9/21/2021 0 Comments
The Ryukyu Shimpo reported on 14 September 2021 that the coral that was transplanted by the government of Japan was crushed into small pieces, and put back together using adhesive. This method has been decried by Indigenous peoples as well as environmentalists for the harm it does to the coral.
Japan transplanted coral from Oura Bay at Henoko, Okinawa in order to build a new U.S. military base. Uchinanchu, the Indigenous Okinawan people, have strongly opposed the move. The location is home to an ancient coral reef filled with hundreds of rare and endangered species, including the Okinawa dugong.
The above map is from the same Ryukyu Shimpo article. The orange squares with black stripes show the locations where the coral was moved. The grey, white, and pink areas are where the military base is planned to be built.
Myaku (Miyako) - Tourists have devastated a sacred site in the Luchu (Ryukyu) island of Myaku (Miyako) after it was featured in a Japanese television show. The damage included several stalactites in a cave that were broken.
The location is known in the Indigenous Myaku (Miyako) language as "Kubakundai," and is nicknamed "Pumpkin Hole" due to the pumpkin-shaped stalactites found in the cave.
The area is also an important fishing site. The increase in tourism has devastated the coral and reduced the amount of fish at the location, according to the Ryukyu Shimpo article.
The citizens of Myaku are considering measures to restrict or ban tourism at the site.
9/13/2021 0 Comments
The U.S. marines continue the illegal construction of the new military base at Henoko, Okinawa, where it is destroying an ancient coral reef home to hundreds of rare and endangered species. The base has been strongly opposed by the overwhelming majority of Uchinanchu (Indigenous Okinawans).
Meanwhile, it was announced that the marines are looking to expand their presence on the Hawaiian island of Oahu, where the U.S. military already takes up 21% of the land.
Indigenous Pacific Islanders have long opposed the U.S. military, and are calling for demilitarization, and a restoration of our right to self-determination.
According to the Asahi Shimbun article:
The U.S. military initially reported that the level of PFOS in the water was under 2.7 nanograms per liter.
However, a check of the water found the number of PFOS to be at 670 nanograms per liter, which is a highly toxic level.
The amount of foreign substances in water should be kept under 50 nanograms per liter, according to guidelines.
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