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.
Japanese night raiders are greeted with a lacework of anti-aircraft fire by the Marine defenders of Yontan airfield, on Okinawa. In the foreground are Marine Corsair fighter planes of the “Hell’s Belles’ squadron. 1945.
Two weeks ago, I went to see an ikebana competition. It was really interesting!
Skirt: Ank Rouge
Cardigan: Innocent World
Bag: Dolly Girl by Anna Sui
Shoes: Hush Puppies
Silk scarf, socks and pearl bracelet: offbrand
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.