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August 1, 2017 in News

2017/08/01 Theatrical release of the documentary ZAN

ZAN, the documentary film about the last Okinawan Dugong and the destruction of nature in Henoko, Oura bay, will have it's theatrical release on August 1st (Tuesday) at the Yokohama... Read More
August 1, 2017 in News

2017/07/25 Review from Peter Barakan

“Only three dugongs has been confirmed. You will know why the dugong lives in Henoko by watching this film. What we do not know is whether we can save the... Read More
August 1, 2017 in News

2017/07/14 World Premiere Screening of Zan (July 19, Tokyo)

ZAN, the documentary about the last Okinawan Dugong will have an exclusive pre-screening on JULY 19th (Wednesday) . ZAN directed by Rick Grehan For more details: Http:// Read More


Zan is a documentary about the last of the Okinawan Dugong and the people who strive to protect them, located in the outstandingly beautiful and bio diverse Henoko, Oura bay, the Dugong is facing its last stand, its feeding grounds are threatened by the construction of a US Marine base. This film follows imageMILL’s Yu Kisami as he brings us on a journey of discovery, aided by NGO NACJS we meet the people who are working tirelessly to protect this beautiful part of the world, a natural heritage for Japan.


Since 1996 the Japanese government has approved a plan for the relocation of the aging Futenma base to Henoko.


This would involve the landfilling of a large area of the Henoko coast, which happens to be a critically important feeding ground for the last of the Okinawan dugong.


A combination of natural conditions, coral reefs, mangrove, rivers, and tidal land in the area has created a rich bio-diversity, which is ideal for the growth of seagrass, the natural diet for the very fussy eating Dugong.


For more than 20 years, local people, researchers, and NGOs who oppose the plan have tirelessly and passionately protested to preserve this ocean and nature. In recent years, the Japanese government have aggressively proceeded with the plan, conducting inspections and preparing for construction, resulting in severe clashes and conflicts between protesters and riot polices at the site.


At the present time construction has been suspended, but is expected to be restarted in 2017

Join us and help save the Japanese dugong.



"There used to be many dugongs, but currently only three dugongs are officially confirmed."

- Masako Suzuki

"The combination of rivers, mangrove, and ocean creates coral reef with rich biological diversity."

- Mariko Abe

"The locals have been forced to live with the construction plan for nearly 20 years. The Japanese government has intentionally shaped Okinawa to where it became dependent on the U.S. base."

- Urashima Etsuko

"After humans leave the beach and the sun goes down, it will be the dugongs' time."

- Taro Hosokawa

"If the Japanese government does not stop the destruction of the ocean where the dugong lives. It must be up to us."

- Takuma Higashionna

"There is a cycle in nature that when damage occurs, it can recover over and over again. When humans destroy the environment, it cannot be recovered."

- Shin Nishihira


Masahito Yoshida


Mariko Abe


Tatsuo Nakai


Takuma Higashionna

Nago City Council Member

Hideki Yoshikawa

Save the Dugong Campaign Center

Yutaka Umisedo

Save the Dugong Campaign Center

Masako Suzuki

Team ZAN

Urashima Etsuko

Team ZAN

Taro Hosokawa

Dugong Network Okinawa

Shin Nishihara

Snack Snufkin Diving Team

Toshiki Iwamoto

Oumi Diving Guide

Rika Sueyoshi

Ethical Association

Shintaro Haioka


Yu Ishigaki


Yu Kisami


Richard Grehan


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