Apr. 8 (Mon): Rallied All Day Long in the Hot Sun, Emergency Statement by WWF to Stop Reclamation Immediately

(In front of the Gate)
A hot day as if it were in the early summer time. Approximately 50 people resumed the sit-in from 8:30 a.m. From the morning through the afternoon, 3 times, 255 truckloads in total were delivered. More concrete mixer trucks were sighted, probably to manufacture tetra pods to be placed around the seawalls.
From Sri Lanka, a president and a vice-president of a university and 2 students majoring in Japanese language came to visit us. They told us that the protest against the new base in Henoko is well known in Sri Lanka, and asked many questions in fluent Japanese.


(On the sea in Oura Bay)
Two boats and 6 canoes went on the sea to protest. They confirmed that crushed stones were being pressed down by heavy equipment at K8 seawall that would be used as a new pier. It has been extended over 100 meters long.

(In front of Ryukyu Cement Pier in Awa)
In a hot weather, over 20 people rallied in front of the Pier trying to reduce the number of dump trucks going through the Gate. We did successfully reduced the number of deliveries in the morning, but the number of trucks were increased after the noon. Deliveries of 577 truckloads of earth and sand were made, and 3 carrier ships left the Pier.

World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) of Japan made an emergency statement on the 8th to stop Henoko reclamation immediately and to request establishment of measures to protect dugong. The statement criticized that “Oura Bay is a habitat for many endangered species and that the reclamation will destroy the ecosystem in the Bay and the basis of healthy and cultural life for the area residents”. It will be sent to the Prime Minister, the Minister of Defense, and the Minister of Environment.
On the 5th, it was found that Ishii Keiichi Minister of Land, Infrastructure, and Transport omitted parts of an expert opinion report on which he depended in deciding to cancel the revocation of the permit. The omitted part stated that “soft seafloor requires further examination”. The expert report stated that “the soft seafloor requires further examination, and if needed, going back to the previous plan stage to review and conduct detail analysis is beneficial”. Ignoring such recommendations made by experts and making a simple statement that “construction is possible after completion of reinforcement works” serve only as a temporary evasive stopgap. It represents the “deceitful nature” of Abe Administration.

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