May 10 (Fri): In Front of the Gate, Go-Go Drive Rally Effectively Constrained Trucks / 36% of the Total Construction Budget Was Already Spent

(In Front of the Gate)
In a drizzle, over 50 people resume the sit-in. Due to cancellation of the rally on the sea, the canoe members joined the rally here. Twenty people conducted Go-Go Drive rally on the national expressway and successfully delayed the deliveries by dump and mixer trucks. Furthermore, the trucks that went inside the base at 9:30 a.m. had been constrained within the base till 12:30 p.m. As a result, only 12 mixer-trucks could make deliveries. A security service company employees gave up controlling the traffic for a while, and a few truck drivers forced their way onto the national expressway.
The total of 223 truckloads for today was delivered.


(On the Sea in Oura Bay)
Due to a bad weather, the protest rally on the sea was cancelled. In the base, construction of K8 seawall and depositing earth and sand to the designated area were in progress.

(In Front of Ryukyu Cement Pier in Awa)
In a drizzle, about 10 people rallied in protest. Dump truck deliveries were continued to 6 p.m. in the evening as if to recover the works not done during the long holidays. The number of dump trucks went over 700 for the first time, and reached 707. Four cargo ships left for Oura Bay.

According to a document submitted to the national assembly from the Ministry of Defense, as of March 2018, of the total budget of 350 billion yen for construction of the new base, 36% was already spent. In March 2018, construction of a seawall was in progress, but depositing earth and sand was not begun yet.
It is obvious that the budget must be greatly increased to cover the reinforcement of the soft seafloor. The Okinawa Prefectural government estimates that the total budget will reach 2.65trillion yen. But Abe Administration has not (or cannot) yet announced the revised budget and construction schedule of the new base. What government would use so much tax money to construct a new base for USA on soft seafloor?

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