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Collection: Stories of Protest in Okinawa

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The ocean home of the last few Japanese dugongs is about to be landfilled to make way for two airstrips – part of the expansion of a US military base on the island of Okinawa. But a movement nearly 18 years old is standing up to say NO.

The struggle is reaching a fever pitch. The majority of Okinawa's people – from students to grandparents and the local governor – have voiced their opposition to the plans. But construction work continues. There are daily scuffles outside the base as protesters attempt to prevent bulldozers and equipment from entering the bay.

Here are the stories of six courageous people who are taking action to save the dugongs and protect the rich ocean life for future generations.
Japanese Coast Guards in Okinawa
2 Nov, 2015
Japanese Coast Guards in Okinawa
Protestors in Kayaks in Okinawa
2 Nov, 2015
Protestors in Kayaks in Okinawa
Japanese Coast Guards in Okinawa
2 Nov, 2015
Japanese Coast Guards in Okinawa
Japanese Visitors Viewing Futenma Air Base in Okinawa
2 Nov, 2015
Japanese Visitors Viewing Futenma Air Base in Okinawa
Japanese Coast Guards in Okinawa
2 Nov, 2015
Japanese Coast Guards in Okinawa
Futenma Airfield in Okinawa
2 Nov, 2015
Futenma Airfield in Okinawa
Protestor Mr Higashionna in Okinawa
1 Nov, 2015
Protestor Mr Higashionna in Okinawa
Protestor Mr Toguchi in Okinawa
1 Nov, 2015
Protestor Mr Toguchi in Okinawa
Oura Bay in Okinawa
1 Nov, 2015
Oura Bay in Okinawa
Protestor Mr Toguchi in Okinawa
1 Nov, 2015
Protestor Mr Toguchi in Okinawa
Oura Bay in Okinawa
1 Nov, 2015
Oura Bay in Okinawa
Landscape of Henoko in Okinawa
1 Nov, 2015
Landscape of Henoko in Okinawa
Landscape of Henoko in Okinawa
1 Nov, 2015
Landscape of Henoko in Okinawa
Protestor Mr Nishihira in Okinawa
31 Oct, 2015
Protestor Mr Nishihira in Okinawa
Coastline of Henoko in Okinawa
31 Oct, 2015
Coastline of Henoko in Okinawa
Protestors at the Military Base in Okinawa
31 Oct, 2015
Protestors at the Military Base in Okinawa
New Tunnel in Okinawa
31 Oct, 2015
New Tunnel in Okinawa
Protestors at the Military Base in Okinawa
31 Oct, 2015
Protestors at the Military Base in Okinawa
Protestors at the Military Base in Okinawa
31 Oct, 2015
Protestors at the Military Base in Okinawa
Protestors at the Military Base in Okinawa
31 Oct, 2015
Protestors at the Military Base in Okinawa
Protestors at the Military Base in Okinawa
31 Oct, 2015
Protestors at the Military Base in Okinawa
Main Entrance into Camp Schwab in Okinawa
31 Oct, 2015
Main Entrance into Camp Schwab in Okinawa
Protestors at the Military Base in Okinawa
31 Oct, 2015
Protestors at the Military Base in Okinawa
Protestors at the Military Base in Okinawa
31 Oct, 2015
Protestors at the Military Base in Okinawa
Protestors at the Military Base in Okinawa
31 Oct, 2015
Protestors at the Military Base in Okinawa
Protestor Mr Nishihira in Okinawa
31 Oct, 2015
Protestor Mr Nishihira in Okinawa
Protestor Ms Yuri in Okinawa
31 Oct, 2015
Protestor Ms Yuri in Okinawa
Protestor Mr Nakasone in Okinawa
31 Oct, 2015
Protestor Mr Nakasone in Okinawa
Protestor Camp in Okinawa
31 Oct, 2015
Protestor Camp in Okinawa
Protestor Mr Nishihira in Okinawa
31 Oct, 2015
Protestor Mr Nishihira in Okinawa
Protestor Mr Ahitomi in Okinawa
30 Oct, 2015
Protestor Mr Ahitomi in Okinawa
A Tombstone in Henoko in Okinawa
30 Oct, 2015
A Tombstone in Henoko in Okinawa
Protestor Ms Yuri in Okinawa
30 Oct, 2015
Protestor Ms Yuri in Okinawa
Protestor Ms Urashima in Okinawa
30 Oct, 2015
Protestor Ms Urashima in Okinawa
Protestor Ms Urashima in Okinawa
30 Oct, 2015
Protestor Ms Urashima in Okinawa
Protestor Ms Suzuki in Okinawa
30 Oct, 2015
Protestor Ms Suzuki in Okinawa
Dugong Billboards in Okinawa
30 Oct, 2015
Dugong Billboards in Okinawa
Protestor Mr Ahitomi in Okinawa
30 Oct, 2015
Protestor Mr Ahitomi in Okinawa
Coastline of Henoko in Okinawa
29 Oct, 2015
Coastline of Henoko in Okinawa
An Activist and a Journalist in Okinawa
29 Oct, 2015
An Activist and a Journalist in Okinawa
Protestors at the Military Base in Okinawa
29 Oct, 2015
Protestors at the Military Base in Okinawa
Protestors at the Military Base in Okinawa
29 Oct, 2015
Protestors at the Military Base in Okinawa
Coastline of Henoko in Okinawa
29 Oct, 2015
Coastline of Henoko in Okinawa
Protestors outside Camp Schwab in Okinawa
29 Oct, 2015
Protestors outside Camp Schwab in Okinawa
Coastline of Henoko in Okinawa
29 Oct, 2015
Coastline of Henoko in Okinawa
Protestor Camp in Okinawa
28 Oct, 2015
Protestor Camp in Okinawa
Women Celebrate Nature in Okinawa
28 Oct, 2015
Women Celebrate Nature in Okinawa
Inside the Protestors Camp in Okinawa
28 Oct, 2015
Inside the Protestors Camp in Okinawa
Protestor Grandpa Kayoh in Okinawa
28 Oct, 2015
Protestor Grandpa Kayoh in Okinawa
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