★☆━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━★☆ (ENGLISH BELOW) A huge event will be held in Okinawa on April 25, with people gathering from all over the prefecture and Japan. No more bases forced on Okinawa! People all over Japan will gather together to spell out with candles the message "NO BASE! OKINAWA" and send their support to the Okinawan people.
☆主催：「沖縄に基地はいらない」全国同時アクションTokyo ☆協賛：沖縄一坪反戦地主会関東ブロック／WORLD PEACE NOW
☆ Event: Simultaneous actions for a base-free Okinawa Candle event spelling out "NO BASE! OKINAWA"
☆ Date: April 25, 2010 (Sunday)
☆ Time: From 6 pm
☆ Place: Meiji Park, Sendagaya Icchome / Shinjuku Kasumigaokamachi
☆ Access: 5 mins walk from Sendagaya station, JR Sobu Line 2 mins walk from Kokuritsu Kyogijo station, Oedo Subway Line 15 mins walk from Gaienmae station, Ginza subway line
☆ Contents: songs, speeches, candle action ※ Donations of 500 yen for candles requested!
☆ Organised by Simultaneous actions for a base-free Okinawa Tokyo ☆ Co-sponsored by the Kanto Block of landowners against military bases and WORLD PEACE NOW
☆ Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
★ Appeal ★
Is the issue of military bases in Okinawa an "Okinawan problem?" Next April 25, a people's gathering will be held in Okinawa to call for the early closure of the US Marine Corps Air Station Futenma, the return of the land, and to oppose the construction of an alternative base elsewhere in Okinawa,
It is the US-Japan Security Pact signed by the mainland Japanese government that has led to the burden of bases to be forced onto the people of Okinawa, leading to the destruction of Okinawa's rich environment, and dangers everyday from sound pollution, accidents and crime, and the linked dangers of war.
The problems of the bases in Okinawa are not a problem of Okinawa, but a problem of those of us from the mainland who are forcing this burden onto the people of Okinawa.
We must seriously consider this issue now, even more than ever.
If nowhere in mainland Japan is willing or planning to accept the bases in its own territory, then this burden must not be forced onto Okinawa. We cannot push the problem around within Okinawa and pretend that we are not aware that this is happening.
The Marine Corps must withdraw, and the Futenma Air Station must be closed.
The people of Okinawa are united in their opposition to the forced placement of the Futenma base in Okinawa. On April 25, on the same day as their prefectural event, actions will be held simultaneously all over Japan and hopefully the world to join our voices together with Okinawa in solidarity to oppose new base construction in Okinawa.
This action is being called for by a coalition of well-known Japanese individuals, including university professors, authors, artists, lawyers, educators, commentators, musicians and representatives of NGOs including Peace Boat, WWF Japan and Greenpeace Japan.
Citizens around the world are also called upon to hold events on the same day, and send messages and photos in support and solidarity. We thank you for your cooperation!
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Tokyo Event to send our message to the April 25 Okinawan People's Gathering ★ A demonstration will be held after the event Date: April 25 (Sun), from 3 pm Place: Miyakezaka Hall, Shakai Bunka Kaikan (4 mins from Nagatacho Station, Yurakucho/Hanzomon Line) Organised by the Kanto Block of landowners against military bases Co-sponsored by the Organising Committee against base construction in Henoko
US for OKINAWA is a new peace action network based in Tokyo that was recently formed by U.S., Japanese, Canadian, New Zealand, Australian, Welsh, Mexican and other citizens living in Japan who are concerned about Okinawa. A deliberate double entendre, US may be read both as "us" (you, me, everyone), as well as U.S. (reflecting the proactive stance of Americans in Japan who support a base-free Okinawa).