Feb 17 (Mon): Abe’s approval rating sharply fell / 40 citizens stopped dump trucks at Awa

The result of the examination by the specialists on the feasibility of constructing a new base at the Oura Bay was announced. The research was done based on the data taken at the area where the condition of the sea floor had been concerned, which was hidden by the Department of Defense until recently. The research team consisting of 10 specialists led by Masaaki Tateishi, geologist and professor emeritus of Niigata University, indepentently worked for this examination. The revealed data had shown that at the B27 area the sea floor deeper than 70 meter consists of mayonaise-soft earth. The team made an announcement that if the huge concrete sea wall would be installed on it, it could be not only sunk but collapsed. On the other day in Diet, Defense minister Kono replied as follows: “As the data was taken from the casual researh, it’s not appropreate to use it for determining the strength of the sea floor.” Professor Tateishi said that if the government insisted that the trial calculation by the investigating team would be wrong, they should examine the accurate strength by themselves by doing exploratory drilling. The Japanese governmet has been trying to hide the possibility of land subsidence not only from their own people but also from the U.S. government. Would the U.S. really like to construct their base there even now?

The approval rating of Abe Cabinet sharply fell down. A Kyodo News survey, conducted on Feb 15 and 16, shows that the rating has fallen to 41.0 %, dropping 8.3 points from the previous poll in January. People’s distrust against Prime Ministry Abe has risen as he kept continuing cover-ups and excuses. More than 80 % said Abe had failed to provide an adequate explanation. The Cabinet disapproval rate stood at 46.1 percent, up 9.4 points, which surpassed the approval rate.

(In fron of the Camp Schwab Gate)
In the chilly morning, 35 people showed up to sit in while shivering. Some of them individually came from Niigata, Kanagawa and Osaka. Last week the cover-up by the DOD of the data on soft sea floor was revealed. At the sit-in many people criticized it by saying that Prime Minister’s concealment culture is shared with the DOD. Delivery was made three times. Total 134 trucks including concrete mixer cars brought in the construction materials. Most of the materials entering from this gate is concrete to be used to fortify the seawalls.


(In front of the Ryukyu Cement Awa Pier)
Go Go Dive members with other citizens kept protesting from 7: 30 am at the exit in order to prevent dump trucks from coming out from the pier after unloading the earth and sand which they brought in. Around 9 am nearly 40 trucks were stuck inside of the premise. As there was no space left for trucks to move around, further delivery was stopped. The situation remained the same almost all day. There was no loading to cargo ships. 476 truckloads of the earth and sand were piled up at the temporary storage area.


(Shiokawa Pier at Motobu Port)
There was no work, as the cargo ships could not dock to the pier due to the high wave.

Total number of dump trucks to date and percentage against the total

The weight and the volume of earth/soil were estimated per experts’ advice
Number of dump trucks which made delivery from December 2018 to the end of December 2019 114,601(1.68%)

15(Sat 17(Mon) 18(Tue) 19(Wed) 20(Thr) 21(Fri)
Awa 0 0
Shiokawa 0 0


Number of dump trucks
Weightt of earth/sand


Converted to volume


Volume per Total


140,951 845,706t 422,853㎥ 2.051%
※ Cumulative since Dec. 1, 2019
※① Calculated by assuming that the average truckload per dump truck would be 6 tons
※② Calculated by assuming that a specific weight of soil/sand set to be 2
※③ Percentage against 20.620.000m3, the total volume of earth and sand required for the landfill.

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