Nov 30 (Mon): 72 U.S. soldiers infected, the highest number ever / Accelerate the loading and unloading of earth and sand by setting up a pontoon to the K9 revetment

(In front of Camp Schwab Gate)

Many people are visiting Henoko using the government’s financial support campaign, “Go to Travel”. The campaign is the primary factor in the spread of the infection, but the number of sit-in participants has undoubtedly increased, and the protest has become more lively.

Today, the U.S. military in Okinawa announced that 72 U.S. soldiers, the largest number ever, were infected with the new coronavirus. Most of them are soldiers transferred from abroad. While concerned about the spread of the infection, the angry voices against the new base’s construction have to continue — the protest site is in a dilemma. Suspending construction should be the best solution.

About 40 people sat down from 8:30 in the morning. The protesters raised placards to the truck drivers after the riot police moved them and opened the gate. After the trucks entered through the gate, the protesters marched in front of the entrance, chanting the protest slogans.

A total of 237 trucks carried in materials.


(Protest at sea in Oura Bay)

On this day, we confirmed that a pontoon for unloading earth and sand had arrived at Oura Bay. They berthed it next to the K9 revetment in the afternoon to load and unload two cargo ships simultaneously, accelerating the work. The Defense Bureau plans to install a pontoon on the K8 revetment as well.

(In front of Ryukyu Cement Awa Pier)

It was a protest with only eight people. Still, the protesters’ presence makes a big difference, no matter how small the number is. If there is no one, the dump trucks can go in and out freely.  Small in number they may be, the protesters continued to protest and caused the dump truck traffic delay.

Sediment loading continued until 7:45 p.m., and a total of 900 truckloads of landfill soil were added to the pile in the storage area. The day’s operation finished after loading 386 truckloads to one ship.


(Motobu Shiokawa Pier)

Approximately 20 members, including Motobu Shimagurumi (Motobu chapter of the Island-Wide Conference), continued to protest by loitering on the premises. The police have placed man-to-man control, which was adequate with a small number of protesters.  But not with a larger number of protesters.  The protesters continued strolling in front of the dump trucks coming in and going out and caused the dump trucks to jam the premises.

By the time the gate closed at 5 p.m., 363 truckloads of the sand and soils were loaded onto three vessels.


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%)

28(Sat) 30(Mon) Dec,1(Tue) 2(Wed) 3 (Thu) 4(Fri)
Awa 539 386
Shiokawa 0 363


Number of dump trucks
Weightt of earth/sand


Converted to volume


Volume per Total


286,740 1,4233,700t 716,850㎥ 3.549%
※ 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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