Remove Bases in Okinawa: Help Stop Construction of the US Marine Base in Henoko Bay
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For decades, citizens of Okinawa have demanded the removal of US military bases and the return of their land to the Okinawan people. As people living in the US, we must tell our Congress to stop the expansion of the US military in Okinawa, specifically the relocation of Marine Corps Air Station Futenma, currently located within Ginowan City, to Henoko Bay by the fishing village of Henoko, one of the last habitats for the endangered dugong.
In a dramatic move on July 27, 2018, Prefecture Governor Takeshi Onaga revoked permission given by the previous governor to allow “land reclamation” in the bay, citing various reasons including people’s safety could not be assured, weak foundation for the reclamation, and improper procedure by Okinawa Defense Bureau. None the less, the construction continues. Moving forward with the construction will result in irreparable
The US military presence on Okinawa islands has resulted in numerous accidents and violent incidents including heinous crimes committed against local women such as sexual assaults, rapes, and murders. The 1995 rape of the 12-year-old girl by three US servicemen reignited the anti-US bases movement by Okinawa citizens and their supporters. The relocation of Futenma Air Station to Henoko Bay is exactly the opposite of what the movement is struggling for: removing bases and returning the land to its rightful owners.
Please contact Secretary of Defense James N. Mattis at 1000 Defense Pentagon, Washington, DC 20301-1000, and your Congressional members to demand the immediate end to the construction. To find your Congress members, click on this link https://www.callmycongress.com/
Thank you for supporting the courageous actions of Governor Onaga and the Okinawan people and to remove US bases from Okinawa!
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