Okinawa: America’s Japanese Colony

After the Japanese surrender in World War II, the island of Okinawa became the principle station of the US military forces in Japan, hosting over 20,000 American families and occupying 20% of the islands landmass.

The damage this has done to the ecosystem and people of Okinawa is manifest, and the Okinawans are pushing to have the US military presence removed from their island altogether.


Okinawa – 1.3 million Japanese

How US forces came to be in Japan

Number of Americans on Okinawa

Rapes during occupation

Rapes by US soldiers against Okinawans

Crimes against natives

Rally against occupation

Chalmers Johnson’s Blowback

Military occupation from the perspective of Okinawans

Okinawa is the poorest part of Japan

Okinawans sick and tired of occupation

Japan willing to pay money to remove the base

Okinawans in Revolt

Governor elected on platform of shutting the base

Governor approves base move

Thousands rally

Okinawa governor blocks base

Deadlock deepens over base

More protests

Okinawa report