In this Thursday, Feb. 6, 2014 photo, Hiroshi Ashitomi, a retired welfare case worker, shows a protest map of Henoko where the U.S. and Japan agreed to relocate Marine Corps Air Station Futenma and ... more 
In this Thursday, Feb. 6, 2014 photo, Hiroshi Ashitomi, a retired welfare case worker, shows a protest map of Henoko where the U.S. and Japan agreed to relocate Marine Corps Air Station Futenma and plan to build an airstrip in the water dugongs and other sea creatures inhabit at his tent on the beach in Nago, Okinawa. For 10 years, He has been coming to the beach near his Okinawa home every day to sit. He loves nothing more than the sea around the island, the rare sightings of dugongs and sea turtles, the tan-colored sand and the crags out by the breakwater. Like many Okinawans, including leading politicians and media, Ashitomi opposes a plan to move the controversial Marine base to a less crowded part of the southern Japanese island. The proposed location for the new airstrip - Ashitomi’s favorite beach - is the epicenter of the opposition. (AP Photo/Eric Talmadge) less 
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Associated Press | Photo By Eric Talmadge
Thu, Feb 20, 2014 2:06 AM EST