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11月2日水曜日

Buddhist Monks led the 30th annual Peace Walk in Okinawa

Buddhist monks has been organizing an annual peace walk in Okinawa since 1985.
This year also they walked through from north to south. On the way they spent 3 days at Takae in solidarity with a people who is stopping the construction of U.S. helipads.

It was  a quite important jointed action with the people.

Reason why?

Because recently there is a kind of rumor that says "people who protest at Takae is not a local people, they are activist and leftist, some of them are even extremist".

I heard real examples from my friends.

One of the friend who's older brother is serving as a riot police in Tokyo.
The older brother told my friend that people who protest in Okinawa is "extreme leftist".

Another friend of mine who was born & raised in Okinawa.
She has an older sister who was working in Bank (20th or 30th of the her age).
The older sister found out an information on the internet and she believed that people who protest in Henoko or Takae, they are Korean or Chinese people.

These false information are all over in the internet world.

I feel it's very scary. 
It reminds me that how the man of power oppressed and crackdown the people in a time of war.

There-fore the presence of Buddhist monks and different looking people in Takae gave a courage to people.

Actually most of the people in Takae is an ordinary people, I mean retired men & women and sometime young people join for a short time.

More people need to be at Takae. otherwise "the power" try to isolate people in Takae Action.

Prayer with a hand drum & Buddhist chanting in front of riot police
Offering a prayer for their awakening 
Police making human jail while trucks go through 
at Okinawa Defense Bureau
'till the last year they let us get inside to talk with, but this year they came out shortly to receive our letter.
at Torii Station of U.S. Army Special Forces
This red gate is a symbol of Japanese Shrine, they use for their gate
Beach at Henoko
Peace Walk in Ie island
Northern point of Okinawa

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  1. 沖縄平和行進の皆さま
    ご苦労さまでした。
    ほんの2日間だけでしたが、同行させていただき感謝です。
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