Saturday, August 18, 2012

Naofumi Nakato: Hunger Strike Protest against V-22 "Osprey" aircraft in Ginowan City, Okinawa

(Photo: Naofumi Nakato)

Residents of Ginowan City, Okinawa are engaged in a hunger strike protest of the planned U.S. military deployment (low altitude testing and flight training) of V-22 "Osprey" aircraft.

They were recently joined by renowned Okinawan activist and Buddhist monk Shoichi Chibana, who traveled from his home in Yomitan to be with the elderly hunger strikers (who survived the Battle of Okinawa as children and have resisted the violence, noise, weapons testing, war training, environmental destruction, and toxic pollution of the U.S. military occupation for over six decades).

In an interview with Kyodo (published at The Japan Times) earlier this year, Chibana questioned the U.S. plan to station the test "Osprey" aircraft at the Futenma Marine Air Base in Ginowan City: "Why do they think Okinawans can accept what residents in Iwakuni and Shizuoka rejected?"

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