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Feb 21, 2014

U.S. Ambassador, Does the U.S. Government Respect Democracy in Okinawa? – Powerful Editorial of Ryukyu Shimpo –


U.S. Ambassador, Does the U.S. Government Respect Democracy 
in Okinawa? 
– Powerful Editorial of Ryukyu Shimpo –

This Ryukyu Shimpo’s editorial is so powerful that, I believe, nobody can argue against it.

Masatoshi Takeshita
February 14, 2014


English translation of an excerpt from a Japanese article: “Unknown Truth” by Kazuhide Uekusa – February 14, 2014 –

U.S. Ambassador, Does the U.S. Government Respect Democracy in Okinawa?

U.S. Ambassador to Japan Caroline Kennedy visited Okinawa, where she met with Nago Mayor Susumu Inamine and made an inspection of Henoko.

Two major Okinawa newspapers, the Ryukyu Shimpo and the Okinawa Times, posted in their editorials a message to Ambassador Kennedy, respectively.

The Ryukyu Shimpo summarized the fact that Ambassador Kennedy inspected Japan’s dolphin fishing and pointed out the “inhumanness of drive hunt dolphin killing.”

Convincing reasoning is provided there.

I’d like to quote the editorial of the Ryukyu Shimpo in part as follows:

“We have a strong desire to share the universal values of freedom, democracy and mutual respect for basic human rights with American people.”
“Meanwhile, it was the United States that captured their land from the residents at Isabama and Iejima “by bulldozers and bayonets” to construct the base in the early postwar period. Such conduct violated Article 46 of the Hague Convention stating that private property cannot be confiscated.
Before the war, people lived their lives in the place where U.S. Marine Corps Futenma Air Station is located. There were schools, a village office and agricultural land. We want the ambassador to understand this abnormal history and accept the reality that the U.S. government operates a military base in an area where it drove out civilians.”
“Believed to be the origin of the mermaid legend, Dugongs live in the sea where coral reefs spread, off the Henoko district. The dugong is listed “1A” as critically endangered in Japanese Red List published by the Ministry of Environment.
The US ambassador to Japan tweeted recently, commenting that the U.S. government opposes drive hunt fishing.
You expressed that you were deeply concerned by the inhumaneness of drive hunt dolphin killing. Then is it not inhumane to pose a threat to the habitat of the dugongs by destroying their feeding grounds?
With the sense of responsibility coming from your father, would you open the door to create new friendship between the U.S. and Ryukyu, and put an end to the military colonial rule in Okinawa? We hope that your visit to Okinawa will help change the policy and allow the government to abandon the relocation plan to Henoko and to move the Futenma base outside Okinawa.
(English translation by T&CT)

Ambassador Kennedy is urged to take this message seriously and advise President Obama to make a decision to abandon a plan to build a new military base in Henoko.

Of course, normally, Japan’s prime minister, who represents the will of Okinawa residents and Japan’s sovereign members, should ask the U.S. to abandon building a military base in Henoko.

There is no reason that allows the beautiful beach of Henoko to be destroyed to build a gigantic military base.

There is nothing except filthy lust tainted by vested interests.

(Translator’s Note) Font change into red letters made by Mr. Takeshita

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