November 13, 2009

Covering Okinawa in Eng., cont.

-Martin Fackler, "Okinawans Grow Impatient With Dashed Hopes on U.S. Base", New York Times, Nov. 11, 2009. [A version of this article appeared in print on November 12, 2009, on page A6 of the New York edition.]

-"Editorial:It’s Also Time for “Change” for the Bases in Okinawa. We Urge You to", Ryukyu Shinpo, Nov. 13, 2009. [Japanese version is here.「オバマ米大統領へ/沖縄基地もチェンジの時 平和賞にふさわしい英断を」, 『琉球新報』2009年11月13日]

-“Mr. President, I have a talk with you, as an American-Okinawan Uchinanchu to", Ryukyu Shinpo, Nov. 13, 2009.

-Masaaki Gabe (Prof. of University of Ryukyus), "Okinawa Marines’ Raison d’etre lost in a changing world", Ryukyu Shinpo, Nov. 13, 2009.

-Seigen Miyazato (Head of the Okinawa international issues study group), "Be democratic and respect human rights Remove U.S. Marine out of Okinawa", Ryukyu Shinpo, Nov. 13, 2009.

-Kunitoshi Sakurai (President Okinawa University), "-Please listen to the voices of Okinawa- To Mr. Barack Obama, President of Unit", Ryukyu Shinpo, Nov. 13, 2009.

-Douglas Lummis (Political Scientist), "Keystones and Linchpins: contradictory views on base relocation", Ryukyu Shinpo, Nov. 13, 2009.

November 11, 2009

Covering OKINAWA in English

[Articles on Mass Gathering in Ginowan on Nov. 8]
-Coco Masters, "Japan Protests U.S. Military Ahead of Obama Visit" Time Nov. 09, 2009.
*Correction: Mass gathering was held in Ginowan City, not "Nago City" as discribed in this article.

-Eric Talmadge with the contribution of Mari Yamaguchi (AP), "Marine base debate clouds US-Japan relations" Associated Press hosted by Google, Nov. 10, 2009.

-"Japanese protest against US military base," Press TV, Nov. 08, 2009.

-"Japanese express outrage at US bases," Morning Star, Nov. 08, 2009.

-Yuka Hayashi, Yochi J. Dreazen, "Japan's Mixed Signals Add to Uncertainty Over U.S. Installations," The Wall Street Journal, Nov. 10, 2009.

-Mark Willacy, "Japanese protest against US military presence," ABE News, Nov. 09, 2009.

-"Thousands protest US base in Japan," RTÉ News Nov. 08, 2009.

-Harumi Ozawa, "Japanese protest US base before Obama visit," AFP hosted by Google, Nov. 08, 2009.

-Isabel Reynolds, "Thousands of Japanese protest U.S. base plan," Reuters, Nov. 08, 2009.

-"Locals protest Futemma transfer within Okinawa ahead of Obama visit," Kyodo news, Nov. 08, 2009.

-"Locals protest Okada's idea to transfer U.S. base to Kadena'" Kyodo news, nov. 07, 2009.

-Naoshi Koriyama, "Respect the wishes of Okinawans," in Readers in Coucile, The Japan Times, Nov. 01, 2009.

"Japanese protest against US base," BBC News, Nov. 08, 2009.


-David Allen and Hana Kusumoto, "Protesters rally against Okinawa base plans," Stars and Stripes, Nov. 10, 2009.

-Hana Kusumoto, "Protest prompts more opposition to Futenma plan," Stars and Stripes, Nov. 12, 2009.

-"Locals protest Futenma transfer within Okinawa," Japan Today, Nov. 09, 2009.

March 27, 2008




People living in Okinawa always face the brutal possibility of becoming rape victims due to U.S. Military presence. Okinawans are also in danger of perpetuating this cycle of sexual violence by silencing their outcries against these horrendous crimes. We, Project Disagree, strongly protest the present situation of Okinawa, where the permanent presence of the U.S. Military and the Japanese Self Defense Force continue to sustain the systematic violence of rape that controls people of Okinawa. We raise our voices, from the very venue of Okinawa, stating strongly that “We Disagree” with any kind of sexual violence perpetuated by the very presence of the U.S. Military in Okinawa and abroad.


March 04, 2008

What's going on in Henoko and Takae in Okinawa

tanbarukuina-kun.jpgThursday, March 6 @7PM
at Bluestockings Books
172 Allen Street
New York, New York 10002
(btwn Stanton and Rivington)
TEL: 212.777.6028

Screening of two documentaries, which follow protesters over U.S. militarization in Okinawa. Following the decision to construct new U.S. military facilities in the sea of Henoko and Takae in the mountain on the island, local residents have staged ongoing protests in both sea and land, often physically, but non violently, engaging the authorities' use of brutal force. Trying to literally block with their bodies the militarization of their island.

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February 13, 2008

Statement of OWAAMV

February 13, 2008

The Honorable George W. Bush
President of the United States
Consul General Kevin Maher
United States Consulate General in Naha, Okinawa
Lt. Gen. Richard C. Zilmer
US Military’s Okinawa Area Coordinator

We protest the sexual violence against an Okinawan girl by a U.S. Marine
We demand withdrawal of the U.S. military from Okinawa

We, people of Okinawa, particularly women, are outraged at another heinous crime committed by a U.S. serviceman on February 10th, 2008.

We have been imposed the burden of hosting U.S. military and bases. For long 62 years, the lives of women and children in Okinawa have been made insecure by the presence of the U.S. military and bases.

The fact that the perpetrator took the victim from city center where local residents spend their leisure time on holidays and weekends, demonstrates the close proximity between our daily life and the violence and danger caused by the U.S. military. The perpetrator, a Marine who belongs to Camp Courtney lives outside of the base in a local residential area. Why should U.S. soldiers be allowed to freely enter a residential area at any time? Why is a safe environment for children and women not assured in Okinawa? The fear of the victim, the anger of her family, the shock and anxiety of the local residents are all immeasurable.

The U.S. military has promised over and over “the requirement for the highest standards of conduct,” every time a crime was committed. It is evident that these promises resulted in nothing. It needs to be reminded that in the past, during long weekends such as Independence Day weekend, many girls were revealed to the violence of U.S. soldiers. Behind the crimes that have been made public are many more women and children who could not speak out about the violence they were exposed to.

We call for withdrawal of the U.S. military in order to abolish such violence. We argue that the military is a violence-intrinsic institution. And true security cannot be realized by the military in our community nor between nations.

We demand:
careful and adequate psychological care of the victim,
apology and compensation to the victim,
strict punishment of the perpetrator,
tighter discipline and control over soldiers living in off-base housings.

The realignment and transformation of the US-Japan military alliance will only intensify the functions of the U.S. bases in Okinawa. We demand withdrawal of the U.S. military from Okinawa and closure of the U.S. bases in Okinawa.

Co-chairs, (Ms.) TAKAZATO Suzuyo, (Ms.) ITOKAZU Keiko,
Okinawa Women Act Against Military Violence
3-29-41-102 Kumoji, Naha, Okinawa, 900-0015
Ph. Fax. 098-864-1539

December 15, 2007

Call for Action against Henoko Military Base Construction

People in Okinawa who wish to stop construction of the new base have fixed their eyes on the debate, and are encouraging Okinawa Governor Nakaima and the committee to urge the national government to revise the Henoko document.

They are enthusiastically calling on the SUPPORTERS AROUND THE WORLD to send a message of encouragement to Governor Nakaima and the committee office before DECEMBER 17th (MONDAY), Japan time.

Okinawa Governor Hirokazu Nakaima

The Okinawa Prefecture Environmental Impact Assessment Committee Office,
Okinawa Prefecture Cultural and Environmental Department, Environmental Policies Branch
tel: +81-98-866-2183
fax: +81-98-866-2240

Please read following information for detail...

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September 20, 2007

Voice of Takae renewed

vot-eicon.jpgVoice of Takae (English version) renewed.
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For further infomation, please check Takae info blog (Japanese) .

July 29, 2007

Voice of Takae (English version)

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July 22, 2007

URGENT: Henoko protest leader injured in underwater attack.

As nonviolent resistance to the new U.S. military sea base construction in Henoko, Okinawa, continues, Japanese government aggression against protesters has taken an ugly turn.

On July 21, Natsume Taira, one of the protest leaders, was almost killed in an incident involving a diver from a company contracted by the Defense Facility Administration's Naha Bureau. The Bureau has been pressing ahead with the installation of seabed equipment for what it calls a "pre-survey" -- an activity legal experts say violates Japan's Environmental Impact Assessment Law.

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June 10, 2007

Henoko June 9th and 10th

On June 9th, the Japanese government resumed its illegal 'pre-survey' sea-bed construction work for a new U.S. military base at Henoko, in Okinawa. The work has been conducted for 20 days since May 20. The government's determination to proceed with this act in violation of the Environmental Impact Assessment Law is bad enough; that Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's government would resume their work without a single word of explanation regarding damage the work has caused to living coral shows a social and environmental irresponsibility that is totally unacceptable.

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May 21, 2007

WWF(World Wide Fund for Nature) Japan Statement

Following is a reproduction of a statement by WWFJapan.
It states:
Firstly, the Ministry of Defense calls the "pre-survey" ongoing in Henoko VIOLATES Environmental Impact Assessment Law;

Secondly, the Ministry is proceeding the "pre-survey" with the details remain UNPUBLICIZED, although it is ESSENTIAL to consult experts, environmental protection agencies, and local residents in order to ascertain the best methods to adopt, causing the minimum amount of impact on the surveyed environmentsurvey; and if this "pre-survey" affects the environment, later Environmental Impact Assessments inevitablybecome INACCURATE and UNRELIABLE.

Lastly, the dispatch of members and a Maritime Self-Defense Force warship to execute a survey coercively is NOT the action of a DEMOCRATIC GOVERNMENT.

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May 20, 2007

Henoko: Call for urgent action

Henoko: Call for urgent action

Almost immediately after the victory of the ruling Liberal Democratic Party candidate in the by-election for an Upper House seat on April 22nd, the Japanese government started the process of building a military facility in Henoko with a determination.

On April 24th, the Japanese Defense Facilities Administration Agency (Naha Bureau) and the Japan Coast Guard began “pre-survey” of the Marine survey of the proposed area for the new military facility in Henoko. The Rev. Natsume Taira and others in Henoko have been staging non-violent action to protest and stop the survey, but the JDFAA ships and divers far outnumbered the protestors and their canoes and boats.

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May 18, 2007

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

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May 16, 2007

[Urgent Call for Henoko, Okinawa]

"Japanese Government points a gun at Okinawans for the first time since World War II."

There are reports that the survey will start ON MAY 16 and WE CALL YOU TO SEND YOUR MESSAGE OF DISAPPROVAL.

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