The Targeted Island: A Shield Against Storms

Zakka Films Presents

The Targeted Island: A Shield Against Storms


This title is available at Vimeo-on-Demand for private home use only.

Educational streaming licenses are available at Alexander Street


In Henoko, the construction of the U.S. Marine Corps base continues despite the objections of 80% of Okinawans. In Takae, the Government deployed over 1,000 riot police officers to facilitate the construction of MV-22 Osprey helipads. Protests continue despite the injuries and arrests of protesters. Simultaneously there are plans to build Self Defense Force missile sites and camps on Miyako and Ishigaki islands. But hosting a military facility also means that the islands risk being a military target. And as proven in the Battle of Okinawa over 70 years ago, the military force doesn’t prioritize civilians’ lives. The role of the protests is particularly urgent now as Japan has drastically changed its national security policy. The people in this film are at the frontline of a battle for peace as they safeguard democracy. Also woven into the film is the islands’ rich culture with its nature and history.

  • Language: Japanese
  • Subtitles: English
    Director: Chie Mikami
    Photography: Mamoru Hirata
    Editing: Atsushi Sunagawa
    Producer: Yoshiko Hashimoto, Shigeki Kinoshita
    Produced by: Documentary Japan, TOFOO FILMS, Chie Mikami
  • Copyright:TOFOO FILMS
  • Streaming: Global Issue Channel, Alexander Street