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23 servicemen desert from U.S.military bases in Japan: one still at large among four deserters from bases in Okinawa

October 8, 2014 Ryukyu Shimpo

An inquiry has revealed that from July 2011 to August 2014, 23 servicemen deserted from U.S.military bases in Japan nationwide. Among them, four deserted from the bases in Okinawa. One of the four deserters from the bases in Okinawa gave themselves up to the military and two were arrested, while one is still at large. Kantoku Teruya, a member of the House of Representatives, received an answer from the National Police Agency to his inquiry regarding deserters...

 

Okinawa reversion’s key negotiator meets Nago Mayor in Okinawa

Okinawa reversion’s key negotiator meets Nago Mayor in Okinawa

September 18, 2014 Ryukyu Shimpo

On September 17, Morton Halperin, who was the chief US negotiator during the negotiations for Okinawa’s reversion to Japan in the early 1970s, had a meeting with Nago mayor Susumu Inamine at the Ryukyu Shimpo Izumisaki Building in Naha. Halperin shared his...

Japan Coast Guard responds with violence to residents opposing the construction of new US air base in Henoko

Japan Coast Guard responds with violence to residents opposing the construction of new US air base in Henoko

September 11, 2014 Ryukyu Shimpo

Coast guard officers are employing violence against residents amid increasingly heated protest against work to relocate US Marine Corps Air Station Futenma to an offshore site in Henoko, Nago. On September 9, at the construction site, members of the coast guard...

Political journalistTakano: “The presence of U.S. Marines on Okinawa is unnecessary”

Political journalistTakano:

September 14, 2014 Ryukyu Shimpo

On September 12, the Ryukyu Okinawa Center of the East Asian Community Research Institute held a lecture meeting in Naha City. Journalist Hajime Takano stressed in his lecture that “stationing US Marine Corps in Okinawa is unnecessary.” Director of the...

GOJ applies to change Henoko construction: OPG to approve next month

GOJ applies to change Henoko construction: OPG to approve next month

September 4, 2014 Ryukyu Shimpo

On September 3, the Okinawa Defense Bureau filed an application to the Hokubu Regional Public Works Office requesting approval for modifying part of the construction methods for reclaiming the sea at Henoko, Nago for the relocation of the U.S. military’s...

Joseph Nye: “the fixed bases on Okinawa become increasingly vulnerable”

Joseph Nye:

September 1, 2014 Ryota Shimabukuro of Ryukyu Shimpo reports from Washington D.C.

Former US Assistant Secretary of Defense Joseph Nye suggested in his article posted to the Huffington Post on August 7 that “many Japanese still resent the lack of symmetry in the alliance obligations. Others...

10,000 people’s rally protesting Henoko landfill to be held mid-October in Nago

September 1, 2014 Ryukyu Shimpo

The Okinawan Peoples’ Action Committee will hold a rally to protest the building of a US air base for replacement of the Futenma base. The event will take place at 2 p.m. on September 20 at the beach near Henoko Fishery Port. The organizer wants more than...

Okinawa Prefectural Assembly passes a resolution of protest against the U.S. military base relocation in Henoko

Okinawa Prefectural Assembly passes a resolution of protest against the U.S. military base relocation in Henoko

September 3, 2014 Ryukyu Shimpo

On September 3, the Okinawa prefectural assembly held a special meeting and passed a resolution of protest against the seabed drilling survey being carried out for construction of a new base, which is part of a relocation of the U.S. Marine Corps Futenma Air...

Nago City Council Election: Candidates opposed to the building of a US base in Henoko win a majority

Nago City Council Election: Candidates opposed to the building of a US base in Henoko win a majority

September 8, 2014 Ryukyu Shimpo

On September 7, the outcome of Nago City Council Election was released. The election drew national attention with candidates focusing on the for and against arguments of building a new base in Henoko to replace US Marine Corps Air Station Futenma. Ruling party...

Okinawan lawmaker Itokazu appeals to UN to end Henoko base construction

Okinawan lawmaker Itokazu appeals to UN to end Henoko base construction

August 21, 2014 Ryukyu Shimpo

On August 20, Keiko Itokazu, a member of the Upper House and leader of the Okinawa Social Mass Party, took part in a UN Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination held at Geneva in Switzerland. She called for the immediate cessation of the construction...

Naha City Assembly asks the U.S. and Japanese governments to stop the construction of a new base in Henoko immediately

Naha City Assembly asks the U.S. and Japanese governments to stop the construction of a new base in Henoko immediately

August 22, 2014 Ryukyu Shimpo

The U.S. and Japanese governments are building a new base in the Henoko district of Nago for replacement of U.S. Marine Corps Futenma Air Station. A majority of the Naha City Assembly members resolved to ask the governments to stop the construction immediately...

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