Mar 11 (Wed): U.S. Army helicopters exercise in the Henoko sky for two nights in a row outraged the residents / A sit-in protest in Awa restrained dump trucks from making left turns

It happened the last night and the night before in the sky of Henoko: 2 to 4 U.S. military helicopters were noisily training over the residential area. The noise was so loud that it drowned out TV sound and made outside conversations impossible.

The flight training started at 8.30 p.m. and continued until 9.40 p.m. In every 7 or 8 minutes interval they circled over Henoko residential area, which happened more than 10 times. Yesterday the training took place during the daytime and again from 7.30 in the evening. Flight Training was never so intensive.

What kind of country conducts military trainings in the evening right above the citizens who are trying to rest? Isn’t a nation called “fascist” when it gives a priority on “the needs for military training” and violates its citizens’ human rights and rights for safe daily life?.

Many calls of complaints were made to Nago City government.
The City Mayor should immediately protest strongly to the U.S. forces to end the training in the sky over the residential area. However, we already know the U.S. military reply that they had given us repeatedly: “while taking citizens’ safety into consideration, we must have permission to pursue our necessary military exercises.” Such response proves that Okinawa is still a colony of the United States. The same applies to other areas surrounding such bases as Kadena, Futenma, and Takae. This has been going on over several dozens of years. Why does the government of Japan leave it as is? Shouldn’t it protect its citizens? The Japan-U.S. Status of Forces Agreement (1960) should be reformed to stop the U.S. forces acting as they please in Japan.

(In front of the Camp Schwab gate)
Ms. Akane, a dancer, performed an elegant dance beneath the noise of the helicopters. She came to Henoko to show her support, which was her way of spending freed-up time more effectively, since the job offers decreased due to the coronavirus outbreak. The riot policemen absent-mindedly watched her dance. The protestors, all 30 of them, were removed from the sit-in rally while singing together.
A total of 164 truckloads, in 3 separate convoys, was delivered.
Two U.S. military helicopters noisily circled the sky all day long, which was unusual.


(In front of Ryukyu Cement Awa pier)
“Sit down!” commanded Hiroji Yamashiro with the intention to stop the dump trucks that were making dangerous left turn. Approximately 10 protestors sat down. Not knowing how to deal with that, the members of the riot police force and Defense Bureau went back inside the gate. The dump trucks that were about to turn left pulled back one by one. This is the power of Hiroji Yamashiro. Afterwards there was not a single dump truck turning left. Also 10 members of the GoGo Drive team worked hard. The trucks that delivered the landfill soil were closed in on the grounds of the pier, bringing the number of trucks down to less than half of what was here yesterday. 490 loadings were delivered to the temporary storage place, and 562 were stowed onto three cargo ships. Also, members of the Henoko Blue canoe team clang to two of the ships and delayed their departure for about one hour.

(Shiokawa pier in Motobu port)
Similarly to yesterday, there was no construction work because the cargo ships could not reach the shore due to the big waves.


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%)

7(Sat 9(Mon) 10(Tue) 11(Wed) 12(Thr) 13(Fri)
Awa 625 502 878 562
Shiokawa 0 350 0 0


Number of dump trucks
Weightt of earth/sand


Converted to volume


Volume per Total


155,993 935,958t 467,979㎥ 2.270%
※ 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

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