Nearly 4,000 protest at Henoko on Saturday

According to organizers, about 3,900 people took part in a protest rally at a beach in Sedate, Henoko, Nago City, Saturday, demanding a halt to the seabed drilling survey at the planned relocation site for the MCAS Futenma.

A number of protesters, including Okinawan Diet members, went on boats near the platforms on the ocean, from which the drilling survey is taking place. As the boats neared the off-limits area that is marked with buoys, officers on Japan Coast Guard boats that constantly patrol the area warned the protesters to stay away or they would be the subject to a forced expulsion.

On land, protesters chanted slogans opposing the construction work. Nago Mayor Susumu Inamine who was taking part to the protest delivered a speech, in which he criticized the national government’s hard-line stance on the issue. “There is no justified reason for the government to act as it does,” Inamine said.

  • bob

    Yes this back stabber is out there playing the nice guy but what the Okinawan people don’t know is that while he’s playing the role of actor he really is sticking a knife in their backs because while the attention is on this construction he is busy with his plans and his construction business building the new Universal Studios in Nago with many hotels destroying natural land and take a number of trees, killing wildlife, endangered and protected plants and other animals, but nobody is protesting this as he will benefit in a lot of yen.

    • Riquez

      What! Okinawan people using Okinawan land as they see fit? What an outrage! The land should be used for U.S. Military to build more war factories.

      • bob

        damn straight, got to work somewhere to pay the bills and crooked political tax system

  • Tomamii

    bob the rightwinger speaks again ( Sorry I didnt really read you comment, but you kind of always write the same sh!t anyway, heil mein Führer !! )