Nov 11 (Wed): Shipping decreased both at Awa and Shiokawa./60, or more citizens made a protest at five places.

(In front of Camp Schwab Gate)

About 30 members of Naha Shimagurumi (Naha chapter of Island-Wide Conference) staged a sit-in in front of the gate, making a protest. The protest came alive with songs and jokes at the site, led by women, this day. The riot police officers seemed more relaxed to ask the protesters to move. They must be impressed with the appeal of the women who reminded them of their mothers or grandmothers. At least I hope so.

A total of 168 vehicles delivered the material.


(Ryukyu Cement Awa Pier)

About 25 members of Shimajiri Shimagurumi Area(Shimajiri chapter of the Island-Wide Conference), divided into two groups at the entrance and exit of the pier, respectively, made a protest. At the entry, the riot police led by commander H pushed the citizens out to the pavement to place strict control over the protest movement. The protesters raised their voices to criticize his rougher action.

On the sea, a team consisting of 8 canoes stuck to a carrier, delaying its departure by one hour or more. The loading soil and sand finished at 14:00. They loaded 426 truckloads of earth and sand to two carriers. The loading work tends to close earlier than before, maybe because there are not many empty carriers available.



(Motobu Shiokawa Pier)

Six members of Motobu-Cho Shimagurumi (Motobu chapter of the Island-Wide Conference) continued the protest. Probably because only a small number of barges are available, dump trucks seemed to deliver soil and sand more slowly than usual. The work ended with the 3rd carrier due to high waves. They loaded 391 truckloads of earth and sand.

It seems that the number of security guards has decreased at the pier. They say that recruitment cannot catch up the number of guards who quit these days. The guards stand all day long and sometimes shout in a loud voice, “Dump trucks are passing !” It is no wonder that they got bored and resigned one after another. However, relatively good payment is attractive for middle-aged and older people who are out of a job due to the COVID-19, so that recruitment is not so difficult. The national tax unlimitedly covers the cost; the budget for security guards per day is over 30 million yen.



Number of dump trucks to date and percentage against the total

The estimation calculated on the basis of the number of ruckloads serves only as a reference.

Number of dump trucks which made delivery from December 2018 to the end of December 2019 114,601(1.39%)

7(Sat) 9(Mon) 10(Tue) 11(Wed) 12 (Thu) 13(Fri)
Awa 0 280 551 416
Shiokawa 0 516 512 391


Number of dump trucks
Weightt of earth/sand


Converted to volume


Volume per Total


275,570 1,377,850t 688,925㎥ 3.411%
※ Cumulative since Dec. 1, 2019
※① Calculated by assuming that the average truckload per dump truck would be 5 tons
※② Calculated by assuming that a specific weight of soil/sand set to be 2
※③ Percentage against 20.200.000m3, the total volume of earth and sand required for the landfill.



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