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.


Depth of thought & action

While Henoko New Base construction has been stopped, There are so many things going on around Okinawa only...

One big thing is an election for prefecture government on early June.
 Onaga prefecture government need to keep their seats or get even more.
 Also National diet election will be held on July this year.

One concern is Japanese Defense Force (JDF) is increasing their presence in Okinawa area. They are planning to set new base on Miyako Island, Ishigaki Island, and already in Yonaguni Island.
They also do joint training with U.S. Forces.

The people in Japan who think that Japan needs U.S. Forces presence & also needs to build up JDF, they see China or North Korea or even Russia as menaces and they think way of a resolution is having a deterrent force for our national security.

And when they hear pacifist speaks about achieving peace without military forces. They point out that is not realistic.

But, what they mean realistic ?

From my point of view, having a military force for deterrent a war is not realistic. It won't deterrent a war and also spending enormous budget for militarizing. Then people's minds are also set to the military mind set.

Greed, Fear and ignorance is a source of making war.

Recently, I saw a movie about Tibetan people who has been suppressed by China.
And I compared the words from Tibetan people and Okinawa people.

Tibetan man & woman tranquility said "I don't bear grudge anymore, but I pray for their better life" or "I have forgiven them, I pray for them to find true path of Buddha" something like these.

Many Okinawan elders speak "We don't want to be a sacrifice of Japan again. Okinawa has been discriminated for more than 70 years. We take Abe administration down" something like these.

I concern that Tibetan people maybe not as strong as Okinawa people's words, but deeper...

Okinawa people now have very strong movement against big power but the depth of the words compare to Tibetan people, or for example Native American etc... Less spiritual...Less Religious...
That what I concern....but I'm not pessimistic for the future of Okinawa. Because, their ancestors are always with them and there are few people who offer the prayer everyday...

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