By Dana S. Mar
The North American Post
Monday, the Japanese government officially began construction on the U.S. Marine base Futenma replacement facility offshore in Henoko. Ships arrived Sunday carrying over 200 concrete blocks that will be used to build a wall to prevent debris from spreading and damaging the surrounding area. The same ships are expected to carry out a survey of the surrounding waters. Around 100 protesters gathered at the site early in the morning to halt the work.
The U.S. Marine Corps’ Air Station Futenma is currently located in Ginowan, a densely populated area on the main island of Okinawa. Okinawa Gov. Takeshi Onaga has long been fighting the central government against the decision to build the new base in Henoko and returned Sunday from a trip to the U.S. during which he communicated the situation to President Donald Trump’s administration.