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Over 30,000 signatures calling for Japanese Government to halt plans to use soil from Southern Okinawa Island, Gamafuya representative Gushiken also calls for DNA testing on remains

Over 30,000 signatures calling for Japanese Government to halt plans to use soil from Southern Okinawa Island, Gamafuya representative Gushiken also calls for DNA testing on remains

September 15, 2021 Ryukyu Shimpo

 

Tokyo – On September 14, Takamatsu Gushiken participated in negotiations held at the National Diet with representatives of the Ministry of Defense and the Ministry of Health, Labour, and Welfare, and called for a halt of plans to use soil from the southern part of the main island of Okinawa, which was a battleground in the Battle of Okinawa, in the relocation of MCAS Futenma to Henoko in Nago. Gushiken participated as a representative of...

 

Okinawa government requests U.S. aircraft noise abatement measures for another year in a row

Okinawa government requests U.S. aircraft noise abatement measures for another year in a row

September 9, 2021 Ryukyu Shimpo

On September 7 the Okinawa Prefectural Government (OPG) requested aircraft noise abatement in the areas surrounding Kadena Air Base and Futenma Air Station. The OPG lodged this request with five people in Japan and the United States, including people involved...

Chair of expert committee notes short supply of hospital beds in determining that “Okinawa is having the toughest time” with COVID-19 in Japan

Chair of expert committee notes short supply of hospital beds in determining that “Okinawa is having the toughest time” with COVID-19 in Japan

August 26, 2021 Ryukyu Shimpo

 

Tokyo – Takaji Wakita, the chairman of an advisory board of experts assembled to advise the Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare (MHLW) on policies to combat the COVID-19 pandemic, indicated on August 25 that Okinawa’s strained healthcare system...

Futenma Begins Disposing of PFAS-Polluted Water in Sewage System Disposal is “Safe and Clean”, Says U.S. Military

Futenma Begins Disposing of PFAS-Polluted Water in Sewage System  Disposal is “Safe and Clean”, Says U.S. Military

August 26, 2021 Ryukyu Shimpo

 

On the morning of August 26, the U.S. Marines in Okinawa announced that they have begun disposing of polluted water containing organofluorine compounds (PFAS) in the public sewage system after the water has been treated. They had been storing the...

Fallen component from Osprey aircraft exceeds one meter in size, according to U.S. military

Fallen component from Osprey aircraft exceeds one meter in size, according to U.S. military

August 20, 2021 Ryukyu Shimpo

 

Concerning an incident on August 12 in which components of a U.S. Marine Corps MV-22 Osprey transport aircraft fell therefrom, the Okinawa Defense Bureau (ODB) on August 19 clarified that one of the components in question was a panel exceeding one...

National government starts coral transplantation, ignores authorization conditions from OPG

National government starts coral transplantation, ignores authorization conditions from OPG

July 30, 2021 Ryukyu Shimpo

 

On July 29 the Okinawa Defense Bureau (ODB) started work on transplanting approximately 40,000 coral colonies consisting of various varieties of coral as part of Futenma Replacement Facility (FRF) construction in Henoko, Nago City after receiving authorization...

After Okinawa and Amami made the World Natural Heritage List, Governor Tamaki affirms they need to “Make it last 1,000 years”

After Okinawa and Amami made the World Natural Heritage List, Governor Tamaki affirms they need to “Make it last 1,000 years”

July 27, 2021 Ryukyu Shimpo

 

The Okinawa Prefectural Office held a “World Natural Heritage List Recognition Watch Party” on July 26, to watch the moment when Okinawa and Amami would be officially recognized as a World Natural Heritage site, with Governor Tamaki among others...

Okinawa prefectural assembly passes protest resolution after US Army PFOS outflow accident

Okinawa prefectural assembly passes protest resolution after US Army PFOS outflow accident

July 13, 2021 Ryukyu Shimpo

 

The final regular meeting of the June session of the Okinawa prefectural assembly was held on July 12. In June there was an outflow accident on the U.S. Army Oil Storage Facility in Uruma City involving contaminated water containing organic fluorine...

OPG loses Henoko coral lawsuit with two of five judges holding a dissenting opinion

OPG loses Henoko coral lawsuit with two of five judges holding a dissenting opinion

July 7, 2021 Ryukyu Shimpo

On July 6 the Third Petty Bench of the Supreme Court (Presiding Judge Michiharu Hayashi) dismissed the final appeal of the Henoko coral lawsuit filed by the Okinawa Prefectural Government (OPG). The lawsuit was in response to the Minister of Agriculture, Forestry...

Okinawa Prefectural Assembly lodges protest against Japanese and U.S. governments after U.S. military helicopter makes emergency landing, calls for “a stop to flights over private property”

Okinawa Prefectural Assembly lodges protest against Japanese and U.S. governments after U.S. military helicopter makes emergency landing, calls for “a stop to flights over private property”

June 28, 2021 Ryukyu Shimpo

 

The Okinawa Prefectural Assembly (Noboru Akamine, speaker) unanimously passed a resolution and opinion statement June 28 at their regular session in protest after a U.S. military helicopter made an emergency landing on Tsuken Island in Uruma on June...

Lawmakers across Japan oppose government use of soil containing human remains

June 24, 2021 Ryukyu Shimpo

 

Tokyo—On June 23, Okinawa Memorial Day, local assembly members across Japan submitted a request to the government to refrain from using collected soil that was recently found to be containing human remains from the Battle of Okinawa. The request was...