Save the Dugong Campaign Center(SDCC)

No to Military Base YES to Dugong Protection Area!

Petition to make Dugongs the prefectural animal for Okinawa

2017-06-17 21:53:49 | love Dugong
June 7, 2017 Ryukyu Shimpo

On June 6, a petition to the Okinawa Prefectural Government (OPG) was started in hopes of making Dugongs the prefectural animal for Okinawa. The petition is organized by seven people, including singers Tokiko Kato and Misako Kojya. The organizers hope to collect signatures in the tens of thousands within this year and will appeal to the OPG to make Dugongs the prefectural animal for Okinawa. They also plan to request the prefectural assembly to establish protection laws for Dugongs, including designating October 5 as Dugong Day, which is a play on words in Japanese. Representing the group, Kojya said, “Dugongs are a precious treasure, which [our] future generations should be able to see and enjoy. [We] hope to gain many people’s support.”

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Report of 「ジュゴンでトレイン!」 (Ride on the train with Dugong!)

2017-05-11 14:51:13 | report
Many people sent the photographs and the messages to us

from Tokyo




Thank you

「ジュゴンでトレイン!」 (Ride on the train with Dugong!)

2017-03-24 22:19:32 | event

This event takes place on the Osaka loop line on April 15.

We're calling on people in Japan (& all over the world) to act for saving the Dugongs. You can ride on the train, or stand in front of the station or anywhere you like, with the dugong mascot or poster (for example...  And take your picture with the mascot or the poster,and send us it. It would be great if you could act on the 15th.

Why the 15th?

We pronounce 15, jugo in Japanese. And dugong →jugon. Jugo is similar to jugon in sound. So, for the SDCC and everyone who supports the protection of Okinawa dugongs, the 15th is "Dugong' Day" every month.

Please send your pictures to or post here


VFP-ROCK and VFP Hawai'i Deliver Letter to Japanese Consulate

2017-03-15 19:53:48 | news

March 03, 2017

Today (3/2/17) representatives of HOA, Veterans for Peace, Hawai`i Peace & Justice, Amnesty International & Womenʻs Voices, Women Speak met with the Consul of Defense at the Japan Consulate in Honolulu and issued the following statement.

They will share response. Much gratitude to Beatriz Cantelmo Amnesty Intʻl Hawai`i Chairperson for issuing Amnesty Intʻlʻs Statement of Concerns ref: political prisoner Hiroji Yamashiroʻs health & civil rights.

Today, there was also a rally in NYCʻs Japan Embassy, as well as VFP-ROCK members delivering similar statements to Members of US Congress in DC. Letʻs continue this coming together internationally to stand for indigenous communities like Okinawans, as well as Native Hawaiians & Native Americans for human/political/civil rights & genuine security: may the human peace chains that have encircled entire military bases in Okinawa extend across the planet!

March 2, 2017
The Government of Japan
C/o Consulate General of Japan
Attn: Yuri Higashi, Consul of Defense Affairs
1742 Nu`uanu Avenue
Honolulu, Hawaii 96817-3201

Aloha Consul Higashi,

A coalition of concerned people within Hawai`i, including the NPOs the Hawai`i Okinawa Alliance (HOA), Veterans for Peace and Hawai`i Peace & Justice are alarmed about the use of force and arbitrary arrests of non-violent peace activists, such as Hiroji Yamashiro, while exercising their human right of peaceful assemblage in Okinawa. We are concerned by the mandated military base construction in Henoko and corresponding helipads at Takae that precipitated Okinawan citizens to assemble in the first place, for the following reasons:

* It is undemocratic. The people of Okinawa have unequivocally expressed their opposition to more military facilities, given they already suffer under disproportionate military stationing on their congested island. Governor Onaga- elected by a landslide, along with the Mayor of Nago City, all five National Diet members from Okinawa and no less than 80% of the Okinawan people according to innumerable polls are united across parties in opposition to these top-down government mandates. Forcing these projects against the will of the citizenry flaunts a blatant disregard for the democracy and rights the US and Japanese governments claim they protect.

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Okinawa Governor's Visit to Washington DC: Our Analysis

2017-02-16 11:20:05 | report
from Okinawa Environmental Justice Project
February 15, 2017

Okinawa Governor's Visit to Washington DC: Our Analysis
From January 30 to February 5, Okinawa Governor Takeshi Onaga, accompanied by a delegation of “All-Okinawa Kaigi (conference),” visited Washington D.C. It was his third visit to the center of U.S. power since he took over the office of Governor in November 2014.

Just like in his previous visits, the purpose of his visit this time was to ask those on Capitol Hill to cancel the plan to relocate the U.S. Futenma Air Station in Ginowan City to Henoko and Oura Bay in Nago City. Throughout his visit, he emphasized that the people of Okinawa continue to oppose the construction a new base there (the Henoko plan) and that he would use all his administrative power and means to stop the construction.

How did Governor Onaga’s visit go? What would Governor Onaga and the people of Okinawa do next? Here are our reviews and analysis.

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