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.


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.

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