Okinawan novelist attempts to sue U.S. Marine Corps for detaining him

Okinawan novelist attempts to sue U.S. Marine Corps for detaining him

After filing a lawsuit in the Naha District Court, Akutagawa Prize winning novelist Shun Medoruma held a press conference at the Okinawa Prefecture Office.


May 12, 2016 Ryukyu Shimpo

Akutagawa Prize winning novelist Shun Medoruma was detained by a Japanese security guard employed by U.S. Marine Corps while protesting against new U.S. base construction in Henoko, Nago. Medoruma filed a lawsuit in the Naha District Court, claiming the U.S. Marine Corps’ detained him without due legal process, and demanding about 600,000 yen for pain and suffering.

According to the court claim, the novelist was arrested on March 1 on suspicion of violating the Act on Special Measures Concerning Criminal Cases for entering the restricted area around U.S. Marine Corps Camp Schwab off the coast of Henoko, Nago. He was on his kayak to take part in the protest. Medoruma was detained for about eight hours within the base. The U.S. military allegedly refused to let Medoruma speak to a lawyer and did not explain why he had been detained.

(English translation by T&CT)

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