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U.S. military refurbishment of Iejima Auxiliary Airfield may increase aircraft training drills

U.S. military refurbishment of Iejima Auxiliary Airfield may increase aircraft training drills

May 14, 2020 Ryukyu Shimpo

By Akira Manato

 

It came to light on May 13 that the U.S. Marine Corps has started refurbishment work on a runway and airstrips on Iejima Auxiliary Airfield in Ie Village, Okinawa. Construction is scheduled for completion by late June. On a website the Marine Corps uses to disseminate information, the purpose of these furbishments is described as being to maximize the island’s operational capabilities, indicating a policy of strengthening...

 

Governor’s reversion anniversary resolve: “Address poverty and base burden”

May 15, 2020 Ryukyu Shimpo

 

On May 14, a day before the 48th anniversary of Okinawa’s reversion to Japan, Governor Denny Tamaki issued a statement in which he pledged to: “Continue addressing the challenges facing Okinawa, such as economic disparity with the rest of Japan,...

Ninth Circuit deems DOD judgment “reasonable” in possible final ruling of “dugong case”

Ninth Circuit deems DOD judgment “reasonable” in possible final ruling of “dugong case”

May 9, 2020 Ryukyu Shimpo

On May 6, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit in San Francisco ruled against the Japanese and American environmental groups that brought a “dugong suit” against the U.S. Department of Defense (DOD) in an effort to stop the construction of a new military...

On 68th anniversary of San Francisco Treaty, Governor Denny Tamaki calls for dialogue between Japan and U.S., reduction of base burden

On 68th anniversary of San Francisco Treaty, Governor Denny Tamaki calls for dialogue between Japan and U.S., reduction of base burden

April 28, 2020 Ryukyu Shimpo

At a regular press conference on April 24, Okinawa Governor Denny Tamaki, in advance of the 68th anniversary of the signing of the San Francisco Peace Treaty on April 28, 1952, stated, regarding his hope to see the overwhelming burden of bases on Okinawa reduced,...

Organic fluorine compound contamination detected at six times index value in Uchidomari River

Organic fluorine compound contamination detected at six times index value in Uchidomari River

April 24, 2020 Ryukyu Shimpo

By Takaya Kinra

On April 10, in relation to the incident of organic fluorine compounds (PFAS) such as PFOS, which are suspected to be carcinogenic, being discharged from Futenma Air Station, the Ryukyu Shimpo requested that Associate Professor Koji Harada...

Chemical leak from U.S. base “exacerbates distrust,” prefecture issues letter

Chemical leak from U.S. base “exacerbates distrust,” prefecture issues letter

April 16, 2020 Ryukyu Shimpo

On April 16, Satoru Nakasone, chairman of the Special Committee on Affairs of U.S. Military Bases, presented a letter of protest at the prefectural assembly. The letter was written in response to the accident in which a firefighting foam containing the harmful...

Futenma base will close, but military flights and local complaints persist

April 13, 2020 Ryukyu Shimpo

Ginowan City, Okinawa—It was agreed 24 years ago that the U.S. Marine Corps base in Futenma would be closed and the site would be returned to Okinawa. In the meantime, the base burden on Ginowan residents has not lessened. The number of military aircraft flights,...

Shuri Castle main hall to be restored by 2026, according to schedule decided on at ministerial meeting

Shuri Castle main hall to be restored by 2026, according to schedule decided on at ministerial meeting

March 27, 2020 Ryukyu Shimpo

On the morning of March 27, the government held a meeting of relevant ministers, headed by Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga, to discuss the restoration of Shuri Castle at the Prime Minister’s official residence. The members of the meeting drew up a schedule...

Okinawan economic organizations come together to call for aid for business owners from Governor Tamaki amid coronavirus pandemic

Okinawan economic organizations come together to call for aid for business owners from Governor Tamaki amid coronavirus pandemic

March 31, 2020 Ryukyu Shimpo

Representatives from 12 economic organizations in Okinawa gathered at the Okinawa Harbor View Hotel in Naha March 31 for a Committee of Okinawan Economic Organizations meeting (Denichiro Ishimine, chair), where they asked Governor Denny Tamaki to enact emergency...

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...

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...