～A Call for a Just and Democratic Solution to the Issue of US Military Presence in Okinawa～
Home to some 1,430,000 inhabitants, the islands that make up Okinawa Prefecture are situated far south of mainland Japan. It is here that the United States is building a new military base in tandem with the Japanese government, despite massive opposition from the local people. With the support of the Okinawan peoples, Governor Takeshi Onaga has repeatedly submitted requests to the Japanese government demanding a halt to the base construction in Henoko, where anti-base activists are putting their lives on the line to block the construction. While Okinawa is often known as a resort island surrounded by one of most beautiful oceans in the world, it is also the site of an ongoing struggle between Japan and the US government, and the Okinawan peoples.
Some context on the situation in Okinawa:
＞ Okinawa was a…