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Removal of nuclear weapons from Okinawa delayed its reversion to Japan

December 23, 2011 Ryukyu Shimpo

According to diplomatic documents declassified on December 22, 2011, the date of Okinawa’s reversion to Japanese sovereignty was set to match the completion of the removal of nuclear weapons stored in U.S. military bases in Okinawa.
While the Japanese side requested that Okinawa be returned to Japan on April 1, the United States rejected this timing, claiming that it was difficult to complete the removal of so-called special weapons (nuclear weapons)...

 

Ministry of Defense allocates one billion yen for the deployment of Self-Defense Forces to Yonaguni Island

December 25, 2011 Ryukyu Shimpo

The Ministry of Defense announced on December 24 that it has allocated around one billion yen from the annual budget for fiscal 2012 for site acquisition to deploy a coastal monitoring team of the Japan Ground Self-Defense Force on Yonaguni Island.
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“It was discrimination that Okinawan people struggled against”
Misato High School broadcasting club completes a documentary on the Koza Riot

“It was discrimination that Okinawan people struggled against”<br/>Misato High School broadcasting club completes a documentary on the Koza Riot

December 21, 2011 Ryukyu Shimpo
On December 19, Misato High School broadcasting club completed a documentary film entitled Koza ga moeta hi (The day Koza burned), which was produced to commemorate the 40th anniversary last year of the Koza Riot. Additional interviews and some revisions...

Naha Airport ranks 5th in the country in terms of annual passenger numbers

December 21, 2011 Ryukyu Shimpo

In the 2010 fiscal year the number of annual passengers on civilian aircraft using Naha Airport was calculated to be 14225909, putting it in the top five of the approximately 90 airports in the country. While the airport ranked seventh in the 2008 fiscal year,...

Japanese Ministry of Defense does not give reasoning behind the stationing the U.S. Marine Corps in Okinawa

Japanese Ministry of Defense does not give reasoning behind the stationing the U.S. Marine Corps in Okinawa

December 21, 2011 Ryukyu Shimpo

On December 20, the Ministry of Defense responded to questions posed by the Okinawa Prefectural Government (OPG) with regard to “The role and importance of the United States Forces in Japan including the Marines Corps.” The Defense Ministry booklet...

Korean junior golfers invited come to Okinawa

Korean junior golfers invited come to Okinawa

December 21, 2011 Ryukyu Shimpo

On December 15, a presentation on the Korea-Okinawa Friendship Junior Golf Camp in Okinawa, which was selected by the Okinawa-ken Government from among submissions from the public as a project for sport tourism, was held at a hotel in Seoul. It is hoped that...

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