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8月31日水曜日

【Eisah Festival 】Ancestor's commemoration

On a Moon calendar of mid August. Okinawa commemorate the ancestors with drumming and traditional dance.

So many lives were killed in a battle of Okinawa. One out of four population on the island bacame soil of this island.

But also afer the war, under the U.S. military occupation, there were countless victims.

On 1972, after the returning to Japan, there are still discrimination  by Japanese main landers, because they want to keep U.S. military bases not in a main land but father south in Okinaa.

What solidarity means on this world of today?

I know there is nNative Americans, Australian Aborigines Hawaian and Chamoro people, South Americans, Koreans, Taiwanese, Indians, East Timor, Burmese, Arabian people, Kurdish, Africans etc...

I mean everywhere,there is a struggle to prorect life and right.

Here in Okinawa, we always face to police and construction company's workers, both of us don't want this situation. Both of us don't really want Military helipads in a Yambal forest.

It's so sad that we have to face here, but who push this construction is not here.

Once again we commemorate our ancestors and we rememer the #way of life, as a human being living on this mother earth.

2016年8月29日月曜日

Yambaru forest is slowly being killed.

It has been a month since the construction started.
Now, Okinawa Defense Bureau is making a road to helipads construction sites.
According the order from U.S. military high officer to complete all helipads as soon as possible, Japanese government is in a hurry.

One remarkable news is that Okinawa Defense Bureau is planning to use Japanese Defense Force's helicopter CH47.

Finally, Japanese goverment started to use their own weaponized force to make U.S. military base.

Takae is not well known like Henoko.
Therefore, numbers of people in Takae is not as many as Henoko.

A big point to stop the construction is to gather many people.
When there are a couple hundreds people gathered in Takae ODB and Japanese riot police don't send trucks.

I ask each one of you to have more interest about Okinawa.

2016年8月8日月曜日

Jeju Island, South Korea, Naval Base on the island of great nature

I visited Jeju island on this summer.
It's been a year since I visited Gangeong village last time.
I was very shocked and depressed of seeing that complete of Naval base.

Those walls used be divided a village and a naval base has been taken away. 
Now, you can see the naval base from a village, its massive presense of concreat is weird.
It doesn't fit in a old beautiful village.

I can't imagine that how much suffering for the villagers.

First 4 pictures are about [hundreds bows] in front of naval base.
Every morning at 7 a.m. People start to bow toward naval base for an hundred times.

Soldiers are walking by.

Pictures of mountain is Mt. Hallasan.
A most sacred and highest mountain in Jeju island.
I could see a naval base from Hallasan.
What would Hallasan think about this Naval base that what I thought when I see it from the mountain.

However, people in gangeong think that make this village as the place where is spreading peace.