A high school student films and interviews protesters against the Henoko relocation
August 11, 2014 Ryukyu Shimpo
The U.S. and Japanese governments are preparing to build a new base to replace U.S. Marine Corps Air Station Futenma to Henoko in the Nago district. While the Japanese government was not carrying out the work on August 10, many citizens who oppose plans to build the base, visited from in and outside Okinawa to see sit-in protesters gathering in a tent at the base gate. One of the visitors was Soshi Nobu of the Okinawashogaku High School who filmed the protesters with his video camera.
Nobu was born in Hiroshima Prefecture. Influenced by his father, he became interested in the base issues in Okinawa and the peace movement, and joined a high school in Okinawa. Although Nobu opposes the U.S.miliary bases in Okinawa, he has mixed feelings about the issue because one of his dormitory friends has a parent working on one of the bases. Nobu said, “I feel that it is hard to express my opposition against the bases.” However, he went on to say, “This is one of the difficulties Okinawa faces.”
After acting as a guide for a peace tour, Nobu realized he wanted to tell others living in the main islands of Japan how Okinawan people feel about the bases. He and his friends set up a plan to upload movies about the base issues in Okinawa on a website and social media. They plan to ask for airline companies to screen what they filmed in the airplanes bound for Okinawa.
Nobu filmed the people protesting on the night of August 10, and interviewed those visiting the tent. He said, “Some of the people distance themselves from the protest movement because they do not know why the participants are protesting.” He continued, “Our role as young people is to show how the protesters feel. I think our projects will encourage more young people to take part in the protest movement.”
(English translation by T&CT)
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