Japanese Ministry of Defense in Hot Water for alleged Involvement in Anti-US Protests

A black list of protesters was presented today at the request of the Ministry of Defense. The reason why this black list was needed was so that the authorities can identify who are against the building of a new US base in Okinawa.

 

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The private security contractors (or private military contractors) involved are the Risingsun Security Corporation. They are tasked with protecting the construction of the base, including the waters surrounding it, and to apprehend anyone who is deemed an anti-American protester.

 

They can identify who these people are because of the said blacklist which shows the individual’s mugshot, their names and their background on a computer monitor to easily identify them.

 

This was done to prevent anti-American protesters from delaying the planned base construction and to help relocate all the Marines currently stationed in Futenma and transfer them to Henoko, a slightly larger base for more military equipment.

 

Risingsun Security was tasked with this job since as far back as 2014 and was paid in advance to do their job of patrolling the waters and land area in and around the new proposed site and have done their job well.

 

They are scheduled to patrol into the 2020’s.


Some people have claimed this black list is too much and infringes on their right to free speech and right to privacy; implying a dystopian government. Some activists have said that this is exactly like George Orwell’s Nineteen Eighty Four novel which shows an authoritarian, dictatorial, dystopian government hell-bent on controlling the population.

 

Conspiracy theorists claim that this is just the start of governmental harassment (as it has been claimed that the Japanese government has asked Risingsun Security to compile a list of activists) and that it’ll only be a matter of time before it’ll get worse.

 

Reference: Ministry denies involvement in anti-U.S. base protester list

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