"...activists and fishermen will Tuesday mark a full year of a dawn-to-dusk sit-in on the beach and in offshore rigs in this village on the southern Japanese island of Okinawa.
Greenpeace is supporting the protest to protect these clear, emerald green waters on the Pacific coastline, which is a crucial feeding ground for the dugong, an endangered sea mammal also known as a sea cow.
"We will block the construction whatever it takes. We will never let them build a base here," Toyama says, gazing warily at the four steel-pipe rigs which were set up to probe the seabed.
"People on the rigs are nearing their limit of fatigue. Its going to be a showdown in the next three months," says Toyama, who anticipates that Japanese authorities will soon try to evict the demonstrators.
The US Marines plan to construct a 2.5-kilometer (1.5 mile) long air base on reclaimed land off the fishing village -- ironically, in a bid to please Okinawans who want the troops relocated from the crowded city of Ginowan."