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Henoko anti-base canoe activist injured by Japan Coast guard 辺野古で非暴力の反基地カヌー活動家が海保から暴力で怪我

A non-violent canoe activist was grabbed by his neck violently by Japan Coast Guard person.
Interview follows with bilingual video and text
(Photo from  Okinawa Times August 23, 沖縄タイムズ 8月23日)


The same Japan Coast Guard person is known to have done another violent act against an anti-base citizen before.  The guard pressed a citizen grabbing his glasses onto his face, which lead to bleeding, according to local people.



On August 22th, Japan Coast Guard person violently grabbed a 32 year old canoe activist by the neck, which resulting in cervical sprain that would take 10 days to recover.

On August 29th, the 32 year old man along with his lawyers submitted a complaint to Naha Local Prosecutors' Office Nago Branch for crime of violence and humiliation resulting in injury.

The canoe activist was diagnosed as "cerevrel sprain which would take 10 days to be recovered" at the hospital he went on the same day.

Interview video

Strangely, the sound became suddenly small, so I added the rough transcript. (not exactly word to word, but the content is accurate.)

Takenouchi: 8月23日、辺野古で大変な事件が発覚しました。カヌーで基地反対で非暴力的に抗議していた人が、海上保安庁の人員にゴムボートに暴力的に載せられ、頸椎をねん挫してしまったと言う事件が発生し、沖縄で大きなニュースになっています。

On August 23rd, a big incident took place in Henoko.  A non-violent canoe protestor was injured by Japan Coast Guard person which became a big news.  (Okinawa Times, Aug 23, 2014)


He is just in front of me and unfortunately, he has been suffering from cerevral sprain.
Please tell me what happened.


The man: I was doing opposition campaign on the canoe boat against drilling survey implemented at Bay of Oura, in Henoko on that day.


Then 2 Japan Coast Guard rubber boats came to my boat and sandwitched my canoe.


Then the personnel pulled my canoe boat using an iron bar.


And without any warrant or any legal backgroud, they tried to pull me into the rubber boat.


Next moment, one man was horseriding me and grabbed me violently and pulled me into the rubber boat forcibly and violently.


Then I felt pain in my neck and so I asked them, "Please hands off, since I am feeling pain."


Thus I was in their rubber boat, and though I made no resistance, the guard told me, "Do not resist!" and grabbed me down once again.


I was not resisting or anything, but the guard kept grabbing my neck.  At that time I was praying some media person was taking photo of them.

Then a media boat carrying a camera man approaced us and started to take photoes.


I hoped that the person would take the photoes of what was going on at that time.


When the media boat was approaching, then the guard patted me gesturing, "Are you OK?" and when the media boat was away, he started grabbing me strongly again.  The same thing happened two times.


When the media boat was away, the guard said to me, "Now the camera is gone, so you should not feel any pain."


I thought that the guard was saying as if I was telling lies.


Takenouchi: You mean, he said that as if you were lying


(The sound became strange from here at 9:15より)

竹野内の説明: つまりこういうことですね。海保の人は、彼が実は首が痛いなんてことはないんだけれどもお芝居をしているかのように状況を見せたがっていたという事ですね。

So the thing was like this. Japan Coast Guard man was trying to make look the situation as if he was not feeling any pain, but he was pretending and he was acting as if he had pain in his neck.


But actually he (the Japan Coast Guard person) was telling a lie.  I was feeling tremendous pain in my neck during that time. He was actually violently holding my neck.


Afterwards, I was taken away by the rubber boat and I was questioned by them.


They did questioning without legal background, so I was keeping my silence not telling my name and address.


Then the Japan Coast Guard man told me that he will take me to the special patrol boat
(translator's note:  I took the wrong word  "Fleet" but he meant he was about to be taken into a "patrol boat.")


I asked the man to take me back to the beach I started with other canoe men.


They finally took me back to the beach we started.  Before I was released, I told the man who violently held me.


I asked the violent man, "Please tell me your name and title."  When I asked questions, he kept silence.


He was not answering, so I asked the same question once again.


So I asked him "why are you keeping silence?  Why are you keeping me as in an unjust way?"


Then he asked me, "Would you like to go back to the off shore once again."


He was as if he would take me off shore and would do the violent things once again.



So I asked him to take me to the fishing's port with more people watching rather than the remote beach or remote off shore.


He finally took me to the fishing port.

When we arrived at the fishing port, he was very quiet and he became very gentleman-like. His attitude totally changed.


My commrades asked him, "Why did you capture him?  Please tell us your name and position."


But again, he did not answer anything.


I really wanted to get his answer, but since he didn't answer any, I got off from the rubber boat.


I told my commrades about what had happened and my problem, they suggested me to go to hosptal.


So I went to the hospital right away and the doctor diagnosed me that I had cervical sprain which would take for 10 days.


Since I got the diagnosis and wanted to tell the public what had happened at the site, I told the story to media people.


On the following morning, I saw my photo being attacked by the Japan Coast Guard man and I had the renewed feeling that it was horrible.


I really want to throughly find out the facts and pursuit this case.


This case is a very good example of Abe regime's high-handed political tactics to relocate Futenma air base to new Henoko base.


Majority of Okinawan people are against the construction of new base at Henoko after closing Futenma.


However, Mr. Nakaima, the governor of Okinawa, admitted the application for reclaiming the Henoko Sea at the end of last year.



(Translator's note:Sorry! My video translation was misinterpreted so here it is!

This is the denial of democracy which has been nurtured during the course of long years in human history.  Also this is quite a challenge for us seeing that the regime can violently change the decision.


I would like to continue this fight against the construction of US base, never never giving up.


I would like to take care of my neck and get recovered as early as possible so that I do not have to wear this corset and would like to go back to canoe team again.


So I would like to ask you a favor, to anyone in Japan or in the world.  Please be interested and do some kind of action. Please get to know this fact.


Please make a solidarity to change this situation.


I believe there are many things we could do-just by one person or by group of many people.


Let's fight together that we can achieve our real democracy.


Post Script by Mari Takenouchi


I do not know the details of this person, but local people told me that he had done another violent act against another protester who was wearing glasses.  The protester was captured by him who purposely pressed him hard above his glasses, and the protester suffered bleeding from the side of his eye.


On the other hand, the person injured this time was a man in his early 30s and he was quite sincere and gentle.


He told me that he was doing some studies/activities in pursuing the  responsibilities of Japan during the war of agression, insufficient post-war compensation, comfort women issue, and economical gaps on developing nations.
(Since I was also working on comfort women issue, I was happy to see our common points.)


He stressed that we need to focus more on Japanese responsibility as perpetrators against Asian nations. (I totally agree with him!)


He was very nice to my 4 year old son before and after the interview, and though I asked him, "Please never mind my son since your neck is injured," he was playing with my son.  My son was deligted and loved him!

Post Script 2


Currently, my twitter is controlled by someone and the number of followers are constantly decreasing in an unnatural straight line...and my tweets cannot sometimes be RTed according to some people who report me.


Likewise, my iphone seems to be behaving strangely with the sound suddenly becoming small or getting back to normal.  On this day, my video camera's battery was gone, so I was using my iphone...

Though 20% of the battery remained at the time when he said the last line, the sound system almost died away in the middle and then recovered...very strange...



The above video (24 seconds) shows the moment when the above canoe activist was violently captured by Japan Coast Guard man.  Strangely, if you look at youtube, there are many people who pressed Thumb Down.  Why?

I always feel resentment when there are people who press Thumb Down even on my 4 year son's video...


竹野内真理 8月25日、Mari Takenouchi August 25, 2014

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