Introduction by Steve Rabson
Nago Mayor Inamine Susumu has visited the United States twice recently to meet with government officials and hold press conferences to convey overwhelming opposition in Okinawa to the construction of a U.S. Marine air base in his city: as shown in local referenda, elections for a new governor and on-site protests. Like former Governor Ota Masahide who visited the U.S. in the 1990s, Inamine presented hand-outs and visuals documenting the disproportionate burden of U.S. military bases borne by Okinawa residents. Now Mayor Inamine’s office has prepared a thorough and easily-accessed presentation in English and Japanese on the history and scope of the U.S. military presence in Nago and the devastating impact the proposed air base would have on residents and the environment. It provides the essential facts to inform anyone with an interest in this issue at the center of Japan-Okinawa-US relations.
Page 2-3 - Henoko Oura Bay, Gifts from Nature
Page 4-5 - Construction Project of Futenma Replacement Facility (in Henoko)
Page 6-7 - The Current Situation of Futenma Air Station and the Construction Project of Futenma Replacement Facility
Page 8-9 - US Military Bases and Facilities on Okinawa and Its Vacinity, Air Spaces / Water Areas Used for US Forces Training in Japan
Page 10-11 - Main Incidents and Accidents Related to the US Military Bases on Okinawa, Background on the Relocation Issue of Marine Corps Air Station (MCAS) Futenma
Additional news from Nago city is available here.
A Japanese version and additional coverage is available here.
Asia-Pacific Journal articles on related themes:
Hideki Yoshikawa, Urgent Situation at Okinawa's Henoko and Oura Bay
Jon Mitchell, Nuchi Du Takara - Okinawan Resistance and the Battle for Henoko Bay
Gavan McCormack and Urashima Etsuko, Okinawa's "Darkest Year"