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 1945the 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.
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.
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 !!!