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20日金曜日

International Peace Walkers in Okinawa



At Himeyuri Students War Nurse Memorial.
In a Museum the Survivors tells the testimony of the Battle of Okinawa.
Veterans for Peace met a survivor.


Shimuk Cave where fortunately no victims during the Battle of Okinawa.
Because of the Okinawan Immigrants to Hawaii were in this cave and told to the people in a cave to be captured by U.S. soldiers and becoming the prisoners of war.


Chibichiri Cave is the one of the most well known historical site where 83 civilians out of 140 Okinawa local people committed mass suicide.
Mother killed her children, Children killed their parents.
Why? Because of brain washing by Japanese Imperialistic or Extreme Patriotic Education.
They choose to die rather than being captured by the Enemy.


Okinawa's younger friends came for dinner and share about their activities.
They started a village called "Wakage no Itari Mura". Their aim is that to create Peace out of Old System and more independent system with food & house etc... and also communicate with people out side of Okinawa or Japan.



Veterans for Peace at the front with Vietnam war survivor.
Walking Prayer on the most busiest street in Okinawa called "Kokusai dori".


At the Prefecture Office Building.
Gathering Prayer for supporting Okinawa local government to stay strong on the struggle with Japanese & U.S. both government about Military Base issue.


At a Jail in Naha.
3 men are jailed for 3 months.
One man is suspected of cutting 2 wires in a Base, Piling up concrete blocks in front of the Gate of the Base and Pushing a man of Okinawa Defense Bureau.
Other 2 men are suspected of one of those suspicion.
It is very clear that oppression by the Japanese government towards movement in Okinawa.

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