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The canoe team for protecting Oura Bay, Henoko, Okinawa, from construction of a new U.S. military base

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Preparatory work for reclamation resumes

As you may know, because Japan’s Land Minister Keiichi Ishii issued an injunction against Okinawa’s retraction of the landfill permit for Henoko, preparatory work for land reclamation in the coastal on Henoko was resumed by the Japan’s central government from... Continue Reading →

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One part of the sea of Henoko was enclosed

On July 19th, one part of the sea off the coast of Cape Henoko that is one section of the landfill area was enclosed. Around 2.30pm, we thought that the two seawalls called the K4 seawall and the N3 seawall... Continue Reading →

The crushed lives

Seawall construction has started at the Henoko side, and the landscape has drastically changed. Before, when the tide was out we could row as though sliding above the seagrass as far as the eye could see, but now it is... Continue Reading →

The state of the construction

The K3 seawall near the beach at Henoko has reached its planned length, and has curved to enter the K4 seawall construction. Furthermore, work on the N3 seawall that extends from Henoko Peninsula is currently suspended, with sacks containing crushed... Continue Reading →

The speech by a young canoe member

At the April 25th sit-in-on-the-sea, there was a solidarity rally on the beach, and canoe members gave speeches. One of the members is a youth that always nimbly slips through the Japan Coast Guard toward the construction site, sings songs... Continue Reading →

April 25th

Today, April 25th, marks exactly one year since the landfill-dumping construction of a new military base started at Henoko. We organized a sit-in on the sea. There was participation from 83 canoe boats (83 people) and 8 ship vessels (130... Continue Reading →

With a dugong

It was a sunny day in October of last year. I found something strange on the Henoko beach, from where we paddle all the way to the construction site. What…? That’s unbelievable! There’s a dugong!? But it was not. You... Continue Reading →

Stones transported over the ocean

On November 14, we gathered together earlier than usual to protest against the arrival of a salvage barge transporting stones that departed from Oku fishing port in Kunigami village a day before. These stones had as much volume as 50... Continue Reading →

Solidarity message from Puerto Rico

The sit-in-on-the-sea has received a solidarity message from Japan-residing Puerto Ricans. On October 25, one of the ship's captains read aloud this message in Spanish and translated into Japanese on board on behalf of him, and we were really touched.... Continue Reading →

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