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.


2016年5月26日木曜日

Spirit of victims, we carry & move forward to close all military bases

The woman who has been killed is a close person.
I never met her but, she was a neighbor of my acquaintance.
She was age of 20's.
I have a hole in my heart. I guess everyone in Okinawa feel deep sorrow.


There were more than 574 atrocious crimes in this 43 years.
Before 1972 which is under U.S. military government rule, there were even more atrocious crimes.
"Enforcement of the law of the land in a U.S. soldiers" is a word which is after the crimes Military & government always express and never been come true.


People decided to stop all military & Y number vehicles.
Prevention of U.S. militant's crimes, we don't allowed them to go out side from Bases.
U.S. militants are everywhere in Okinawa. They have no restrictions to go out and drinking.
This is extremely dangerous for ordinary people.

This yellow line is a border line. we can't get into other side. If we did, we'd be arrested.
But, on the other hand, for U.S. soldiers, they can walk into both sides.
Now, Okinawan movement can reach new action. To shut down all base's gates in all around Okinawa.
                                                Blocking the gate by blocks
                                        Elders stands to stop a military truck
                                 U.S. female soldier shooting people's close shoot
                                  You are welcome to join this struggle in Okinawa      

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