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Governor Onaga heads to Washington to seek cancellation of new base

Governor Onaga heads to Washington to seek cancellation of new base

May 25, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo By Hideki Matsudo

The Okinawa Governor Takeshi Onaga will visit the United States from May 27 to June 5 to block a new U.S. military base from being built in Henoko, Nago. In Washington D.C., he will meet U.S. officials. The Governor will request that the U.S. government, which has left Okinawa with the excessive burden of hosting the bulk of Japan’s U.S. bases for 70 years after the war and is potentially introducing an additional burden to the island, to give...

 

Henoko Fund formally launched in Naha with 185 million yen

Henoko Fund formally launched in Naha with 185 million yen

May 14, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo

The Henoko Fund aimed at supporting activities to prevent the relocation of U.S. Marine Corp Air Station Futenma to Henoko, a coastal community in the city of Nago in northern Okinawa Prefecture, was formally launched in Naha on May 13. Over 185 million yen had already...

Nago City Assembly to ask US to examine construction of new base

May 14, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo

On the morning of May 14, Nago City Assembly held an extraordinary session. Members unanimously resolved to ask Congress to examine the plan to relocate U.S. Marine Corps Air Station Futenma to Henoko, Nago. They want U.S. lawmakers to understand that the Okinawan...

Ministry of Defense to deploy JGSDF’s missile companies to Ishigaki-jima Island

May 13, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo

The Ministry of Defense is considering deploying the Japan Ground Self-Defense Force (GSDF)’s missile companies to Ishigaki-jima Island. This was revealed to the Ryukyu Shimpo by anonymous sources on May 11 .

Parliamentary Vice-Minister of Defense Akira...

Ministry of Defense to deploy JGSDF’s forces to Miyako-jima Island

Ministry of Defense to deploy JGSDF's forces to Miyako-jima Island

May 12, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo

Parliamentary Senior Vice-Minister of Defense Akira Sato has asked Miyakojima City Mayor Toshihiko Shimoji to host the Japan Ground Self-Defense Force (JGSDF)’s troops (about 700-800 personnel), including surface-to-air missile, surface-to-ship missile and security...

Internationally acclaimed anime director Hayao Miyazaki to be co-representative of Henoko Fund

Internationally acclaimed anime director Hayao Miyazaki to be co-representative of Henoko Fund

May 8, 2015 Kazuya Arakaki and Aiya Hokama of Ryukyu Shimpo

On May 7, it was revealed that film director Hayao Miyazaki intends to become a co-representative of the “Henko Fund,” which was established with the aim of preventing the relocation of U.S. Marine Corp Air Station Futenma to...

Okinawa Governor to visit US to voice opposition to Henoko relocation plan

Okinawa Governor to visit US to voice opposition to Henoko relocation plan

May 12, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo

On May 11, the Okinawa Prefectural Government (OPG) announced that Okinawa Governor Takeshi Onaga will visit the United States from May 27 to June 5. Onaga plans to stay in Washington D.C. from May 31 to June 4. He intends to convey to U.S. government officials, lawmakers,...

Law experts: It’s possible to cancel approval of new U.S military base construction

Law experts: It’s possible to cancel approval of new U.S military base construction

May 1, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo

The Review Committee which is investigating the possibility of cancelling the approval for the construction of a new U.S. Military Base consists of lawyers and administrative law experts in Okinawa. On May 1, the committee members visited the Okinawa Prefectural Government...

Okinawa Governor urges Defense Minister to respect right to self-determination regarding new US base

Okinawa Governor urges Defense Minister to respect right to self-determination regarding new US base

May 10, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo

Okinawa Governor Takeshi Onaga and Defense Minister Gen Nakatani had their first meeting on May 9 at the prefectural government office in Naha. Onaga asked Nakatani to cancel the plan to relocate U.S. Marine Corp Air Station Futenma to Henoko, Nago. The governor...

Polls show growing nationwide opposition to Henoko relocation

Polls show growing nationwide opposition to Henoko relocation

May 4, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo
Opinion polls recently conducted by national newspapers in Japan have shown that a growing segment of the population in mainland Japan is critical of the government’s attitude toward the planned relocation of the U.S. Marine Corps Air Station Futenma to the Henoko...

Okinawa Governor conveys his intention of investigating Henoko to central government

Okinawa Governor conveys his intention of investigating Henoko to central government

April 30, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo

Okinawa Prefectural Government (OPG) will carry out a survey in the sea off Henoko between May 11 and 25, to investigate how corals have been damaged by concrete blocks installed by the Okinawa Defense Bureau. Currently, the Ministry of Defense is conducting preparation...

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