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U.S. military disposes of 2017 helicopter fire incident soil without notifying Japanese authorities

U.S. military disposes of 2017 helicopter fire incident soil without notifying Japanese authorities

August 14, 2019 Ryukyu Shimpo

In regard to a 2017 incident in which a U.S. military helicopter made an emergency landing and burst into flames in Takae, Higashi Village, the U.S. military removed and hauled a portion of soil from the incident site to Camp Kinser in Urasoe City, and on August 13 this year it came to light that this soil has already been disposed of outside of Okinawa.

A spokesperson for the U.S. Forces, Japan (USFJ) told the Ryukyu Shimpo in an interview that the...

 

MCAS Futenma 2018 air traffic survey results show that established flight path deviations are becoming the norm

MCAS Futenma 2018 air traffic survey results show that established flight path deviations are becoming the norm

August 10, 2019 Ryukyu Shimpo

(Chubu) The Okinawa Defense Bureau (ODB) began their 2018 inspection of a survey that tracks the flightpaths of U.S. military aircraft in the area around MCAS Futenma on August 9, run out of the ODB offices in Kadena.

After the U.S. military helicopter crash...

OPG starts new lawsuit, Okinawa Governor Tamaki stands up for Okinawans’ opposition to FRF

OPG starts new lawsuit, Okinawa Governor Tamaki stands up for Okinawans’ opposition to FRF

August 7, 2019 Ryukyu Shimpo

In the afternoon on August 7, Okinawa Governor Denny Tamaki held a press conference at the Prefectural Office concerning the new lawsuit that the Okinawa Prefectural Government (OPG) is bringing against the Japanese government over construction of the Futenma Replacement...

The External Affairs Governor Committee demands clarification in SOFA for application of Japanese laws to U.S. forces in document delivered to Japan and the U.S. Embassy

The External Affairs Governor Committee demands clarification in SOFA for application of Japanese laws to U.S. forces in document delivered to Japan and the U.S. Embassy

August 1, 2019 Ryukyu Shimpo

The “Coordination Committee for Principal Governors Engaged in External Affairs” (also called the External Affairs Governor Committee, Kanagawa Governor Yuuji Kuroiwa, chairman), which is comprised of the governors from the 15 prefectures that host U.S. military...

Tetsumi Takara expresses determination to block FRF construction on his first day in the Diet

Tetsumi Takara expresses determination to block FRF construction on his first day in the Diet

August 1, 2019 Ryukyu Shimpo online edition

Tetsumi Takara, who was elected in the Okinawa at-large district in the House of Councillors election, attended his first National Diet session in Tokyo on August 1.

Takara once more expressed his determination to block construction of the...

National Governors’ Association reaffirms intention to pursue revision of U.S.-Japan SOFA

National Governors’ Association reaffirms intention to pursue revision of U.S.-Japan SOFA

July 25, 2019 Ryukyu Shimpo

Last year, the Japan National Governors’ Association (chaired by Kiyoshi Ueda, governor of Saitama Prefecture) adopted a proposal requesting that the State drastically revise the U.S.-Japan Status of Forces Agreement (SOFA). This year the conference was held...

In ten years, seven former defense ministry personnel re-hired at companies contracted for Henoko-related work

In ten years, seven former defense ministry personnel re-hired at companies contracted for Henoko-related work

July 17, 2019 Ryukyu Shimpo

(Tokyo) It recently came to light that during the ten years leading up to the end of fiscal 2018, seven Ministry of Defense (MOD) personnel, upon retiring from the MOD, landed high-ranking jobs at three construction consulting firms that were involved in putting...

Base-Opposing Takara wins House of Councillors Election, bolstering the momentum of Okinawa’s anti-base contingent

Base-Opposing Takara wins House of Councillors Election, bolstering the momentum of Okinawa’s anti-base contingent

January 22, 2019 Ryukyu Shimpo Digital Edition

Voting for the 25th House of Councillors election, which coincides with a term limit in Okinawa, concluded voting at 8:00 p.m. on July 21.

The election in Okinawa saw four candidates competing for a single seat, and taking into account early...

Governor Tamaki holds a press conference discussing new Henoko lawsuit, hoping for “A ruling that will shine a light on the concept of regional autonomy”

Governor Tamaki holds a press conference discussing new Henoko lawsuit, hoping for “A ruling that will shine a light on the concept of regional autonomy”

July 17, 2019 Ryukyu Shimpo

Okinawa Governor Denny Tamaki held a press conference July 17 at the Okinawa Prefectural Office, where he discussed a lawsuit filed against the Japanese government in an attempt to overturn a decision made by the Minister of Land, Infrastructure and Transportation...

Japanese government abandons plan to survey PFOS contamination on Kadena Air Base after being denied entrance over two consecutive years

Japanese government abandons plan to survey PFOS contamination on Kadena Air Base after being denied entrance over two consecutive years

July 11, 2019 Ryukyu Shimpo
By Manato Akira

The Okinawa Defense Bureau (ODB) made requests to enter Kadena Air Base to conduct surveys in 2017 and 2018 after high concentrations of contaminants such as the organic fluorine compound PFOS were detected in rivers and springs around U.S....

SDF strengthening in southwest Japan includes plan for military clash, not residents’ evacuation

SDF strengthening in southwest Japan includes plan for military clash, not residents’ evacuation

June 23, 2019 Ryukyu Shimpo

While the Ministry of Defense (MOD) strengthens defense capabilities in southwest Japan, the Japan Ground Self-Defense Forces (GSDF) is conducting island recovery drills in case of invasion. Defense facilities near the national border are equipped with radar and...