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.


Take Back Kadena Air Force Base.

The most powerful base in Okinawa is Kadena Air Force Base(AFB).
Kadena AFB has two runways with ammunition depot area. 
This base is much bigger than Narita Tokyo Air Port.

While Henoko's construction is stopping, people start to eliminate all U.S. bases in Okinawa.

After the WW 2, U.S. Military took over this ex-Japanese Military runway. And Expanded the function of the base.
From Korean war and Vietnam war, also up to now. This base has been used for the war of U.S.
Many accidents are happening all the time. Because, Okinawa is very small island, so all air crafts fly upon the public road and cities and towns.

As well as Noise and contamination to people and environment.

Today was a first day of Kadena Action in front of Kadena AFB.
It was a remarkable day for us and U.S. Many soldiers misunderstand Okinawa people's hearts.
Okinawa people are nice to U.S. people, so many soldiers think that they are welcomed but that is not true. 
People are so suffering that from this base people of other parts of world were killing.
They used to live in Kadena but forcibly their land was stolen and never been inside again.

It's still sacred for native people. How can they give up their home land.

Hija river is one of the biggest river in Okinawa and daily water for a lot of people.
Hija river run into Kadena AFB before go into the ocean. When people asked to U.S. to open records about Hija river contamination accidents. U.S. gave records of this few decades.

The record was showing that many times AFB had accidental contamination to the River. However U.S. never informed to people of Okinawa even they know that this water is drunk by people.

When the U.S. soldiers commit crimes, high commander announces an apologize and say we wanna be a good neighbor.

People have to wake up & speak up to shut down all bases, otherwise this small island will be fully contaminated in a future.


Pictures from Ryukyu......

          Joined the hands at the front of Camp schwab gate. In a rain, people sing & dance.
Our strong & respected elders of Okinawa & Japan.
                                 Sometime, young ones also show up at the gate.
                                  Marvelous creature in a Yanbaru rain forest.
                                          Standing with a great dignity, I say...
 Human's Sit, This is a pineapple farm. all Red soil flow into the sea. And Corals dies...
             Everyday, people come to join "Sit in" at Takae where the Yambaru forest is.
                      Spring started in Yambaru forest. Beautiful smell is carried by winds.
Are you feeling anger? By seeing those people, I say, I feel deep sadness for them. The Humans forgot how we were born into this world & forgot why you were born on this mother earth....
Let's work together to remember and remind the all people who forgot !!!


Finally, Blocking a Headquarter of U.S. Military Base in Okinawa

6th April
Around one thousand people gathered & blocked a gate of U.S.Marines H.Q. Camp Foster.
Okinawa People are angry for U.S. military's an abuse of power.

Camp Foster has Headquarter office, Soldier's & Family's housings, Primary & Junior high & high school, Fire station, Post office, Bank, Church, Supermarket, Cinema, Bowling alley & more amusement facilities. Everything you need in your daily life is here. 

60 to 70 % are over 60's people.
Their hearts are strong.

Suddenly, people started to close a gate. Police and securities couldn't do any.

What is this fence? What is divided by this? Why people over there have to cover their faces?

Japanese Police, Japanese security guards and other authorities. Why they stay other side?
All public servants are paid by tax, so how come they stay in U.S. military base?

U.S. & Japanese Flag watching down the people.

I don't know what is in his mind... @ Henoko

Always there are some U.S. officers to check the protest. @ Henoko

Tanks drive public road is everyday's view. War has never ended on this island since 1945...
                                                            @ Henoko