are biodiverse wonders of nature critically endangered by climate change. This makes the following #BCLSjustice
issue even more baffling.
In short, Japan and the US have a long history of exploiting the island group of #Okinawa
for their military interests. The large US military presence on the strategically located islands (close to China) has also long had an environmental impact, from PCB contamination to endangering Dugongs and damage to coral reefs.
After the previous Japanese government broke their promise to lighten Okinawa's burden, the current conservative government are pressing forward with new construction. Democratic pathways have begun to brake down - the government is punishing the people of Okinawa for voting in an anti-base governor in the recent election by refusing to even meet him. Protests have started to see coast guard violence towards demonstrators. Now it seems corals are being damaged by huge concrete blocks dumped into the ocean.
For those interested in some academic work on the issue:
The Asia-Pacific Journal has great coverage, e.g. http://japanfocus.org/-Hideki-YOSHIKAWA/4194
On the US military's involvement:http://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=2479600
cc +Sam Andrews