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7月1日土曜日

American Friends Two Months Experience in Okinawa.

Morning prayer at Henoko Camp Schwab.

 Sometimes in a heat, sometimes in a rain.

Everyday's scene at a Camp Schwab gate. Wish our drumming & chanting soak into their hearts...
                 
 
All people are removed by J.P. police for opening the gate for US base construction vehicles.                  

                      

                      
                              Hundred of trucks line up to enter the US base.

                     
They are private security company called ALSOK. They are just ordinary men from mainland.

                      
                                       Stand in front of Military vehicle.
  
            Two Dragon Eyes and the body then tail. As a Protector of sea that is Dragon.



Ie island. One day trip to learn a history of Ie. Horrible battle in 1945. And start place of Nonviolent Resistance in Okinawa by Farmers. One of the leader is Shoko Ahagon who is named after as "Okinawan Gandhi".


                                    "USMC BOUNDARY" marks divide the land.

                    Memorial tower of the Battle of Okinawa who were killed in Ie island.

                               Tacchu Mountain stands at center of Ie island.
                   
                     
                 Oura bay where is a proposed site for US New Military Base by Landfill.

                     
                               Local people say that this is a Dragon Face.

                 "Henoko Blue" the canoe team try to reach to construction site but...

                    Japanese Coast Guard has many & better boats to catch canoes.

                      
Gravels are dumping in to the water. The noise of the gravel into the water is just so irritate us...

                              Water song of Algonquin people sang by Poko and us.
Nibi Wabo Endyain Aqui Miski Nibi Wabo Hai ya Haiya Haiya He Haiya Haiya Haiya Ho !!!

                      

                      
Near Kadena Air Base. Biggest Air Base in Far East Asia. Non stop landing over people's life...

                     
Offered a Prayer for Rina Shimabukuro. Who was raped & Murdered last year by US ex-Marine man. and dumped in a Jungle. Be founded after few week....
This ex-Marine man was just had Baby with his Okinawan wife... It sounds like he just had having a happy life, we can not understand how he ended up of occur this terrible result...

                                 
                     Prayer stays forever in this place....thank you for your prayer....

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