In southern Japan there is an island called Okinawa. Ryukyu is the previous name of this island before the Japanese invaded in the 17th century.

During World War Ⅱ, Okinawa was sacrificed to protect the Japanese mainland. At that time, the majority Okinawans were Japanised in an education system, forcefully taught a loyalty to Japanese Emperor. In 1945 the U.S. brutally invaded Okinawa — the ”Storm of Iron" — and took the lives of 1 out of 4 Okinawan people.

From 1945 to 1972, the island was ruled by the US Military government. Okinawa became a lawless area. In 1972, the island was returned to Japanese hands.

In July, 2014, both the Japanese and US governments started the construction of a new U.S. military base to have a new base in Henoko, although 20% of the island is already occupied by US Bases. Henoko is the site of beautiful Oura bay. The government plans to landfill Oura bay, an area of unusual of marine bio-diversity where endangered species live.

In June, 2015 opinion poll shows that 80% of Okinawan people oppose the construction of the base. In protest, the people have built a permanent community of tents in front of Camp Schwab, a US Marine Corps base, and we are there every day around the clock. Opposition includes the prefectural government of Okinawa and many national and local representatives in Okinawa are our side.

On 13th、October, 2015
A governor of Okinawa revoked a permission of reclamation which was signed by Previous governor.

The dispute over the new U.S.base's construction in Henoko between Tokyo & Okinawa is set to develop into a court battle.

4th March, 2016
the government of Japan and the Okinawa prefectural government reached a settle ment for lawsuits filed over the plan move U.S.Marine Corps Air Station Futenma to Henoko.

At the moment, All constructions in Henoko has stopped.
Until the Japanese Government violently restart again.

11th July 2016
While the Henoko is stop, Japanese government suddenly re-started TAKAE helipads Construction.
More than 500 riot police has been sent from main land.
Beautiful Rain forest's village has become a chaotic situation.

February 2017
Henoko construction has restarted.
Land Fill has also started. the Government plans to complete in 5 years. However, the Protectors at Henoko keep fighting to protect the bay. As well as a Governor of Okinawa and Mayor of Nago city have power to not being complete the construction.
Next year, January and November, there are elections for both mayor and governor. It's going to be a key for Henoko.

The determined people won't give up.

This blog is to spread the message and to tell the story of our non-violent daily action.


2015年11月25日水曜日

Henoko Wednesday Action

Every Wednesday, members of Okinawa local assemblies join sit in at Henoko 6 a.m.
Last Wednesday, 1200 people came to sit in at the Gate of Camp Schwab. Therefore gate was keep closing automatically. None of the construction vehicles and riot polices showed up.

Today, about 700 hundreds people gathered at 7 a.m. Therefore no vehicles and no police again.
at 9 a.m. people had a break time. Almost all people went to toilet and breakfast.
Then from 10 a.m. people continued to sit in again. However, at this time only a hundred people came back to sit in. people were giving  speeches and most of us were relaxing.

Suddenly, riot polices started running out from the another gate, they run down to our gate and surround us. then made human barricades at each side of sidewalks to stop people to come and go.

Riot police took about 10 minutes to remove ,people, then 8 vehicles with workers went into the construction gate with police escort.

I don't know what is the duty or the work for police.
They have a right to enforce upon people, but people don't have this right, If we do, we'd be arrested by the name of "interference with a government official in the execution of his duties.

Is their duty to help building US military Base ?

Today, Police made a surprise attack.

Where is their justice and humanity ?
Why the nation take a justice and a humanity away from the people !!

Today, I see that the national policies cause the war.   but we never give up.....

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