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

2019-06-11 10:31:45 | event
Invite all of you to join our action



We, Save the Dugong Campaign Center, set up the action “Dugong de Train! “in Osaka on June 15.
https://blog.goo.ne.jp/sdcc/e/364ba863218def34bfeddd13fb9cb0e7

We're calling for the action in your town to save the Dugongs. You can ride on the train, or stand in front of the station or anywhere you like, with the dugong mascots or posters And take your picture with the mascot or the poster, and send us the pictures in email or post on Facebook.
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, on 15th, we call it the day of the dugong every month.

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US House Armed Services Committee Petition To End Base Construction in Henoko, Okinawa

2019-05-29 13:47:29 | message
US House Armed Services Committee Petition To End Base Construction in Henoko, Okinawa

Sign this petition to tell the U.S. House Armed Services Committee to stop the new U.S. base construction in Henoko-Oura Bay of Okinawa.

A new U.S. military base is being constructed in the ocean of Oura Bay. This bay is in the Henoko region of Okinawa. It is one of the most bio-diverse ecosystems on the planet with over 5,300 species and world-renown coral reef systems. 262 of the species in Oura Bay are endangered, including the dugong, which have been closely monitored internationally by environmental groups due to its diminishing numbers as well as its status as a designated a cultural property of indigenous historical value.

The construction of this base has been opposed by the Okinawan people repeatedly. Most recently on February 24, 2019, over 70% of Okinawans voted in opposition to the construction of this particular U.S. Marine Corps base outside of Camp Schwab. Still, the Japanese government, in partnership with the U.S. government, continues building this U.S. base in the ocean – dropping concrete blocks on top of precious coral and suffocating the marine habitat with dirt and concrete – causing irreversible harm to the ecosystem. It is already adversely impacting the region; contributing to species collapse and furthering environmental damage already sustained from rapid climate change.

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Abe's Military Base Plan for Okinawa Sinking in Mayonnaise

2019-02-22 12:32:55 | article
The Asia Pacific Journal:Japan Focus
February 15, 2019

Abe's Military Base Plan for Okinawa Sinking in Mayonnaise: Implications for the U.S. Court and IUCN

Yoshikawa Hideki

Abe Government's Reluctant Admission

After a long silence, the Abe government has finally admitted that the construction of a U.S. military base at Henoko-Oura Bay in Okinawa requires significant changes to the original land reclamation plan (see Asahi Shimbun). Parts of the seafloor of the construction site have proven to be extremely fragile, having the consistency of mayonnaise. To solidify the seafloor sufficiently to support a functional airport, a "sand compaction pile method" needs to be carried out (see this video for sand compaction pile method). Casing piles will be driven into the seafloor as deep as 60 meters (or 90 meters below the water surface), and the piles, which are hollow, will be filled from the top with sand and other compacting materials. Then the piles are raised or removed slowly leaving the compacting materials in the form of a pillar, thus solidifying the seafloor. This procedure is to be repeated 76,000 times, implanting 76,000 compacting pillars in the seafloor (see Ryukyu Shimpo).


© Asahi Shimbun

Reclamation experts have said that while the sand compaction pile method has been successfully carried out in other regions within Japan, it has never been done to a depth of 90 meters, and there are no pile drivers in Japan capable of reaching to that depth. On this problem the government has so far offered no comment.


Sand Compacting Pile Method © FUDO TETRA.

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Abe Government's Admission of Flaws in Henoko Base Construction Plan ・・・

2019-02-19 15:59:01 | message
Abe Government's Admission of Flaws in Henoko Base Construction Plan Challenges the Integrity of U.S. and International Institutions



Abe Government's Reluctant Admission

After a long silence, the Abe government finally admits that the construction of a U.S. military base at Henoko-Oura Bay in Okinawa requires significant changes to the original land reclamation plan (see Asahi Shimbun). Parts of the seafloor of the construction site have proven to be extremely fragile, or mayonnaise-like condition. To solidify the seafloor to support a functional airport, a "sand compaction pile method" needs to be carried out (see this video for sand compaction pile method). That is, casing piles will be driven into the seafloor as deep as 60 meters (or 90 meters below the water surface) and the piles will be filled from the top with sand and other compacting materials. Then, the piles are removed slowly leaving the compacting materials in the form of a pillar thus solidifying the seafloor. With this procedure, 76,000 sand pillars will be placed in the seafloor (see Ryukyu Shimpo).

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Okinawa prefecture have translated Notice of Revocation into Englesh

2019-01-31 10:05:21 | Information
Notice of Revocation of Approval for Reclamation of Public Waters

https://www.pref.okinawa.jp/site/chijiko/henoko/documents/noticeofrevocationofapprovalforreclamationofpublicwaters.pdf

Grounds for revocation

https://www.pref.okinawa.jp/site/chijiko/henoko/documents/appendix.pdf

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