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US Military and JSDF to permanently use Okidaito Island for military operations

October 7, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo

The U.S. and Japanese government agreed upon sharing with the U.S. military the water and air area around Okidaito Island of Kitadaito Village, which currently hosts a U.S. military shooting range, at the joint U.S.-Japan commission on October 6. The area will be used by both the U.S. military and Japan Self-Defense Force (JSDF).

According to the Ministry of Defense, JSDF will carry out training for anti-surface naval gunfire on escort warships, as...

 

Unexploded ordnance disposal in Naha City forces 1,700 people to evacuate

Unexploded ordnance disposal in Naha City forces 1,700 people to evacuate

October 5, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo

Around 10 a.m. on October 4, at a construction site for an accommodation facility in Yogi, Naha, Ground Self-Defense Force personnel disposed of an unexploded WWII five-inch shell (44 centimeters long and 12.7 centimeters in diameter). The unexploded ordnance was...

181 environmental groups support governor Onaga’s revocation of Henoko approval

October 8, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo

One hundred eighty-one environmental organizations, including international environmental NGO FoE Japan, released a joint statement supporting Okinawa Governor Takeshi Onaga. Onaga revoked the approval to reclaim land for the relocation of the U.S. Marine Corps’...

Both Governors swear new era of exchange on 30th anniversary of Hawaii-Okinawa Sister-State Relationship

Both Governors swear new era of exchange on 30th anniversary of Hawaii-Okinawa Sister-State Relationship

October 10, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo

The 30th anniversary ceremony of a sister-state affiliation between Okinawa and Hawaii was held on the evening of October 9 at the Loisir Hotel & Spa Tower Naha in Naha.

Okinawa Governor Takeshi Onaga and Hawaii Governor David Ige expressed gratitude...

Sit-in protesters explode in celebration of Gov.Onaga’s revocation of approval of landfill for new US base

Sit-in protesters explode in celebration of Gov.Onaga's revocation of approval of landfill for new US base

October 13, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo

On the morning of October 13, Governor Takeshi Onaga revoked his predecessor’s approval of landfill for a new U.S. base in Henoko, Nago.

Sit-in protestors in front of Camp Schwab U.S. Marine Base at Henoko rejoiced at the governor’s announcement.

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[Extra] Okinawa Governor revokes approval of landfill in bid to block new US base construction


October 13, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo

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Gov. Onaga revokes former governor’s approval of landfill in Henoko

Gov. Onaga revokes former governor's approval of landfill in Henoko

October 13, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo

In the morning of October 13, Okinawa Governor Takeshi Onaga revoked his predecessor’s approval of landfill in Henoko, Nago. In Henoko, the governments of Japan and the United States are advancing their plan to build a base to replace U.S. Marine Corps Air Station...

University presidents in Okinawa ask for halt on US military flights

University presidents in Okinawa ask for halt on US military flights

October 5, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo

Ten presidents of universities, colleges and a technical junior college in Okinawa sent a joint letter to the Prime Minister and Foreign Minister at the end of September, asking for halt of the flight of U.S. military aircraft over the campuses.

They will...

Okinawans across the nation unite to block new US base, supporting Gov. Onaga

Okinawans across the nation unite to block new US base, supporting Gov. Onaga

October 4, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo

The 13th national Okinawa Kenjinkai exchange meeting was held on October 3 in Tokyo. About 230 representatives from 18 organizations and Okinawa Governor Takeshi Onaga attended the meeting.

The meeting is held by the Tokyo Okinawa Kenjinkai every two years,...

US and Japan sign environmental agreement, but no obligations placed on US

September 30, 2015 Sakae Toiyama of Ryukyu Shimpo reports from Washington D.C.

On the afternoon of September 28, the governments of the United States and Japan concluded a supplementary environmental agreement regarding the performance of on-site surveys within US military base compounds. Japanese...

Henoko not referred to as “the only” option for MCAS Futenma relocation in final NDAA bill

October 1, 2015 Sakae Toiyama of Ryukyu Shimpo reports from Washington D.C.

On September 29, the US Congress Joint Committee on Armed Services presented the final version of the National Defense Authority Act (NDAA) for Fiscal Year 2016 (October 2015-September 2016). The previous House of Representatives...

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