January 9, 2019 Ryukyu Shimpo
On the morning of January 9, the Okinawa Defense Bureau continued depositing sand into the land reclamation area as part of construction of the Futenma Replacement Facility in Henoko, Nago City.
Approximately 120 citizens who oppose construction of the new base protested at Ryukyu Cement Co. pier in Awa, Nago City.
At the Awa pier, sand continued being loaded onto the carrier for use in land reclamation work.
Citizens in canoes on the sea protested, and tried to block the carrier from departing. However, the Japan Coast Guard cleared the protesters away.
(English translation by T&CT and Megumi Chibana)