growth of popular discontent erupted in Okinawa following the
1995 rape incident, the U.S. military promised to return the
Futenma military base back to civilian control. Yet, this action
was made contingent on the development of a new military base
for U.S. use.
location for the new base was set for Henoko, another area on
the island of Okinawa. Since plans of the development have come
to light, resident activists have waged a long-term struggle
to oppose the development of the new base.