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6月26日日曜日

Pictures from Okinawa on June 2016


I want to dive into the water, but it's about 30 meters high... Don't make wrong choice...
This is at Yomitan Village, cape Zanpa.


Another view of cape Zanpa.



Farmers are working at their farms. These farms are surrounded by Kadena air base & Oil storage U.S. army base.


Kadena Air Base has been leaking  several different kinds of pollutant in to soil & river.
Don't you think foods are also contaminated ? I know many people evacuated from Fukushima area. However, I founded out that Okinawa is so contaminated by U.S. military presence.


This farm is completely inside of the U.S. base. Farmers has a permission ID to go into a gate.
The land is owned by farmers but Japanese government forcibly rent the land from farmers and give to U.S. military for free.
These farms can be taken away whenever U.S. military needs to use the land.


Concrete roof top is a Okinawan tomb. Over 71 years family members cannot visit any time.


Satellite communication of U.S. military. It's absolutely important for U.S. These ball shaped Satellites are all around world in U.S. bases.



This road is route 58. The biggest National road in Okinawa. For some parts, both side are fenced.


Those red polls are for U.S. military aircraft to land. Just next to route 58.


At Chatan town. Kinder garden's kids walking in a park. I don't know that Kinder garden is in a base or outside of base.


Famous picture of Futenma Air Base at Ginowan city. It's a right middle of city. Picture is from Kakazu hill.


19th June, 65000 people were gathered at Naha to commemorate Rina Shimabukuro and also protest and demand to withdraw all U.S. Marine corps from Okinawa.





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