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.

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7月16日土曜日

a Will of Okinawa is kept ignored by Japan...

Right after the National election finished in Japan on 11th July. Japanese government suddenly carried in construction materials into Takae Helipad proposed site which is at most northern area in Okinawa. Known as U.S. Marine's Jungle War-fare Training Center.

The all elections won for the representatives for national diet. All 6 representatives of Okinawa are against the construction more U.S. bases in Okinawa.

The will of the people in Okinawa is so obvious.

However, Japanese government will send 500 - 1000 riot polices for speedy U.S. military construction. Which means for a removal of people who protest.

It reminds me Japanese Imperial Force invasion to Asian countries.

Moreover, 14th July Jap. Government & Okinawa prefecture government discussed to find a solution. It was an order from the court to discuss between Japanese government & Okinawa.

However, suddenly the Jap. Government expressed to restart the construction in Henoko.
Jap. government says that the working on the land is not a part of our agreement.

I say that is a stupid quibble, but this quibble won't be a big news in Japan.
It's so ridiculous for Okinawa's awaken people that Jap. government demolished an agreement.


At Takae, riot polices remove people, even elders who experienced the battle of Okinawa.




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