Eric Rechsteiner

Kushi, Okinawa, Japan

Ryouchi Moriyama, 75, a retired English professor sits beside Kushi beach. He is a long time activist fighting the existance of the US Marine Corps Camp Schwab base. Kushi, where he was born, is a small, quiet village located on the south side of Camp Schwab. Its residents suffer from the constant noise of aircraft and military drills around the village. Moriyama has made a record of all the accidents linked to the U.S. military presence during the past decades.

Since 2002, at least 270 environmental accidents on U.S. Marine Corps bases on Okinawa have contaminated land and local waterways but, until now, almost none of these incidents has been made public. U.S. Marine internal reports highlight serious flaws in training and suggest that the lessons of past accidents have not been effectively implemented. Moreover, recent USMC guidelines order service members not to inform Japanese authorities of accidents deemed 'politically sensitive', raising concerns that many incidents may have gone unreported.

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