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 STOP THE CONSTRUCTION OF U.S. MILITARY BASE IN HENOKO!  
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 Coalition Against U.S. Foreign Military Bases 
 December 16, 2018
Coalition Against U.S. Foreign Military Bases
[https://noforeignbases.org/] 

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dugong (a marine mammal related to the manatee)... _ 

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THE COALITION AGAINST U.S. FOREIGN MILITARY BASES SUPPORTS THE
DEMOCRATIC WILL OF THE OKINAWAN PEOPLE AND OPPOSES U.S. MILITARY BASE
CONSTRUCTION AT HENOKO.

Memory of the death and destruction of the Battle of Okinawa is deep
and still present today, as the Japanese central government, in
cooperation with the Pentagon, attempts to build yet another U.S.
airstrip, one which would destroy pristine Oura Bay in Henoko, despite
opposition from some 80 percent of the Okinawan people and their
governor, Denny Tamaki.

Ignoring the people’s will and international opposition, including
from many U.S. military veterans, the Japanese government began
pouring soil and sand into Oura Bay before noon on December 14 in
Nago’s Henoko district. The U.S. Navy claims the construction is
necessary to replace U.S. Marine Corps Air Station Futenma, often
called “the most dangerous airbase in the world.” That hugely
unpopular base, which the U.S. has been promising to shut down since
1996, is currently in the densely populated residential area of
Ginowan.

The airstrip will endanger the people, despoil a pristine environment
and destroy endangered sea life, including the last few dugong (a
marine mammal related to the manatee), which, according to Okinawan
mythology, “has divine status—a messenger of the sea gods,” says
Hideki Yoshikawa, secretariat of the nongovernment organization
Citizens’ Network for Biodiversity in Okinawa. “Today, however,
there are only between three and 10 alive.” The peace movement on
Okinawa is remarkably diverse, like nature itself, but it is united by
a common philosophy: a belief in _nuchi du takara_: all life is
precious.

The excuse that the base is needed for defense is a thin pretext.
Satoko Oka Norimatsu, co-author of _Resistant Islands: Okinawa
Confronts Japan and the United States_, wrote, “The people there
know that the military only attracts violence and death, instead of
peace and stability.” As Hiroji Yamashiro, the charismatic and
popular leader of the anti-base movement, said to people gathering at
Henoko, “The American military stole our land to build bases then
they used these bases to wage wars around the world. If they build a
new base here, they will use it to fight new wars [but] if we win
here, we can send a message of peace around the world.”

This is a crisis of democracy, as the U.S. military and the right-wing
Japanese government under Shinzó Abe are trampling on the democratic
will of the people of Okinawa in order to build yet another base.
Okinawa Gov. Denny Tamaki said, “I cannot help feeling strong
resentment toward the work being carried out in defiance of the
prefectural residents’ will.”

The Okinawan people and their prefectural government have done
everything they can to prevent the base in Henoko being built as a
replacement—and will continue their efforts to stop it if it begins.
The vigil at the gate has continued for more than 5,000 days and the
actual sit-in blocking construction vehicles, which has been joined by
many internationals, has gone on more than 1,000.

The people of Okinawa have experienced 73 years of occupation, the
taking of precious farming land, and now some 30 U.S. military
facilities and 25,000 military personel on this small island. They are
fed up with the pollution, noise, violent crime and accidents caused
by the U.S. military and do not want any new bases built in the
prefecture.

We call upon all peace-loving people to join the people of Okinawa in
opposing the construction of the U.S. Military Base in Henoko. We urge
you to sign the people’s petition to the White House demanding that
the construction be stopped until a democratic referendum can be held
in Okinawa.

TO SIGN THE PETITION PLEASE CLICK HERE
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