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.


MV-22 Osprey crushed in Nago, Okinawa.

In the night of 13th December. 
MV-22 Osprey of USMC crushed in a quiet & small village of Abu.
Abu is a part of Nago-city but Abu locate on the east coast of Nago.
Abu is close to Henoko where usually the tourist or even Okinawa people don't stop at this village. It's a kind of mysterious place. There is a tiny island call "All-jima" where no people but goats. This "All-jima" is sacred site for local people.

Anyway, 5 passengers of Osprey were rescued & two of them were injured is the information from USMC.

Osprey is an air craft which is the most being scared one by Okinawa people.
Because of it's high percentage of accident that is why Osprey has an another name as"Widow Maker".

Osprey crushed on the reef where is about a half mile from the village.

From the beginning, the deployment of MV-22 Osprey was denied by people of Okinawa and local leaders of all Okinawa also requested to not deploy the Osprey.

In this situation, the accident was happened.

On next day of the accident Lt. Gen. Lawrence Nicholson visited the prefectural authorities & he met with vice-governor of Okinawa.
Lt. Gen. Lawrence Nicholson said to the vice governor that 
" the pilot should be praised, he avoided housing area"
"we should be appreciated of no victims from the accident"

These words by Lt. Gen. Lawrence Nicholson caught fire on people of Okinawa.

Okinawa government & media expressed that "These words came from colonialism mind."

Takae's helipads are almost completed & Camp Schwab's barracks are started to build.

Okinawa, still unstable situation...

at Abu beach, USMC troops are holding the broken Osprey
Where the Osprey was crushed
Yellow tape shows the temporary fence.
Civilians are not allowed to get close.
USMC troops surround the broken Osprey.
Japanese Authorities are not allowed to investigate the accident.
Taking back all pieces of evidence.
a Piece of Osprey.
Japanese police work for USMC... 
Near the Abu village where USMC troops made temporary camping site.
I wonder how does the Japanese law allowed for USMC taking a land suddenly...