IN SEARCH OF THE OKINAWAN DUGONG
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