By Jon Mitchell (Japan Focus) On July 8 1969, 19-year old US soldier Daniel Plemons was working at Chibana Ammunition Depot, Okinawa, in one of the most dangerous – and secretive – jobs in the US military: the maintenance of chemical weapons. “There were 500-pound (227 kg) bombs filled with nerve agent and we were sandblasting the old paint off them before repainting and … [Read more...] about “I was exposed to nerve agent on Okinawa” – US soldier sickened by chemical weapon leak at Chibana Ammunition Depot in 1969 breaks silence on what happened that day.
Pete Shimazaki Doktor, August 22, 2019 August 22, 2019, marks the 75th Anniversary of the Tsushima Maru catastrophe when a cargo passenger ship evacuating 834 schoolchildren from Naha, Okinawa to Nagasaki, Japan in anticipation of the US invasion was lethally torpedoed by the USS Bowfin. Had these refugees that perished with the Tsushima Maru not met their ghastly … [Read more...] about Remembering the Tsushima Maru Disaster 75 Years Later
In 2012, the Central Intelligence Agency’s Open Source Center published a manual for U.S. officials advising them on how to shape Okinawan public opinion about the large U.S. military presence on their island. Categorized For Official Use Only, the 60-page CIA report is titled A Master Narratives Approach to Understanding Base Politics in Okinawa. It was released under the U.S. … [Read more...] about CIA: How to shape Okinawan public opinion on the U.S. military presence (by Jon Mitchell)
Petition to Drop All Charges Against Arrested Okinawa Anti-Bases Activists As a citizen of the world and an advocate for peace and people’s human and democratic rights, I demand that all charges against Hiroji Yamashiro, and his co-defendants, Hiroshi Inaba and Atsuhiro Soeda, be dropped and all attempts to silence the people of Okinawa in their just quest to rid their … [Read more...] about Drop all charges against Okinawa anti-base activists
Introduction: Nago City (Population: 61,000) in northern Okinawa held its election for mayor on 4 February 2018. The incumbent, Inamine Susumu, stalwart of the anti-Henoko base movement bidding for a third term in office (following victory in 2010 and 2014) was defeated 20,389 to 16,921 by Toguchi Taketoyo, backed by the ruling national Liberal-Democratic Party and its … [Read more...] about Five Okinawan Views on the Nago Mayoral Election of February 2018: Implications for Japanese Democracy