Tuesday, April 20, 2010

NO BASE! OKINAWA Candle Action Event in Meiji-Koen, Tokyo - April 25, 2010

A mass rally will be held in Okinawa on April 25, with people gathering from all over the prefecture and Japan.

They are demanding that no more bases be forced on Okinawa!

In solidarity, people from throughout Japan will gather together to spell out with candles the message "NO BASE! OKINAWA" and send their support to the Okinawan people.


NO BASE! OKINAWA ~キャンドルで人文字をつくろう!

☆日 時:4月25日(日)18時~
APRIL 25th, from 6 pm

☆場 所:明治公園 新宿霞岳町、渋谷区千駄ヶ谷一丁目

☆アクセス:JR「千駄ヶ谷」下車 徒歩5分
地下鉄大江戸線「国立競技場」(E25)下車 徒歩2分

☆内 容:歌、スピーチ、キャンドルによる人文字

☆協賛:沖縄一坪反戦地主会関東ブロック/WORLD PEACE  NOW


☆ Event:
Simultaneous actions for a base-free Okinawa
Candle event spelling out "NO BASE! OKINAWA"

☆ Date: April 25, 2010 (Sunday)

☆ Time: From 6 pm

☆ Place: Meiji Park, Sendagaya Icchome / Shinjuku Kasumigaokamachi

☆ Access: 5 mins walk from Sendagaya station, JR Sobu Line
2 mins walk from Kokuritsu Kyogijo station, Oedo Subway Line
15 mins walk from Gaienmae station, Ginza subway line

☆ Contents: songs, speeches, candle action
※ Donations of 500 yen for candles requested!

☆ Organised by Simultaneous actions for a base-free Okinawa Tokyo
☆ Co-sponsored by the Kanto Block of landowners against military bases and WORLD PEACE NOW

☆ Contact:

★ Appeal ★

Next April 25, a people's gathering will be held in Okinawa to call for the closure of the US Marine Corps Air Station Futenma,the return of the land, and to oppose construction of another base elsewhere in Okinawa,

The US-Japan Security Pact signed by the mainland Japanese government resulted in Japan's consent of allowing the U.S. to force its unwanted military bases on the people of Okinawa. The U.S. bases have damaged Okinawa's rich environment, and created daily issues: noise pollution, accidents and crime, and the linked dangers of war.

The problems of the bases in Okinawa are not Okinawa's problem. They are, instead, a problem of those of us from the mainland who are forcing this burden onto the people of Okinawa.

We must seriously consider this issue now--more than ever.

If no site in mainland Japan is willing or planning to accept the bases in its own territory, then this burden must not be forced onto Okinawa. We cannot push the problem around within Okinawa and pretend that we are not aware that this is happening.

The U.S. Marine Corps must withdraw, and the Futenma Air Station must be closed.

The people of Okinawa are united in their opposition to the forced placement of the Futenma base in Okinawa.

On April 25, on the same day as their prefectural event, actions will be held simultaneously throughout Japan and hopefully the world to join our voices together with Okinawa in solidarity to oppose new base construction in Okinawa.

This action is being called for by a coalition of well-known Japanese individuals, including university professors, authors, artists, lawyers, educators, commentators, musicians and representatives of NGOs including Peace Boat, WWF Japan and Greenpeace Japan.

Citizens around the world are also called upon to hold events on the same day, and send messages and photos in support
and solidarity.

We thank you for your cooperation!


Tokyo Event to send our message to the April 25 Okinawan People's Gathering

★ A demonstration will be held after the event
Date: April 25 (Sun), from 3 pm
Place: Miyakezaka Hall, Shakai Bunka Kaikan
(4 mins from Nagatacho Station, Yurakucho/Hanzomon Line)

Organised by the Kanto Block of landowners against military bases.
Co-sponsored by the Organising Committee against base construction in Henoko

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