On a more local note: Byron Hinterland Seed Savers’ Rasa Dover and Paul Crebar, are organising a seed exchange on 25th July at Seed Savers’ Network, Old Bangalow Road, Byron after our return. Please see their Fb page. Jude and Michel will give a talk about Okinawa and their June Seed Solidarity Tour in Japan, Taiwan, and Malaysia.
On June 19, in Tokyo, anti-US base Okinawan Governor Takeshi Onaga will meet with US Ambassador Kennedy for the first time.
The Governor will convey to the ambassador the will of the majority of Okinawan people, which is to refuse construction of a US base at Henoko Bay, where the governments of Japan and the United States plan to move US Marine Corps Air Station Futenma from Ginowan. Onaga will ask the ambassador to review the relocation plan.
(English version translated and edited by T&CT and Jane Close)
Most islanders, scarred by a devastating military attack by the US during World War II, are critical of their government which hosts tens of thousands of US troops and US military facilities occupying about 18 percent of the island’s area.