Sunday, September 1, 2013

Film details anger of Okinawans against U.S. military bases - AJW by The Asahi Shimbun

A film documenting the protests of residents against U.S. military bases in Okinawa Prefecture is currently showing in Tokyo, immediately after a U.S. military rescue helicopter crashed in the southern prefecture.

The crash of an HH-60 helicopter on U.S. Marine Corps' Camp Hansen on Aug. 5 killed one crew member and put local safety concerns back into the spotlight, refueling residents' anger.

"I want all the people across Japan to know that people are living with danger in their midst," said Chie Mikami of Ryukyu Asahi Broadcasting Corp., who directed "Hyoteki no Mura" (A target village). "I want them to know what exactly the Okinawans are fighting."

The film documents protests in Okinawa Prefecture, which hosts 74 percent of all U.S. military bases in Japan, from the perspective of local residents. It is centered around protests outside U.S. Marine Corps Air Station Futenma in Ginowan, where MV-22 Osprey transport aircraft are being deployed, and protests conducted since around 2007 by residents of the Takae district of Higashi against the planned construction of a helicopter landing pad.

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