Yoshio Shimoji, a writer based in Naha, Okinawa, on January 31 alerted the international media on what is going on in Henoko, Okinawa, citing author Shun MEDORUMA's blog. Henoko is where Japanese and US government are forcing the construction of a new US military airbase and port that requires massive reclamation of the pristine ocean, despite the legal, environmental concerns over the plan and 80% of Okinawan population opposing to it.
"Below are some photographs of the venues of Henoko construction site run on Shun Medoruma’s blog. Concrete blocks being dumped onto the Henoko seabed are not one-ton blocks as I assumed. Their weights seem to range from 20 tons to 45 tons as Medoruma writes.
The destruction of mother nature at Henoko has thus begun despite Okinawa’s and the world’s vociferous opposition!"
"The following diagram from the Feb. 1 Ryukyu Shinpo shows how the construction work will proceed. Huge caissons cast at a plant in Mie Prefecture will be carried by barges as far as Henoko where they are sunk onto the seabed, filled with sands/rocks and then sealed with concrete. After that, dirt for landfill is dumped into an area surrounded by the caissons."