April 25, 2010

We will continue to seek out reporting on the April 25th Okinawa Protests and present it here on usmvaw.com. If you have a story or photos to share, please email us directly at info@usmvaw.com.

For continuing information on the movement to close down the Okinawan base, be sure to visit CLOSE THE BASE at their web site available here.


To read about the Okinawa Protest in Washington D.C. from the Guam Blog, click here.


Ban the Base

Today Online
April 26, 2010
Nearly 100,000 protesters attended a rally on Okinawa yesterday to demonstrate against a United States air base in a row dominating Japan’s national politics and souring ties with Washington.

‘We will not allow the base to stay here,’ Okinawa Governor Hirokazu Nakaima told the cheering crowd. ‘We want the Hatoyama government to keep its promise.’

To read the full report at Today Online, click here.

Okinawa Marine Base Protest Attracts 90,000


Lindsay Whipp and Mure Dickie
Financial Times
April 25 2010

An estimated 90,000 people rallied in Okinawa on Sunday piling fresh pressure on Yukio Hatoyama, Japan’s prime minister, as they demanded the removal from the island prefecture of a US Marine air base.

The demonstration, one of the largest ever held in Okinawa, follows weeks of increasingly desperate efforts by Mr Hatoyama’s administration to come up with a new relocation plan for the Futenma base ahead of a self-imposed May deadline.

To read the full story at the Financial Times web site, click here.


Japan PM support falls as base row heats up


Isabel Reynolds
Reuters (The Washington Post)
April 26, 2010

Two out of three Japanese voters disapprove of Prime Minister Yukio Hatoyama and nearly 60 percent think he should resign if he fails to resolve a feud over a U.S. airbase by an end of May deadline, a media poll showed on Monday.

To read the full story at The Washington Post, click here.


Hatoyama to ‘Ease’ Okinawa Base Burden After 90,000 Demonstrate


Takashi Hirokawa and Sachiko Sakamaki
Bloomberg Businessweek
April 25, 2010

Japan’s Prime Minister Yukio Hatoyama said he’ll work to “ease the burden” of the people of Okinawa after tens of thousands of residents rallied yesterday against keeping an American military base on the island.

Organizers said more than 90,000 Okinawans took part in the protest to oppose moving the Futenma Marine Corp Air Station to a less populated part of the island as part of a 2006 agreement. U.S. President Barack Obama is pushing Japan to implement the accord, while residents want Hatoyama to fulfill a campaign pledge to transfer the base elsewhere.

To read the full story at Bloomberg Businessweek, click here.