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.


2017年1月18日水曜日

American & English Peace Walkers Came to Okinawa


Peace Walkers arrived at Henoko Fishermans Port.


Locals joined for Dinner at Community center where neighbor of Henoko.


Walkers joined sit-in at Camp Schwab.


Walkers joined the arms with Okinawan People.


Walking at Southern Okinawa where the Battle of Okinawa was Heavily Fought.


Over Looking Oura Bay where is Proposed site for Reclamation.



On 10th to 16th January 2017, 
5 Monks, 3 Veterans for Peace, One Native American Woman (Wampanoag), African American and Chinese Americans, Vietnamese American, Japanese Americans, and 3 women. 2 Japanese drivers.

It was a historical action by over 30 delegates from U.S. and England.

Walkers first visited southern Okinawa to learn a history about the Battle of Okinawa.
Without knowing the history, You won't understand the present situation

Next day, .Walkers visited Kakazu hill top where you can over look the Futenma Air Base.

Futenma Air Base is not called officially as Air Base, Because above the air way there are houses, schools, hospitals, kinder gardens and even city office. So Aerial law of Japan or even America, This Futenma Base is illegal for the law.

Then Walkers arrived at Yomitan Village.

Gathering at night and told a story about Standing Rock to Okinawa people.

In a morning visited Shimuk cave and Chibichiri cave.  
Shimuk is the one no one get killed because before the U.S.-Japan war occured, many Okinawans were in Hawaii. Therefore, those immigrants knew that how U.S. soldiers treat enemies. So they persuaded other Okinawans in a cave to be prisoners of war who were wanting to commit suicide because they only knew that how Japanese soldiers treat prisoners of war in Asian countries.

In a another cave Chibichiri, there was horrible moment that they choose to commit suicide rather than being captured by U.S. soldiers.
Even mothers killed their children, they believed it's better to be dead rather than being captured.

Next day, walkers joined Kadena Action at a gate for Kadena Air Force Base.
This action has been taking on every Friday.

It was a great moment that we had a speaker from Veterans for Peace, Native American, African American, Vietnamese woman, Senior Buddhist Monk and Okinawan Elder.

Some of the walkers pointed out about Okinawa & Native American Issue is same root.
I put Hawaii and Guam,too.

a Law of the Nature which many Indigenous community used to be live with has been destroying the Future of Human World.

Is it important to have a solidarity between Okinawa & American Indian ?





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