The U.S. Army plans to move poison gas shells tomorrow (Web. 13th Jan) from a?
The U.S. Army plans to move poison gas shells tomorrow (Web. 13th Jan) from a dump in Okinawa to a waiting transport vessel. But villagers on the route of the convoy are refusing to accept American assurances that they will be safe.
The army convoy is scheduled to pass through the village of Misato whose 8,000 people are sceptical about U.S. assurances that there is no danger. The gas must be taken seven miles (10km) to a pier at the coast where the U.S. transport ship Robinson is waiting to carry it to remote Johnson Island, 750 miles (1200km) south-west of Hawaii.
The Americans have promised to remove some 13,000 tons of mustard and nerve gas weapons before returning Okinawa and other islands of the Ryukyu group to Japanese sovereignty next year.
A small road by-passes the village of Misato but it is in too bad a condition for the convoy to use and repairs would take months. So the convoy will go through Misato - and most of the villagers are expected to ignore the safety guarantees and take part in a mass exodus before the gas trucks roll past.