Henoko: Living with an American Base (2019)


Sociopolitical Documentary hosted by Haruka Nikaido, published by NHK in 2019 – English narration


In the town of Henoko in northern Okinawa Prefecture, major construction at an American base is underway. Since the Marine Corps built Camp Schwab there in the 1950’s, when Okinawa was under US administration, the people of Henoko have shared their fate with the American military.

How did Henoko become a “base town”? Why have its fortunes been tied so closely to the base, and what has this meant to the people in the district?

The programme uses newly uncovered archival materials and new testimony to depict the post-war history of the town, which symbolizes the heavy burden of American bases that Okinawa continues to bear.

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  • Distributor(s): NHK World Prime.
  • Release Date: 16 November 2019.
  • Running Time: 49 minutes.
  • Rating: Unknown.
  • Country: Japan.
  • Language: English.

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