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.


J.P. High Court & Defense Force Push U.S. Base To Be Built

16th Sep. Finally the Japanese high court judged that Okinawan Governor's decision was illegal.
The Judge support J.P. government's complaint almost 100%.

It was very strange to me that the judge even mentioned about North Korea's missile "Nodong"is out of range for Okinawa but not for mainland, therefore Okinawa has its geographical advantage.

The government of Okinawa will make an appeal to supreme court.
However we have no positive guess for the final judgement.

Last week Yanbaru Forest area became a national park except this "Jungle Warfare Training Center"
                      Utilizing all authority and power and money for U.S. militarization

Japanese Defense Force dispatched for carrying heavy vehicles for U.S. helipads construction.
It was a first time in a history to dispatch JPDF for U.S. base construction.

Tens of Police vehicles from all over Japan park 24 hours to protect U.S. base construction.

           This beautiful rain forest is carrying 60% of water supply for all Okinawan island.
However no one knows that if the water is contaminated inside of base.

At 2 p.m. on September 16, presiding judge Toshiro Tamiya handed down a verdict in a lawsuit brought by the Japanese national government against the Okinawa prefectural government over Okinawa governor Takeshi Onaga’s cancellation of a permit to reclaim land in Henoko, Nago City. In filing the lawsuit, the national government argued that it was illegal for Governor Onaga not to obey a “rectification order” by the government demanding that he undo the cancellation of the permit. Judge Tamiya accepted the government’s argument and ruled it illegal for Governor Onaga not to abide by the rectification order.
This ruling was the first to be made by a court in relation to the Henoko base construction issue. The ruling will inevitably impact future discussions concerning the relocation of U.S. Marine Corps Air Station Futenma. The Okinawa prefectural government plans to appeal the ruling, whereupon the legal battle over the permit cancellation will be brought to the Supreme Court

.     by  Ryukyu Shimpo

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