Futenma Base Protest  ~ November 8, 2009


Over 20,000 people took part in a rally in Ginowan City, Okinawa on Sunday to protest the continued presence of the Futenma Marine Corps Air Station. The protest was held in anticipation of the visit of U.S. President Barack Obama who will be visiting the region later this the week. 

Futenma Base Protest 11/08/09

Photo: Akifumi Matsuzaki

The U.S. Military has maintained an air base at Futenma since 1945. MCAS Futenma is home to approximately 4,000 soldiers.

Futenma Base Protest 11/08/09

Photo: Akifuma Matsuzaki

A sampling of news reports about the protest and the upcoming visit of President Obama:

Thousands of Japanese Protest U.S. Base Plan, Reuters, November 8, 2009

Japanese Protest Against US Military Base, Press TV, November 8, 2009

Japanese Town Stages Anti-US Base Protest, Channel News Asia, November 8, 2009

U.S. “Fully Committed” to Japan as Feud Simmers, The New York Times, November 5, 2009