Via Okinawa Outreach:
The Okinawan Problems” will be discussed in Tokyo as Prime Minister Abe visits Washington
On February 23, Okinawan residents, scientists and environmentalists will gather and hold a symposium “The Okinawan Problems” in Asakusa, Tokyo to discuss the alarming situations of environment degradation, US military bases, and rampant development in Okinawa. The symposium is intended to raise national awareness about how these situations are closely related, derived from the unfair US-Japanese security relationship.
The symposium takes place at a critical time for Okinawa. It coincides with Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s visit to Washington. Mr. Abe is expected to tell President Barack Obama that, with the completion of the Japanese government’s Environment Impact Assessment, their plan to construct a US military base in Henoko and Oura Bay is on track. The symposium will rebuff the results of the EIA. Meanwhile, the Japanese government’s recent listing of the Amami and Ryukyu (Okinawa) Islands on its Tentative List for UNESCO World Natural Heritage Sites provides a new twist to these Okinawan Problems. The symposium will discuss the implications of this new development as well.
Date and Time: February 23, 2013, 13:00-17:00
Place: Taito kumin kaikan (2-6-5 Hanakawado, Taito Ward, Tokyo)
-Mr. Hiroshi Ashitomi (“Henoko Tent Village”) updates the Henoko situation.
-Mr. Masatsugu Isa (Takae, Higashi village) discusses the construction of “helipads” for the US Osprey aircraft in the forest of Yambaru.
-Dr. Mariko Abe (the Nature Conservation Society of Japan) reports on the massive blue coral and new shrimp and crab species recently discovered in Oura Bay.
Citizens’ Network for Biodiversity in Okinawa