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Henoko-Oura Bay Coastal Waters: Japan’s First Hope Spot

Hideki Yoshikawa World Beyond War
protestors In designating the Henoko Oura Bay Coastal Waters as Japan’s first Hope Spot, Mission Blue has confirmed that the area is a special place on par with other natural wonders and Hope Spots around the world.

Okinawan People Oppose U.S. Military Base Expansion

Kent Wong Portside
Asian Pacific union leaders Seven leaders of the Asian Pacific American Labor Alliance, AFL-CIO (APALA) traveled to Okinawa, October 20–24, 2019, to promote friendship between APALA and Okinawan labor and peace organizations.

US Military Base Threatens Biodiversity in Okinawa

Jon Letman Truthout
...Oura Bay is a hotspot of biodiversity, home to more than 5,300 species of corals, fish, invertebrates and Okinawa’s last remaining population of dugong, an endangered manatee-like marine mammal.

Stop the Construction of U.S. Military Base in Henoko!

Coalition Against U.S. Foreign Military Bases Coalition Against U.S. Foreign Military Bases
The airstrip will endanger the people, despoil a pristine environment and destroy endangered sea life, including the last few dugong (a marine mammal related to the manatee)...

Listen to the Governor of Okinawa

Alexis Dudden Foreign Policy in Focus
newly-elected Okinawa Governor By ending construction of this base, the United States can atone for its past conduct, take into consideration the democratic desires of Okinawans, and begin to think more broadly about peace in the East China Sea and beyond.

How the Tentacles of the U.S. Military Are Strangling the Planet

Vijay Prashad Alternet
The United States military has a staggering 883 military bases in 183 countries, Russia has 8, China 1. There is no country with a military footprint that replicates that of the United States. The bases create instability rather than peace.

Why Okinawa Matters: Japan, the United States and the Colonial Past

Richard Falk The Asia-Pacific Journal
Here is a critical discussion of Okinawa’s role in serving American and Japanese strategic interests. The interplay of overseas bases and U.S. foreign policy is a crucial dimension of the global projection of American power. This essay offers reflections on this reality, as well as the linkage between the network of foreign military bases and the emergence of the first global state in history, a new political phenomenon that distinguishes it from ‘empires' of the past.
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