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The Unbearable Lightness of the SOFA

Akiko Yamamoto Part-time Lecturer of Okinawa International University

拡大Protest following the crash landing of a U.S. military helicopter near Camp Gonsalves in Okinawa, Oct. 15 2017

“The Targeted Village”

“The Targeted Village (Hyoteki no mura)” is a TV documentary produced by Ryukyu Asahi Broadcasting in 2012, and re-released as a documentary film in 2013. The documentary won a lot of prizes such as the Galaxy Prize (TV section).

The interviewees of the documentary are the residents living at Takae in Higashi Village, Okinawa. They resisted the construction of U.S. military landing zones that threatened to encircle their town, then the fifteen residents including a 7-year-old girl, were indicted by the Japanese government for their obstruction. Nevertheless, after receiving news that the MV-22 Osprey aircraft would use the landing sites, the residents continued their legal battle for about three and a half years and protests in front of the construction site. The Osprey is a transport aircraft, known for many accidents during its development phase, and criticism that it is too dangerous to deploy. 

Divided Village by Politics

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Akiko Yamamoto

Akiko Yamamoto Part-time Lecturer of Okinawa International University

Dr. Akiko Yamamoto is a part-time lecturer of Okinawa International University and University of the Ryukyus. Her works of research are “The United States and the Revision of the U.S.-Japan Security Treaty: Okinawa, the U.S. Military Bases, and the Alliance (Yoshida Publishing Company, 2017),” “The Outsiders of the U.S. Presidents: the Mavericks Threaten the World (Asahi Library, 2017)” and so on.