Citizens, Opposition Lawmakers Protest Landfilling off Henoko


Nago, Okinawa Pref., Dec. 14 (Jiji Press)--Protest activities continued after the Japanese government started dumping soil into the sea off the Henoko coastal district in Nago, Okinawa Prefecture, on Friday morning to build a replacement facility for the U.S. Marine Corps' Futenma air station in Ginowan, another city in the southernmost prefecture.

A rally held on Henoko Beach was joined by about 1,000 people, according to the organizer of the event. Among them was news photographer Bunyo Ishikawa, 80.

Ishikawa, a native of Naha, the capital of Okinawa, has held exhibitions showcasing his photos of protest actions in front of the gate of the Marine Corps' Camp Schwab, which straddles Nago and the village of Ginoza.

On Friday, he photographed the moment when soil was first placed into the sea and protesters sitting in front of the gate.

"I'm reassured that (citizens in Okinawa) don't give up," Ishikawa said. Protest activities "are over when they give up."

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