85 year old legendry Henoko Gramdmother, Ms. Shimabukuro was carried by an ambulance after each of her finger on the dump truck mirror was taken away by a riot police and fell off to the ground in front of the Camp Shwab where a new US Base is being constructed. She was at one time unconscious and no police man was trying to protect her when she was falling with her head against the concrete ground, which made her unconscious. An ambulance was called only by the citizens and police were only taking pictures of her on the ground...this became only a local news and never covered by any national news.
The series of photos were taken by an Okinawan photographer/Haiku poet, Mr. Tomoyuki Toyosato.
Video of Ms. Fumiko Shimabukuro (Sep 2014)
The following is the famous Okinawan 85 year old grandmother, Ms. Fumiko Shimabukuro. (middle)
Ms. Yoshiko Uema on the right said, "Women above 65 years old should fight in the frontline at Henoko, since they finished child rearing..."
To my surprise, both of them had concussion facing against the mobile police and were carried by the ambulance late 2014 in front of Camp Shwab where new Henoko US base is to be constructed.
Luckily, their injuries were not serious, but both of them at one time lost their consciouness by hitting their heads! Amazingly, this news did not become national news and was covered only locally... the article in Okinawa Times is at the end of this page.
On March 9th, I visited the sit-in tents in front of Camp Shwab near the new Henoko US base and listened to the story by Ms. Fumiko Shimabukuro, 85 year old Okinawan famous grandmother. Please read the following message to Mr. Abe.
Before the war was ended, Japanese people used to say, "Korean, Taiwanese, Uchina (local Okinawan people)"
We have been discriminated though we are the same human beings with Japanese.
However, Okinawan women were fighting quite strongly.
Women are strong. Because they have to give birth to children and to rear the children.
Adults can stand hunger for 2 or 3 days, but children are different.
During war time, we used to look for food in mountains.
We were all hungry without enough food and even water. But Japanese army took away all the food such as potatoes, rice and sugar.
What was left for us was only waterly pumpkin. We boiled the pumpkin with water, and still it was a feast for us.
But Japanese soldiers never protected us though they killed us.
The army had the power and did all they wanted. The local police could not say a ward to the army.
Soldiers stayed in deep in the shelter and told mothers with infant children in the shelter.
"Mothers and crying children should get out of the shelter, or mothers should kill the children."
For mothers, it was impossible to kill their own child. They had no choice but to go out to the outside where shells were attacking like rain.
Japanese army never admitted though they had done horrible things. I sometimes feel like smashing them until they die.
I heard a man named Kashima (army officer who stationed in Okinawa) is still alive. I heard that he said,
"Japanese army protected our civilization and did not do anything wrong."
He is the very person who order the massive killing of Okinawan local people in Kume Island.
What on earth are these people thinking of Okinawan people?
There is no reserve for life.
Unbelievably, Japanese soldiers used Okinawa children as shields for protecting their own lives.
They themselves ran away leaving children as human shields.
I hate US military but at least they treated me with burns half of my body at the hospital. That is why I am alive now.
If it was with the Japanese military, me who was heavily injured at the time should have been left alone.
I really feel like stamping on the rotten spirits of Japanese military!
Current politicians do not know how it was during the war and do not know the suffering of the people under the wars.
Mr. Shinzo Abe is now trying to stamp on the future generations.
However, we survived under the rain of shells.
So we would never want to be defeated.
But how? There is no solution right now.
Therefore, I would like to have some words with Prime Minister Abe.
I had received no education, so I would like to pass my letter to Prime Minister Abe through a Diet member.
I would like to ask Prime Minister Abe.
You say, "I will protect the lives and properties of our people."
Then, why did you let the young Japanese hostages be killed?
How can a person who could not save even a single person's life declare, "I will protect the lives of our people"?
Please do not use the word, "I will protect the ｌives" without sense of reality.
(At the year of 15, Ms. Shimabukuro had burns half of her body due to the attack by the US. Still she carried her heavily wounded mother who was about to be killed with injection in the US hospital on her injured back and fleed from the hospital to save her. She managed to survive and her mother also lived until the age of 95 years old.)
There were many people who could not help their own families.
Even their own lives were at risk.
(Note: In the battle of Okinawa, more than the quarter of the Okinawan population were killed.)
I do not want to hear Mr. Abe say, "I will protect the people's lives" irresponsibly.
Politicians' words are too light and almost meaningless. Maybe because the people living in this age are living with money.
In the time of Prime Minister Hatoyama's regime, I once stood in front of the riot police and a truck saying, "If you cannot talk with me, just kill me!"
I really do not understand why Okinawa should be killed twice.
End of Ms. Shimabukuro's talk
On November 20, 2014, Ms. Shimabukuro was carried by an ambulance during the sit-in and struggle with the riot police in front of the new Henoko US Base.
85 year old woman was forcibly displaced and injured with temporary unconsciousness
In the morning of November 20th, Ms. Fumiko Shimabukuro (85) was fell down when she was forced to move by the the Okinawan prefectural police and was carried to a hospital in Nago city. She was unconscious at one time and diagnosed as having a blow at the temporal region on her head.
According to the witness cameraman Mr. Tomoyuki Toyosato (38), Ms. Shimabukuro was trying to stop the dump truck which was going into the new Henoko US base by grabbing the front mirror, but the riot police took her hands off the mirror and she fell down to the ground.
A female part-time worker who was also injured at the spot said with tears, "The police should have protected the old lady but instead, they were taking pictures of her lying on the ground. How inhumane..."
Lawyer Toshiji Miyake who dashed to the spot said, "I would like to make an criminal accusation on this case after listening to Ms. Shimabukuro. I would like to make the person pay some responsibility."
The prefectural police denied the allegation of falling her down and said, "A riot police found a woman falling down and they took her to a tent. The police is acting so that there will be no trouble or injuries. We will continue to keep safety."