Thursday, March 11, 2010

NHK's "Korekara" focuses on the planned expansion of a US Marine base in Henoko--an ecologically sensitive area in northern Okinawa

From Martin Frid's Kurashi--News From Japan blog:
If you live in Japan, tonight's program at NHK starting Friday evening at 22:00 pm promises to be a very interesting show. The NHK Korekara is a debate program with a long history. They do their resarch and invite only the best to talk about the Korekara issues.

これから of course in the sense of "from now on" or "what's next" so it is very timely that NHK will devote this hour to Okinawa issues.

Living here, I just humbly wish this NHK show would be broadcast elsewhere as well, as an inspiration to all the peace activists around the world.

Do write and ask your local TV station to contact NHK and find a way to talk about this issue not only in Japan but everywhere else where American military bases are a part of the daily life. How many places? How many military bases does the United States of America have on foreign soil?

The NHK Korekara program is a standard feature with a long history. The producers and everyone will take great care to make a balanced, fair program that makes sense to Japanese viewers. I'm glad that people like long-time Japan resident Kimberly Hughes from US for Okinawa will participate. But I'm actually more interested in how NHK Korekara will portray and present the concerns of people in Okinawa, Japan. Stay tuned.

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