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.


Protests in Okinawa against US air base


April 25, 2010

Tens of thousands of people rallied on the southern Japanese island of Okinawa Sunday to protest a US air base there. The prefecture’s governor as well as most of the mayors took part, asking the Prime Minister to make good on his promise to move the Futema Marine Corps Air Station off the island.

To read the full story on the RFI web site, click here.


CNN iReport


CNN’s iReporter LeahJay posted a video with pictures of today’s protest in Okinawa.

To view it on the CNN iReport site, click here.


90,000 Protest U.S. Base on Okinawa


Martin Fackler
The New York Times
April 25, 2010

More than 90,000 Okinawans rallied Sunday to oppose the relocation of an American air base on their island, adding to the pressure on Prime Minister Yukio Hatoyama to resolve an issue that has divided Tokyo and Washington.

The demonstrators, in one of the largest protests on the southern Japanese island in years, demanded that Mr. Hatoyama scrap a 2006 agreement with the United States to move the Futenma United States Marine air station to a different site on Okinawa. Many of the protesters wore yellow to signal they were giving Mr. Hatoyama a yellow card, or warning, for appearing to waver on election promises to move the busy base off Okinawa altogether.

To read the full story in The New York Times, click here.


Yahoo News has a photo slideshow on their web site. The slideshow and links to reporting on the April 25th Okinawa Protest can be found here.


CLOSE THE BASE ~ April 25th Protest


CLOSE THE BASE is updating their web site with media reports on a regular basis. To view the CLOSE THE BASE web site, click here.

Okinawa Rally Could Draw 100,000 People


David Allen
Stars and Stripes
April 23, 2010

The U.S. military on Okinawa is advising Department of Defense personnel and their families to stay away from the village of Yomitan on Sunday, where a large anti-base rally is scheduled.

Organizers said Wednesday they expect 100,000 people to gather at the village sports complex for the 3 p.m. event. Among featured speakers will be elected officials and union leaders.

If the size of the crowd turns out to be as big as predicted, it will be the largest anti-base event on Okinawa since 58,000 people gathered in Ginowan in October 1995 to protest the abduction and gang rape of a 12-year-old schoolgirl by two Marines and a sailor.

To read the full story in  Stars and Stripes, click here.

Join Close The Base for a Rally Against the U.S. Military Bases in Okinawa this Sunday, April 25th!


Okinawans are planning to hold a rally of 100,000 people against the U.S. bases in Okinawa on April 25th. The people of Washington, D.C. will show our solidarity with the Okinawans with our own Earth Day rally, in front of the Japanese embassy on Sunday, April 25 from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m.

Other solidarity rallies are also being held in San Francisco, Hawaii, and in elsewhere in Japan (including Tokyo, Nagoya, Kyoto, Oita, Nagano, Sapporo, Fukuoka, Osaka, Hiroshima, Nagano, and Ueda).

For more information,visit the Close The Base web site at this link.