Okinawa Governor Nakaima: Deny the application to landfill our precious Sea of Dugong for a US military base!
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Okinawa Governor Hirokazu Nakaima

Okinawa Governor Nakaima: Deny the application to landfill our precious Sea of Dugong for a US military base!

    1. 北限のジュゴン // The Northernmost Dugong
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      北限のジュゴン // The Northernmost Dugong

      Henoko, Okinawa, Japan

The Okinawa dugong, a close relative of the manatee and the northernmost population of its species, is now on the verge of extinction. The dugong, a gentle marine mammal once commonly seen around Okinawa, has long been a symbol of the sea rich in life. The coast off Henoko, in Nago, still beautiful with wildlife such as corals and turtles, holds a rich sea-grass colony where the dugong feed.

However, there are plans to landfill this area to construct a US military base. 

In March, Minister of Defense Itsunori Onodera filed with Okinawa Governor Hirokazu Nakaima an application for approval to landfill waters off Henoko in order to build a new base. This filing used an environmental assessment conducted by the Defense Bureau to claim that the dugongs will “stay far away from the construction site”.

The Governor has already expressed grave concerns regarding the environmental assessment and impact on the welfare of local residents. In response, the Defense Bureau has simply maintained its assertion that the dugongs would not be affected.

But on September 22, Kyodo News broke the story that the Defense Bureau had actively hidden important facts about dugong activity in Henoko waters uncovered during its environmental assessment. Dugong feeding traces had been found in the waters off Henoko through April to June last year and a dugong was sighted in Oura Bay, adjacent to the Henoko beach. It’s clear that for the Defense Bureau, those findings constituted ‘inconvenient truths’ better hidden from the public.

The Governor will make his decision on the project before December. If this project is carried out, the Henoko seagrass beds, together with the Okinawa dugong, will be lost forever.

We hope all the people of the world will join us in an effort to continue to co-exist with the dugongs. Please sign and share our petition calling on Okinawa Governor Nakaima to deny the landfill application for the waters of Henoko.

Thank you for your support.

 

Association to Protect the Northernmost Dugong --
Masako Suzuki, Etsuko Urashima, Iyanaga Kenichi

Henoko, Okinawa, Japan

 

Dugong habitat confirmed at relocation site of Okinawa base - Global Post
Photo Copyright - Julien Willem


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To:
Okinawa Governor Hirokazu Nakaima
Please deny the application to landfill our precious Sea of Dugong.

Sincerely,
[Your name]

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    News

    1. There is no justification for the grievous betrayal!

      List of the revealed facts (updated).
      Inconvenient truths come to light one after another.
      Japanese government hided:
      ◆the fact that endangered dugongs have been feeding in Henoko waters, landfill planned area for the base.
      ◆the fact that endangered sea turtles have frequently visited to Henoko beach. They seems to spawn their eggs there.
      ◆the plan the new base will have the function of naval port.
      USS Bonhomme Richard, LHD-6 with Landing Craft, Air Cushioned and MV-22 Osprey will be deployed.
      ◆the many observed facts showing adverse impacts of ships to dugongs. If the construction begins, Henoko will be filled with boats and ships.

      ★Japanese government removed the Okinawa governor’s opinion from the translated English Summary of the Environment Impact Assessment submitted to the Pentagon. The governor said that the environment preservation is impossible if the base is constructed.
      http://www.slideshare.net/TaikoKudo/no-to-destruction

      No to destruction

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    2. List of the revealed facts (updated). Too much inconvenient truths!

      There is no justification for the grievous betrayal!
      #Japanese government hided the fact that endangered dugongs have been feeding in Henoko waters planned landfill for the base.
      #Japanese government hided the fact that endangered sea turtles have frequently visited to Henoko beach. They seems to spawn their eggs there.
      #Japanese government hided the plan the new base will have the function of naval port.
      USS Bonhomme Richard, LHD-6 with Landing Craft, Air Cushioned and MV-22 Osprey will be deployed.
      #Japanese government hided the many observed facts showing adverse impacts of ships to dugongs. If the construction begins, Henoko will be filled with boats and ships.
      #Japanese government removed the Okinawa governor’s opinion from the translated English Summary of the Environment Impact Assessment submitted to the Pentagon. He said that the environment preservation is impossible if the base is constructed.
      http://www.slideshare.net/TaikoKudo/no-to-destruction

      No to destruction

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    3. Presentation in the 6th International Sirenian Symposium at Otago Univ.

      The 10 minutes presentation was permitted to call for scientists opinions to the crisis of Okinawan dugongs. Click here!
      https://www.dropbox.com/s/ubbiouip299squ7/MVI_6218%281%29.avi

      MVI_6218(1).avi

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    4. Petition submitted. But still need your continued suppot.

      We thank you for the world support to protect the endangered northernmost dugong. Voices from more than 60 countries and regions were submitted to Okinawa governor.
      However,it is said that pro-landfill petition gathered over 70,000 signs, and Okinawa assembly members against Henoko landfill reversed their stance after heavy pressure from Japanese government.
      We continue this petition campaign untill the time governor decision making. Please help endangered dugongs and precious nature in Okinawa from human violence.

    5. Reached 25,000 signatures
    6. We will submit this petition on 27th November

      The Okinawa governor will likely make his dicision in the beginning of December. We will submit this petition on 27th November accompanied by Ms.Keiko Itokazu, upper house member.
      We still need more voice to protect the endangered dugongs, seaturtles, and irreplaceable nature. We don't have much time, but let's make the voice bigger and bigger before petition submission.

    7. Reached 12,500 signatures
    8. Revealed another cover-up : Endangered sea turtles come to Henoko frequetly

      According to the Kyodo News Service on 27th October, Okinawa Defense bureau had hidden the fact seaturtles frequently has come and landed the beach around the base planned area, and the Bureau concluded in the environmental impact assessment that Henoko is not preferred place for seaturtles' landing and spawning. Seaturtle in Okinawa is designated as endangered species. The revealed fact shows that seaturtles have been identified frequently especially around Henoko by visual survey, total 470 times from August 2011 to February 2013. Seaturtles seems to spawn their eggs there.
      However, Okinawa Defense Bureau clearly told to Kyodo News that the base plan will never be changed.

    9. Reached 10,000 signatures
    10. dugongs feeding trails were found here

      http://www.slideshare.net/TaikoKudo/dugongs-feeding-trails-were-found-in
      During the period from April to June, 2012, for the first time in three years since June 2009, a total of twelve feeding trails of dugongs were found in coastal water of Henoko where the reclamation is planned for.

      source: Kyodo News Service

      Dugongs feeding trails were found in planned landfill area for US base

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    11. Reached 50 signatures

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    • Graziella Salterini BUSANA, UNITED STATES
      • 8 months ago

      Perchè è una splendida creatura che HA IL DIRITTO di vivere

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    • Sam Long NEWPORT, AUSTRALIA
      • 9 months ago

      If there is anything we can do to stop even one more extinction I believe we must. We must tread lightly on this earth - and damaging the dugongs' environment like this would be a crime against nature.

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    • Barak murdoch TZORA, ISRAEL
      • 9 months ago

      Save the Dugong habitat!

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    • janet schipper LEWISVILLE, TX
      • 9 months ago

      Usa don't destroy more..you are already destroying our country..

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    • Sarah Matula WILMINGTON, NC
      • 9 months ago

      Can NOT see these guys being effected by this. AMAZING creatures that deserve to be protected.

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