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Japanese Government Aggression in Henoko Strengthens Local Resistance

Japanese Minister of Defense Fumio Kyuma said today in a national
parliament committee session, "the Japanese Maritime Self Defense Forces
in Henoko might do a 'pre-survey' on behalf of private contractors in
the event they have difficulties with interrupters." The Ministry of
Defense had until now kept silent regarding the mission of the Japanese
Maritime Self Defense Forces in Henoko, Okinawa, but Kyuma's words
indicate the possibility of actual involvement of the JMSDF in the
construction of the new U.S. off-shore military base in Henoko. He
continued, "we will take appropriate measures." His remarks revealed the
Japanese government's eagerness to press ahead with construction of the
base.

This shows the government's increasing concern about the base opposition
movement's unity and power. Otherwise, why would the government send the
army to confront people protesting with small canoes? The government
also should know that increasing numbers of people in Japan and around
the world are joining in solidarity with the people in Henoko.

This aggression of the government has in fact prompted more people to
stand up. In Kure, Hiroshima, mother port of the Japanese Maritime Self
Defense ship, 'Bungo,' people demonstrated yesterday in front of the
Kure JMSDF District Headquarters. "I cannot contain the resentment
emerging from the bottom of my heart about the government's
insensitivity" said Ichiro Yuasa, a member of Peace Link
Hiroshima-Kure-Iwakuni, who has been fighting against the overseas
dispatch of the JSDF. In Tokyo, a demonstration in front of the Ministry
of Defense is planned for May 19.

Back in Henoko, an urgent call for mobilization was made to stop the
set-up of a construction supply station in the Henoko fishing port. Some
reports say the set-up process will start in a matter of hours, and
people are maintaining a vigil through the night.

Please take action for Henkoko!
http://okinawaforum.org/disagreeblog/2007/05/urgent_call_for_henoko_okinawa.html#more


Hikaru Kasahara(Asian Peace Alliance[APA] Japan)