Feb 3 (Wed): Japan-US joint training started: citizens protest in front of Camp Hansen

Amid the state of emergency, the U.S. Marine corps in Okinawa and the Japan Ground Self-Defense Forces (JGSDF) began with their joint training at Blue Beach, Kin Town. The landing operation training included the day-and-night-time helicopter take-off and landing practices, participated by 2500 from US Marine Corps and 230 from Japan Amphibious Rapid Deployment Brigade (ARDB).  

The Japanese participation increased considerably from the last year’s 60. The joint training will continue until Feb 6.

Governor Denny Tamaki has expressed his concerns about the spread of the novel Coronavirus and asked JGSDF to refrain from the training. JGSDF ignored it and proceeded with its training plan. Last week, a report revealed that ARDB secretly agreed to station at the new U.S. base under construction.

Unanimously, all political and civic organizations within the prefecture raised their voice of objection. The protest activities continue before Camp Hansen, where the Marine Corps stay.

ARDB was supposed to board JGSDF’s carrier ship “Osumi” from Nagasaki; however, on Feb 1, they announced that malfunctioning in the carrier ship’s propulsion system forced ARDB to cancel its participation. SGDF’s involvement ended at a smaller scale of 40 troopers.


Because of the emergency state, All Okinawa suspended all protest rallies, but a small group of people continues to rally at Camp Schwab, Awa, and Shiokawa.


From Jan 28 through Feb 3, the shipment, in terms of truckloads, was as follows. The number in brackets indicates the number of vessels.

Jan 28 29 30 Feb 1 2 3
Awa 1048(3) 977(4) 0 1077(4) 1049(3) 897(3)
Shiokawa 0 0 0 697(5) 711(5) 703(5)


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 2020  302,705(3.746%)

30(Sat) Feb, 1(Mon) 2(Tue) 3(Wed) 4 (Thu) 5(Fri)
Awa 0 1077 1049 897
Shiokawa 0 697 711 703


Number of dump trucks
Weightt of earth/sand


Converted to volume


Volume per Total


324,818 1,624,090 t 812,045㎥ 4.020 %
※ 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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