[Urgent Call for Henoko, Okinawa]
"Japanese Government points a gun at Okinawans for the first time since World War II."
According to news reports, the Japanese Government has dispatched the Japan Maritime Self Defense Force ship "Bungo" to Henoko, Okinawa. Bungo is a gun boat and minesweeper equipped with divers. It is reported the members of Maritime Self Defense Force will assist private contractors in the environmental “pre-survey” for the military off-shore base at Henoko. The environmental assessment is an initiative of the Defense Facility Administration Bureau. Local groups and media, including T.V. Okinawa have noted that the Maritime Self Defense Force involvement in the Bureau’s activity here is extremely unusual.
The details of the Maritime mission in Henoko remain unannounced. Although Yasuhisa Shiozaki, Chief Cabinet Secretary, said the Maritime Self Defense Force in Henoko is not tasked with suppression of local base opposition, Okinawans suffering from the U.S. presence and the Japanese government’s discriminatory policies reacted with anger. In the early morning of May 14, about 300 people gathered at Henoko beach in the heavy rain. An 80 year-old man from Nago city did not hesitate to show his disapproval, “this act is a part of oppression against Okinawa by the Japanese military once again.” Mr. Natsume Taira, a chief of the local base opposition’s canoe team remained confident , “We will continue to fight to stop the construction of the military base, which aims to kill people in this region and elsewhere.”
The international anti-base community also has their eye on the people’s struggle in Henoko. Ms. Corason Fabros from the International Network for the Abolition of Foreign Military Bases, Ms. Debbie Quinata from the Guam indigenous people’s movement, Ms. Jun Jungsuk from SPARK (Solidarity for Peace and Reunification of Korea) all participated in the morning gathering in Henoko to deliver their strong solidarity, and pledged their support for the Henoko Struggle.
In the evening , some 100 people joined the “Abolition of Military Bases In Asia“ event organized by the Okinawa Citizens Coalition for Peace, in Naha City. Mr. Hiroshi Ashitomi, co-president of the Conference Opposing Heliport Construction, said “This act clearly shows how desperate the Japanese government is to make the new U.S. military base in Henoko against the wishes of the Okinawan people. This is a mess, Japanese democracy is rotting away.”
There are reports that the survey will start ON MAY 16 and WE CALL YOU TO SEND YOUR MESSAGE OF DISAPPROVAL.
Corazon Fabros (The International Network to Abolish Foreign Military Base)
Debbie Quinata (The Chamoru Nation)
Hikaru Kasahara (The Asian Peace Alliance [APA] Japan)
Ju Jeong Suk (Solidarity for Peace and Reunification of Korea[SPARK])
1, Email, Fax, Phone statements of disapproval to the Japanese Government sending Japan Maritime Self Defense Force(JMSDF) to Henoko.
Japan Maritime Self Defense Force(JMSDF)
Tel: +81-3-3268-3111 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Japan Defense Facility Administration Agency (Naha Bureau)
Email: email@example.com Tel: +81-98-868-0174
Ministry of Defense
Japan Coast Guard, 11 Region Headquarter
Tel: +81-98-867-0118 E-mail：firstname.lastname@example.org
U.S. Councilor Office, Naha, Okinawa
U.S. Embassy in Tokyo Tel: +3-3224-5000
2, Send your solidarity message to Henoko people
Heiwa Shimin Renrakukai (Citizens Coalition for Peace, Naha, Okinawa)
Conference Opposing Heliport Construction (Nago, Okinawa)
3, Contributions to newspapers
Nihon Keizai (Nihon Business)
NHK [less than 400 words] https://www.nhk.or.jp/css/goiken/bangumi.html Nihon TV https://www1.ntv.co.jp/staff/form.html Fuji TV https://wwws.fujitv.co.jp/safe/red_mpl/response/res_form.cgi?
TV Asahi Hodo Station
Okinawa Newspapers (less than 400 words)
Okinawa Times email@example.com Ryukyu Shimpo firstname.lastname@example.org
4, Contact person of this matter
Ms. Suzuyo Takazato (Citizens Coalition for Peace, Naha, Okinawa)
Mobile number: +81-90-3072-0672