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July 4, 2016, Tokyo, Japan: A group of nearly 100 activists staged a protest in front of Japan's Ministry of Defense to vent their frustrations about US military bases in Okinawa and the recent murder of Rina Shimabukuro, a 20 y/o local woman whose accused killer is American contractor Kenneth Franklin Gadson. This demo was held in tandem with a rally that took place in Okinawa at the same time with a call for the closure of the US Marine Corps Air Station Futenma, cancelation of the plan to move Futenma?s operations to Henoko town on the northern end of the island, and the a revision of the US Japan Armed Forces Agreement concerning all US military in Okinawa. These activists claim that relocating the Futenma base to Henoko will altar the ecosystem of the Yanbaru forest where protected birds habitate, as well as cause irreversible harm coral reefs where the endangered dudong lives, a type of Okinawan manatee. (Torin Boyd/Polaris).
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July 4, 2016, Tokyo, Japan: A group of nearly 100 activists staged a protest in front of Japan's Ministry of Defense to vent their frustrations about US military bases in Okinawa and the recent murder of Rina Shimabukuro, a 20 y/o local woman whose accused killer is American contractor Kenneth Franklin Gadson. This demo was held in tandem with a rally that took place in Okinawa at the same time with a call for the closure of the US Marine Corps Air Station Futenma, cancelation of the plan to move Futenma?s operations to Henoko town on the northern end of the island, and the a revision of the US Japan Armed Forces Agreement concerning all US military in Okinawa. These activists claim that relocating the Futenma base to Henoko will altar the ecosystem of the Yanbaru forest where protected birds habitate, as well as cause irreversible harm coral reefs where the endangered dudong lives, a type of Okinawan manatee. (Torin Boyd/Polaris).