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A nice story.

“They say they are here to protect Okinawa, to protect Japan. But we should instead be working together to create a world in which they aren’t needed. “I don’t hate them,” she added, her voice fading as she carefully thought of what to say next. “I do still believe the Americans are a kind people.”

During the last Saturday and Sunday I joined Okinawans who sit in at the other side of the street opposite to the gate of Camp Schwab in Henoko. Those protesters are just ordinary Okinawa citizens who have exactly the same emotion and motivation as Ms. Shimabukuro states here. I didn’t see any professional activists as often talked about in the main land.

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