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...