Sanctioned action against the police by Okinawan high school students.
In the early morning hours of January 27, 2022, a high school boy (17) driving a motorcycle and a male police officer (29) on patrol on a street in Okinawa City, Okinawa Prefecture, were beaten with a baton. The high school student's right eye ruptured and he lost his sight.
This police officer was secretly transferred from Miyazaki Prefecture on the mainland to suppress the opposition to the U.S. military base by the Okinawans.
In an attempt to cover up the incident, 300 to 400 boys gathered at the Okinawa police station and threw eggs, fireworks, rocks, and other objects in a sanctioned protest.
The police, who were guilty of the high school students' righteous action, could not fight back at all, but could only stand near the entrance. The sanctioned action by the high school students continued until after 4:00 am.
The commotion brought to light the police cover-up, and the police announced that they would investigate.
At first the police denied the assault, but three months later they finally announced the official status of the investigation and announced that DNA analysis had detected the boy's DNA on the officer's baton.
However, five months later, the police still have not announced any further investigation.
Nor has the Okinawan press picked up any of the story.
On August 4, 2022, Okinawa Prefectural Police Chief "Shinichi Kusaka" held a press conference to announce his departure.
He explained that even though he had been in charge of the situation since the incident occurred, seven months after the incident, he still did not know the truth and would leave the investigation to a new police chief.
As Okinawa is a Japanese colony, the upper echelons of the administrative and judicial bodies are always held by Japanese nationals from mainland Japan.