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