Sunday, March 6, 2011

Hardliner Japanese Foreign Minister Maehara resigns • Temporary Reprieve for Takae Village & Yanbaru Forest

Democratic Party of Japan (DPJ) Foreign Minister Seiji Maehara has resigned because his acceptance of illegal South Korean donations has come to light. A hardliner who inflamed instead of calmed foreign policy incidents during his tenure, Maehara pushed for the construction of a U.S. mega-base in Henoko.

On a very welcome note, the villagers of Takae, Okinawan environmentalists, the wildlife and trees, (and the ill-paid construction workers caught in the middle of of the Japanese government's forced construction in Yanbaru Forest) have an uneasy and much-needed reprieve for the next couple of months. Tokyo has stopped heavy equipment construction in the forest because of the start of the reproductive season of the critically endangered Okinawa Woodpecker.

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