United States military base in Okinawa, Japan damages coral

This video is about diving at the coral reefs around Okinawa, Japan.

From daily The Morning Star in Britain:

Japan: Onaga demands air base plans halted

Tuesday 24th March 2014

OKINAWA governor Takeshi Onaga instructed Japan’s Defence Ministry yesterday to suspend work at the proposed site of a US air base.

Mr Onaga claimed a concrete anchor thrown into the sea for a drilling survey of a reef at the designated site had damaged coral.

He took office four months ago after winning an election over a predecessor who had allowed the Henoko site to be developed to relocate the base.

Mr Onaga said the prefecture needed to conduct an independent survey to assess the damage and demanded the ministry stop activity in a week.

The central government’s effort to gain Okinawa’s understanding had been “insufficient,” he said.

But Japan’s Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga said the survey should proceed regardless of the order.

The relocation is intended to address safety and nuisance concerns.

But Okinawans want the Futenma air base moved off the island completely and warn the construction would endanger marine life.

JAPANESE Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and the governor of the southern island of Okinawa clashed yesterday over relocation of the controversial Futenma US air base: here.

‘No to US bases!’: Thousands march against military presence in Okinawa: here.

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  3. JAPANESE Prime Minister Shinzo Abe was heckled yesterday by opponents of the US military presence during a commemoration of the Battle of Okinawa.

    Speaking at a remembrance ceremony for the 200,000 people who died in the battle 70 years ago, Mr Abe faced shouts of “What are you doing here?” and “Go home!”

    He said: “We hope to continue to do our best to lighten the burden of the US military bases on the Okinawans,” but indicated that the government would go ahead with its plan to keep the base in Okinawa.

    Okinawa Governor Takeshi Onaga reiterated his demand that the base be moved out of the prefecture altogether, as opposed to the US plan to relocate it to a more remote site.

    About half the 50,000 US troops in Japan are based in Okinawa. Service personnel have been accused of several brutal rapes and murders.



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