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10月16日日曜日

Takeshi Onaga, the governor of Okinawa

What makes him a specific governor in a history of Japan?

I think that one reason is because he is from LDP party.
He says, he is a conservative politician and He thinks that Japan-Us security treaty is needed.
However, a burden of the U.S. base in Okinawa is excessive.
About 75% of U.S. base in Japan is in Okinawa.
20% of the main island of Okinawa is occupied by U.S. forces.
And this is a Dual Structure Discrimination, which means by U.S. & Japan.

Onaga says, If the U.S.-Japan security treaty is important for Japanese national security,
                 We, all Japan equally accept the burden of U.S. bases.
                 Why only Okinawa have to suffer by U.S. military presence?

So, He represents the people of all Okinawa. Not only for a few political party.

He also says, Not an Ideology but an Identity.

Now, He is an only one in all political field in Japan who is so determined to face U.S. & Japanese  governments.

Majority people in Okinawa has been suffering with U.S. military bases presence.
And still we can not get rid of the most of the bases from Okinawa.
That's why people in Okinawa expect a lot about Mr. Onaga.

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