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Jon Mitchell is a British journalist and author based in Japan. In 2015, he was awarded the Foreign Correspondents’ Club of Japan's Freedom of the Press Lifetime Achievement Award for his investigations into human rights issues on Okinawa. His research has featured in reports for the US Congress and been the focus of debate in the Japanese parliament. Mitchell is the author of two Japanese books about military contamination - Tsuiseki: Okinawa no Karehazai (2014) and Tsuiseki: Nichibei Chiikyoutei to Kichi Kougai (2018) and coauthor of Japan's first book on the dangers of PFAS, Eien no Kagaku Busshitsu: Mizu no PFAS Osen (2020). Mitchell’s English-language book, Poisoning the Pacific, will be published by Rowman & Littlefield in October 2020. It catalogs the environmental damage caused by military operations on Okinawa, mainland Japan, the Marshall Islands and the US territories of Guam, the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands and Johnston Atoll; Noam Chomsky describes the book as “an eloquent call to bring this tragedy to an end.”

In 2019, Okinawa International University's library made public the Jon Mitchell Collection a 5500-page database of reports obtained via the US Freedom of Information Act from the CIA, DoD and State Department. The documents catalog the environmental impact of military operations on Okinawa, CIA attempts to influence public opinion and discriminatory USMC orientation lectures.

Mitchell reports as a special correspondent for Okinawa Times. He is an Asia-Pacific Journal associate and visiting researcher at the International Peace Research Institute of Meiji Gakuin University, Tokyo.

PFAS Contamination from US Military Facilities in Mainland Japan and Okinawa
“I was exposed to nerve agent on Okinawa” – US soldier sickened by chemical weapon leak at Chibana Ammunition Depot in 1969 breaks silence on what happened that day.
The FOIA and the Study of US Policy on Okinawa and Japan
CIA: How to shape Okinawan public opinion on the U.S. military presence
U.S. Marine Corps’ Lax Weapon Safety on Okinawa
U.S. Marine Corps Sexual Violence on Okinawa
Agent Orange on Okinawa: Six Years On
Environmental Contamination at USMC bases on Okinawa
Okinawa: U.S. Marines Corps training lectures denigrate local residents, hide military crimes.
Contamination at Largest US Air Force Base in Asia: Kadena, Okinawa
FOIA Documents: Drunk US Marine’s 2015 dump of toxic foam among accidents polluting Okinawa water supply
What Lessons Can Vietnam teach Okinawa about U.S. Military Dioxin?
FOIA Documents Reveal Agent Orange Dioxin, Toxic Dumps, Fish Kills on Okinawa Base. Two Veterans Win Compensation, Many More Denied
Vietnam: Okinawa's Forgotten War
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On Okinawa, U.S. Marines raise tensions with accusations and arrests of peace campaigners
The Secret History of Cannabis in Japan
Military Contamination on Okinawa: PCBs and Agent Orange at Kadena Air Base
Okinawa - The Pentagon’s Toxic Junk Heap of the Pacific
Okinawa Dumpsite Offers Proof of Agent Orange: Experts Say
Oliver Stone on Okinawa - The Untold Story
Nuchi Du Takara, Okinawan Resistance and the Battle for Henoko Bay
281_Anti Nuke: The Japanese street artist taking on Tokyo, TEPCO and the nation’s right-wing extremists 281_Anti Nuke
“Deny, deny until all the veterans die” - Pentagon investigation into Agent Orange on Okinawa
Operation Red Hat: Chemical weapons and the Pentagon smokescreen on Okinawa
“Herbicide Stockpile” at Kadena Air Base, Okinawa: 1971 U.S. Army report on Agent Orange
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Okinawan Leaders Carry Osprey Protest to Tokyo
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Campaign to prevent the next Battle of Okinawa
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U.S. Military Parents on Okinawa Demand Truth About Toxic Contamination Near Base Schools
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All Agent Orange Ingredients Unearthed at U.S. Military Dumpsite on Okinawa
Were U.S marines used as guinea pigs on Okinawa?
Agent Orange on Okinawa - The Smoking Gun: U.S. army report, photographs show 25,000 barrels on island in early ‘70s
“Seconds Away From Midnight”: U.S. Nuclear Missile Pioneers on Okinawa Break Fifty Year Silence on a Hidden Nuclear Crisis of 1962 -- −−196250
Agent Orange at Okinawa's Futenma Base in 1980s1980
U.S. Veteran Exposes Pentagon’s Denials of Agent Orange Use on Okinawa
U.S. Vets Win Payouts Over Agent Orange Use on Okinawa
Agent Orange on Okinawa: Buried Evidence?−−?• Japanese translation is available
Agent Orange on Okinawa - New Evidence−− •Japanese translation available
US Military Defoliants on Okinawa: Agent Orange−− •Japanese translation is available
Barrier free, border free
Beggars' Belief: The Farmers' Resistance Movement on Iejima Island, Okinawa——