Ian Teh

Henoko, Okinawa, Japan

Mr. Takekiyo Toguchi, 58, a road contractor for Nago City. When, 19 years ago, he had his first child, the experience made him think about their future. Eventually, 11 years ago, he decided to start the Peace Candle Protest against US military bases on Okinawa. He wanted to find a way to involve his children and the other protests were sometimes too aggressive, this was a gentle way to express their feelings publicly.
Toguchi felt it was important to demonstrate to other similar businesses that it was possible to survive without contracts that involved the expansion of US Military bases. Ironically he has more work now than before. He reasons that many businesses went bust as they waited for too long a time for confirmation on the expansion of the US military base.
Initially when Toguchi first started the Peace Candle Protest many of his colleagues said he was crazy. They felt he would end up isolating himself, and not surviving because ultimately, he would jeopardise his chances of getting contracts from the government. He says in the first six months to a year, life was particularly difficult, his wife ended up supporting the family because he could not get any contracts. Not long ago he was asked to survey the land in Camp Schwab where they would build the airstrips. He was offered 20 percent of the actual construction cost for the particular job he had to survey. Toguchi turned the job down.

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Ian Teh
Henoko, Okinawa
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