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Former members of referendum association meet, plan to ask prefectural government to re-revoke land reclamation permit

Former members of referendum association meet, plan to ask prefectural government to re-revoke land reclamation permit

March 22, 2020 Ryukyu Shimpo

On March 21, former members of the “Henoko” Prefectural Referendum Association, who directly petitioned for the holding of the prefectural referendum in February 2019 on whether residents supported or opposed the land reclamation in Henoko, Nago as part of the relocation of U.S. Marine Corps Air Station Futenma, held a meeting in Naha to discuss their plans going forward.

At the meeting, the members decided to petition the prefectural government...

 

Patrol unit formed after 2016 military incident “doesn’t target specific entity,” government says

Patrol unit formed after 2016 military incident “doesn’t target specific entity,” government says

March 14, 2020 Ryukyu Shimpo

The Japanese government formed the “Okinawa Regional Safety Patrol”, also known as “ao-pato” (literally: blue patrol), in response to the 2016 incident in which a U.S. military-civilian (a Marine Corps veteran) killed an Okinawan woman.

The aim of...

Okinawa to raise Employment Adjustment Subsidy as an emergency measure to aid businesses affected by the coronavirus

Okinawa to raise Employment Adjustment Subsidy as an emergency measure to aid businesses affected by the coronavirus

March 9, 2020 Ryukyu Shimpo Digital Edition

Okinawa Governor Denny Tamaki announced emergency measures to support business owners suffering from the effects COVID-19 such as the sharp decrease in sales March 9 at an emergency press conference.

Governor Tamaki indicated, “The complex...

Chatan town to buy returned U.S. military base land contaminated with dioxins from landowner

Chatan town to buy returned U.S. military base land contaminated with dioxins from landowner

March 2, 2020 Ryukyu Shimpo
By Manato Akira, Wakana Arakaki, and Mikako Shimoji

Waste containing high concentrations of dioxins was found at a returned U.S. military base site in Kamiseido, Chatan Town in Okinawa Prefecture, which had been designated for the construction of a residence....

Defense Bureau says Henoko landfill will proceed amid coronavirus precautions

Defense Bureau says Henoko landfill will proceed amid coronavirus precautions

March 3, 2020 Ryukyu Shimpo

The Okinawa Defense Bureau stated on March 2 that the land reclamation work to add a new U.S. military base in Henoko, Nago City, will not be suspended as part of the ongoing efforts to control the spread of the new coronavirus strain, COVID-19.

The bureau...

Dugong survey fails to confirm that dugong still inhabit ocean around Okinawa Island

Dugong survey fails to confirm that dugong still inhabit ocean around Okinawa Island

February 18, 2020 Ryukyu Shimpo

The Okinawa Defense Bureau has not been able to confirm that the ocean around Okinawa Island is inhabited by dugong through its dugong surveys being conducted in association with construction the Futenma Replacement Facility.

In November of last year,...

Embankment to be built for new Henoko base could collapse, weak ground fails to meet national port facility standards

Embankment to be built for new Henoko base could collapse, weak ground fails to meet national port facility standards

February 17, 2020 Ryukyu Shimpo

Regarding the issue that data existed indicating the presence of “weak” ground deeper than 70 meters below the sea surface at the location of the new base construction in Henoko, Nago, Niigata University emeritus professor of geology Masaaki Tateishi and...

U.S. admits to F/A-18 part falling, location unknown. Gov. Tamaki: “It’s outrageous”

U.S. admits to F/A-18 part falling, location unknown. Gov. Tamaki: “It’s outrageous”

February 14, 2020 Ryukyu Shimpo

A U.S. Navy F/A-18 fighter-attack aircraft (based in Marine Corps Air Station Iwakuni) lost its fuel door (panel covering the fuel tank) during an exercise conducted on Kadena Air Base.

On February 13, the U.S. Naval Forces Japan effectively admitted...

JSDF amphibious brigade joint exercise with US invites further integration

JSDF amphibious brigade joint exercise with US invites further integration

February 2, 2020 Ryukyu Shimpo

The Japan Ground Self Defense Force’s Amphibious Rapid Deployment Brigade conducted a joint exercise together with the U.S. military at Kin Blue Beach Training Area in Kin, Okinawa, on February 9, which was open to the news media. It is the first time for the...

Okinawa and Japan to coordinate use of Shuri Castle reconstruction donation funds

Okinawa and Japan to coordinate use of Shuri Castle reconstruction donation funds

February 6, 2020 Ryukyu Shimpo

On February 6, Okinawa Governor Denny Tamaki and Naha City Mayor Mikiko Shiroma held an interview at the Prefectural Office and confirmed that the Okinawa prefectural government will coordinate with the central government toward allocating donations for the reconstruction...

2019 “Sympathy Budget” is 197.4 billion yen, 7 trillion yen cumulative cost to Japan since 1978

2019 “Sympathy Budget” is 197.4 billion yen, 7 trillion yen cumulative cost to Japan since 1978

January 18, 2020 Ryukyu Shimpo

It has now been 60 years since 1960, when the U.S.-Japan Security Treaty was revised. For 60 years Okinawa has been left to suffer damage from military bases in the name of the security guarantee.

Outside of Okinawa there has been a reduction in U.S. military...