2018: Okinawa Henoko Joint Statement 2018
Okinawa. Henoko. Camp Schwab.
Mit freundlicher Erlaubnis von The Nature Conservation Society of Japan
SAVE HENOKO ACTION GROUP OF JAPAN
Okinawa Henoko Joint Statement 2018
Revoke the land reclamation plan of Henoko coast for new runways and the construction of the new U.S. military base in Henoko!
"... U.S. military base in Henoko district of Nago-city, Okinawa, Japan. We have
rendered a message “Immediately stop the illegal invocation of the state power that
violates the human rights and autonomy of the people in Okinawa, and destroys the
environment and peace of Okinawa!”, and submitted it directly to the Cabinet
Office of the Japanese Government on the 9th of September, 2016. Two years have
passed since then, but Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and his administration have
completely ignored our request, taking measures in an iron-fisted manner in
support of the construction of the new U.S. military base： they are going ahead
with dumping dirt and sand off the Henoko coast for land reclamation, a major
step towards constructing a new military base. On the 31st of August, 2018, Mr.
Kiichiro Jahana, the deputy-governor of Okinawa prefecture, taking over the
wishes of the late prefectural governor of Okinawa, Takeshi Onaga, has revoked the
permission for the land reclamation in Henoko. ....
When the end of the Korean War is officially declared, recognition and
significance of the U.S. forces in Okinawa and in the Republic of Korea will change.
Although there is an argument that a cutback of the U.S. forces in the Republic of
Korea may augment the importance of those in Okinawa, we believe we have to
change Okinawa into a hub of international exchange of Asia aiming for peace,
taking this opportunity through reduction or abolition of the U.S. forces in
Okinawa. Today, in addition to the construction plan of a U.S. military base in
Henoko/Takae, a military fortification is underway throughout Nansei Islands by
disposition of Japanese Self-Defense Forces. All these movements will end up in
an escalation of military forces with neighboring countries because of a security
dilemma. This is definitely against the trend of the times.
We request complete abolition of the construction plan of a new U.S. military
base in Henoko in order to contribute to the establishment of peace in East Asia.