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12月17日木曜日

Raising a Consciousness of people. Why No Base.

1.4 million population in Okinawa.
a few hundreds of people at the gate of Camp Schwab to stop Henoko New Base everyday.

Majority people in Okinawa know about Henoko.

But most of people don't know a connection between US Bases in Okinawa & Victims in Middle East countries.

People come to Henoko to stop the war. not to stop just a construction.

I see the people who stands in side of a fence, Their hands are bloodstained.

People need more imagination.
Veterans for Peace. Thank you very much for their dedication.
They had many different meetings with different people.

Our action should not only among us, but with all kinds of people.
The VFP members also joined in the demonstrations and sit-ins in front of the new Camp Schwab gate. Tarak Kauff, a VFP board member, expressed enthusiastic support for the protesters. He drew on his experience of solidarity with movements in Great Britain and South Korea. Kauff said that the opposition movement here at Henoko has international significance and there are people all over the world fighting the same fight. He went to on to say that he will continue fighting together with all of the protesting citizens.
When the VFP members joined the early morning sit-in protests, the riot police exhibited caution, agreeing to remove the Japanese protesters first and the foreign protesters after.
On December 11, at around 7 a.m. and 9 a.m., a total of around twenty construction vehicles entered the grounds of Camp Schwab, including thirteen cement mixer trucks and dump trucks carrying gravel.
No obvious construction work was observed that day at sea in Oura Bay. Four protest boats and thirteen protest canoes took to the sea to protest the construction.

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