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.

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.


2017年5月10日水曜日

WE ARE HERE TO PROTECT ーWATER IS LIFEー

Water Protectors from NY have come to Henoko to stand in solidarity with the sit-in.

Upon learning of the struggle that the people of Okinawa face with the Henoko base construction, several Peace Walkers and Activists were inspired to show their support. We learned of the Military Base issue on a Water Protection Peace Walk between New York and New Jersey raising awareness for the Pilgrim and Algonquin Pipeline Projects. We see the similarities in the struggles of indigenous people within the United States and the people of Okinawa as one struggle for protecting our water and land sovereignty. With prayers and great hope, we bring the spirit of Standing Rock to raise the hopes of the Okinawa People, inspire the youth to speak out, and show respect and compassion for the Marines that find themselves trapped by the choices of government and military powers. A peace walk will take place in June and our prayers will be carried from the Northern to Southern tip of Okinawa as we recall the suffering endured by all affected by the Battle of Okinawa. - Jim Suriano








2017年4月17日月曜日

Henoko New Base Construction 17th April 2017




90% of Resisters are elders from Okinawa and Main Land.
Young ones are rarely address in this struggle.


A retired school teacher comes very often as he experienced the battle of Okinawa.


Before starting to lift up resisters, police give an announce to move by themselves.


Security company called ALSOK covers all around Japan's security guard.
However, Okinawa U.S. military base's work is just intense.
As those workers are ordinary men, not being trained like police or military.
I wonder that how much they understand about what their job brings to Okinawa's future.


20 Concrete mixer trucks and other trucks came into the base this morning.
Recently, 3 times a day, the trucks go into the base.
Certainly, the construction goes forward day by day.


Except Wednesday and Sunday trucks go into.
It is depends on the number of the people.
200-300 people can stop the police attack.
But, today was only 50 people.


Okinawan elderly woman talk to Okinawan young riot police.

2017年3月21日火曜日

Native Nations Rise Up !! (Report from U.S.A.)

5 people from Okinawa came for a peace walk for Native American.
University Students from Okinawa who are age of early 20th joinned a Peace Walk called Water Walk for Life which walks beside a proposed route for a oil pipeline where it go through on or under sacred site for Indigenous people called Ramapough-Lenaape.

When I compare peace movement or social justice movement between Japan and USA, I see many spiritual or religious people at front-line of the movements in USA but I rarely see in Japan.

What is a significance of NoDAPL movement is a changing the consciousness of people that protest to protect.

By occupy wall street, many people as well as youth people were awaken and stood up for their right and future.

I see the occupy wall street was as more political movement.

However, NoDAPL movement which was led by Indigenous people was more spiritual movement.

Their highest priority is Prayer.
and Respect whoever they are with compassionate behavior. Because we are one family of this mother earth.

Therefore, a meaning of non violence is much deeper than any peace movements in Japan.

Non violent resistance, as Sattya Graha was started by Mahatma Gandhi for an independent from U.K.

It was a quite a political movement but Gandhi explained that this is a religious & spiritual movement.

When we change the world, we need to change our states of mind and daily life style.

For better solution of Okinawa US military base issue, we need more spiritual power and people from Standing Rock or America.

We invite all of you who read this.

Because from this May, Japanese and U.S. Government may start reclamation of coral bay for new military base for U.S. in Okinawa Japan.

We need people from all over the world to protect Okinawa sea.

We are not protesting, but we are protecting.

Human greed and ignorance are putting us a critical time for humans to keep surviving on this mother earth.
Let's unite !!
Lakota women offering songs.
In front the white house
Sitting Bull is from Standing Rock
No U.S. Bases in Okinawa.
A Okinawan man carry a banner.
Twins from Okinawa march together.
Lakota elder, Cheryl Angel talk about her experience at Standing Rock.
Cherokee women share their history with peace walkers.
Split Rock Sweet Water camp at New Jersey. Ramapough-Luaapes people hold prayer camp to stop Pilgrim pipeline.
Chief Perry purify people with sage.
Cherokee women lead the walk.
Split Rock Sweet Water Camp.
Women create peace.

2017年2月15日水曜日

Re-Stared Henoko Reclamation for U.S. Marine Corp New Base.


 Super Fast JPCG Boat protects U.S. Marine Corps New Base Construction.
 
JPCG Jumped into our Boat for Restriction.

Huge Drilling Survey Ship Entered in Oura Bay.
 
 JPCG Tell us to Keep Away from the Area.
 
Poseidon 1 Started to Drill at Oura Bay.

  
  Hundreds of Protectors Try to Stop the Enter for Construction Vehicles & Workers.

This Day, Police took 3 hours to Open the Gate.

This Day, Dozen of Vehicles Had to Wait for 3 hours until Police Remove all People.
 
A Buddhist Monk lifted by Polices to Open the Gate.


This Time I Use An Article From Ryukyushimpo.

Editorial: Henoko Construction Will Cause Irreparable Damage To The Sea Environment; Prefectural Government Must Take Action

February 7, 2017 Ryukyu Shimpo

The government has started work in the ocean for the new Henoko base in preparation for large-scale land reclamation.
This outrageous behavior tramples on Okinawans’ overwhelming opposition to the construction, expressed in countless elections and opinion polls, and invites anger. Prior to the commencement of works, the prefectural government requested a detailed explanation of the work to be done, but the government unilaterally cut off discussions. We strongly protest the government’s high-handed disregard for local autonomy.
The new base will facilitate deployment of the dangerous Osprey aircraft and reinforce the U.S. base presence in Okinawa. It will also cause irreversible damage to the ocean, which is a treasure of the Okinawan people and a natural habitat that is also important from a global perspective. We reaffirm our demand that the government immediately cease construction, and call on the prefectural government to take all possible measures to prevent the construction.

Osprey’s defects become clear

The construction of a new base in Henoko will constitute an increase in the base burden borne by Okinawans and will entail massive destruction of nature. For these two significant reasons, it cannot be accepted.
The new Henoko facility will have both an airfield and a port for ships. Osprey and the new F35 fighter plane will be deployed and operated from the new base, leading to an indisputable increase in Okinawa’s burden.
The government long concealed the plan to deploy the defective Osprey, deceiving Okinawans.
An Osprey crashed at the end of last year, proving Okinawans’ anxieties about the aircraft to be well-founded. The accident that occurred during midair refueling drills bought to light defects in the aircraft’s body structure and training mode.
U.S. military documents reported on by the Ryukyu Shimpo acknowledged flaws in the Osprey’s body structure, indicating the possibility of midair refueling hoses and apparatuses bumping into the aircraft during refueling, and predicted the possibility of an accident, stating that a major tragedy could occur of the hose hit the Osprey’s propellers.
The recent accident happened just as described in the document. If the structural flaw in which the hose could into the propeller is not fundamentally resolved, another tragedy is inevitable.
The U.S. military and the government have made no comment on the reporting of these crucially important facts that show the impossibility of safe operation of the Osprey. And now, they are pushing forward with construction at sea. They are prioritizing the construction of a U.S. base at the sacrifice of Okinawan lives.
The sea area to be reclaimed is one of the last pristine ocean areas that remains in the vicinity of Okinawa Island.
In a survey of Oura Bay conducted by the Nature Conservation Society of Japan, more than 40% of the ocean floor was found to be covered by coral, which was assessed to be in healthy condition.
The 228 large concrete blocks to be dropped into the ocean will damage the coral and impact the endemic natural ecosystem. The International Union for Conservation of Nature has made multiple recommendations that the dugong be protected, but the Japanese government ignored them. The dugong disappeared from the area when floats were put up. The planned land reclamation will cause devastating damage to the natural environment in Oura Bay.
The abundant nature in the sea is also an important tourism resource. The lives of precious wildlife and one of Okinawans’ resources for tourism are about to be stolen away.

International solidarity and information strategies are neede


U.S. Defense Secretary Mattis visited Japan to meet with the prime minister and defense minister and confirmed support for the Henoko base construction. He showed no inclination to pay any heed to the objections of Okinawans or the Okinawa prefectural government.
The U.S.-Japan alliance is attempting to use force to suppress Okinawa’s popular will. But Okinawans will not give in. Okinawans will not resign themselves to being sacrificed by Japan and the United States.
The Okinawa prefectural government should not bend under heavy pressure from the U.S. and Japanese governments and should exercise all possible legal and administrative countermeasures.
The government plans to create as many fait accomplish as possible in quick succession, putting up a silt curtain after the blocks are sunk and then moving on to embankment work for the land reclamation. The government has also unilaterally asserted that procedures to renew the coral crushing permit, which will expire at the end of March, are “unnecessary”, and plans to forego the permit renewal and proceed with construction.
There will be no way to recover the nature that is lost through the land reclamation. The prefectural government should make no delay in taking such steps as revoking the previous governor’s approval of the land reclamation and taking legal action against unlawful crushing of coral.
Okinawans are facing oppression from the Japanese and U.S. governments, but they are not alone. We must spread opposition to the base construction in Japan and abroad and confront the two governments.
It is also necessary to counter the government’s manipulation of information with claims that local residents accept the construction and that the Osprey is safe. It is crucial to involve experts on military, legal and administrative matters, as well as environmental protection groups, and to advance information strategies to strengthen international solidarity.
(English translation by T&CT and Sandi Aritza)