Fierce opponent of U.S. military bases in Okinawa detained for three months
A protest leader’s continued detention without trial has triggered accusations that Japanese authorities are trying to silence him.

One of the most vocal opponents of U.S. military construction on Okinawa has been in detention for 95 days on relatively minor charges, triggering accusations that the Japanese government is trying to silence him.

Hiroji Yamashiro, a 64-year-old who had led protests against new U.S. Marine Corps facilities in the island prefecture, was arrested Oct. 17 and has been behind bars ever since.

“I can’t help but think this smells like a political judgment, not a judicial one,” Yamashiro wrote from his prison cell in Naha in response to questions from The Washington Post that were passed to him through his attorney.

“This is an unjust and illegal detention, and I don’t think it should be allowed to happen. It’s probably related to the current situation of the base issue in Okinawa,” he wrote.

In Japan, suspects can be held for 23 days before legal authorities must either indict or release them. Their attorney is not allowed to attend interrogations conducted during this time.

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Dive into a cave on the edge of the island of Okinawa. these islands are a mixture of volcanic rock and coral reefs, so this is either a cave eroded into limestone or a lava tube perhaps?

Bingata Kimono. Meiji period (1867-1911), Japan.  Older crepe-silk bingata antique kimonos are rare, especially in this condition. Bingata kimonos were created using the katazome technique (stencil dyeing), and refers to a unique style from the large southern island of Okinawa. The Kimono Gallery.