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9日水曜日

Losing a Virgin forest in Okinawa

 There are already over 2000 trucks has been carried into a Virgin Forest of Takae, Okinawa.

 While the global warming as environmental issue is a one of the biggest issue in a world of today, a destruction of the Virgin Forest is completely wrong action to make.
It's an action going against times.

 
There are also hundreds of endemic species in this forest.
They live only in this forest of this world.

As well as 60%-70% of the water for people in Okinawa is provided by this forest.

Okinawa is a small island and no high mountains.
So, drought was an always big issue for people on this island.
However, Okinawa constructed numbers of dams in this few decades.

However, most of the dams in Okinawa are inside of U.S. Bases.

When the U.S. Military contaminate the water in dams, They don't give a notice to people.
As well as, they don't let Okinawa to investigate the area.

the Life in Okinawa is on the Hand of U.S. Military, Because the Water that we drink is in a U.S. Base.

I'm sure that if you know this truth, You would be amazed.
That what is your government does to the people of rest of world.

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