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Prefectural assembly asks that soil containing war dead remains not be used in land reclamation

Prefectural assembly asks that soil containing war dead remains not be used in land reclamation

April 16, 2021 Ryukyu Shimpo

 

On April 15, the prefectural assembly (chaired by Noboru Akamine) opened an extraordinary meeting and unanimously passed a written opinion to request that soil, in which are mixed the remains of the war dead from the Battle of Okinawa, not be used in land reclamation work. The written opinion contains the request: “Do not use, for land reclamation, soil in which are mixed the remains of war dead from the tragic Battle of Okinawa.”

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Bankoku Shinryo Conference proposes bringing attention to reducing base burden on Okinawa

Bankoku Shinryo Conference proposes bringing attention to reducing base burden on Okinawa

March 31, 2021 Ryukyu Shimpo

 

On March 31 the Bankoku Shinryo Conference on U.S. Military Base Issues (Bankoku Shinryo, meaning: bridge between nations) delivered its proposal for reducing the base burden on Okinawa, which includes the compiled discussions of the Conference from...

Okinawa asks that companies “practice self-restraint” and refrain from parties for new and departing employees, and limit attendance and time for tomb-sweeping festivals

Okinawa asks that companies “practice self-restraint” and refrain from parties for new and departing employees, and limit attendance and time for tomb-sweeping festivals

March 30, 2020 Ryukyu Shimpo

 

Okinawa Prefecture announced a special emergency policy March 29 to help contain the spread of COVID-19, asking for strict observance of pandemic prevention measures for seasonal events starting in April such as the tomb-sweeping festival (shimi)...

Kadena Mayor requests base burden reduction following recent “intolerable” noise and odor from Kadena Air Base

Kadena Mayor requests base burden reduction following recent “intolerable” noise and odor from Kadena Air Base

March 18, 2021 Ryukyu Shimpo

 

Due to aircraft noise and a foul odor coming from Kadena Air Base and increasing in severity on and after March 15, Mayor Hiroshi Toyama of Kadena Town visited Director General Toshinori Tanaka of the Okinawa Defense Bureau at said Bureau on March...

JASDF has first PAC-3 missile system training at Kadena Air Base despite local opposition

JASDF has first PAC-3 missile system training at Kadena Air Base despite local opposition

March 10, 2021 Ryukyu Shimpo

On the morning of March 10, the Japan Air Self-Defense Force (JASDF) stationed at Naha Air Base in Okinawa conducted, at Kadena Air Base, its first mobilization/deployment training with the Patriot Advanced Capability (PAC-3) surface-to-air missile system. The training...

New bill looks to restrict land sales around military facilities in current Diet session, potentially including a wide residential area in Okinawa

New bill looks to restrict land sales around military facilities in current Diet session, potentially including a wide residential area in Okinawa

March 6, 2021 Ryukyu Shimpo

By Yukinao Chinen

 

Tokyo – The Japanese government is planning to enact a bill with the current Diet that would further restrict the sale of land around facilities that are important for security. They confirmed the outline for this bill on...

Prefectural Assembly passes resolution and opinion concerning indecent assault by U.S. soldier

Prefectural Assembly passes resolution and opinion concerning indecent assault by U.S. soldier

February 24, 2021 Ryukyu Shimpo

 

A member of the U.S. Marine Corps stationed at Camp Courtney was arrested on February 11 on suspicion of indecent assault. On February 24, in a plenary session, the Okinawa Prefectural Assembly unanimously passed a protest resolution and written...

Berkeley City Council passes resolution in support of halting Henoko base construction

Berkeley City Council passes resolution in support of halting Henoko base construction

February 26, 2021 Ryukyu Shimpo

 

On February 23, the city council of Berkeley, California, passed a resolution in solidarity with the people of Okinawa, opposing the construction of a new base in Henoko, Nago City–the planned relocation site for U.S. Marine Corps Futenma...

Governor Tamaki visits planned mining site in Komesu, Itoman amid concerns of human remains in soil to be used for Henoko reclamation

Governor Tamaki visits planned mining site in Komesu, Itoman amid concerns of human remains in soil to be used for Henoko reclamation

February 22, 2021 Ryukyu Shimpo

 

On February 21, Governor Denny Tamaki visited the planned mining site in Komesu, Itoman within the Okinawa Senseki (battle site) Quasi-National Park. Governor Tamaki himself told the Ryukyu Shimpo of this visit.

 

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Okinawa governor Denny Tamaki demands foreign minister secure the Senkaku Islands

February 21, 2021 Ryukyu Shimpo

 

Okinawa governor Denny Tamaki sent a written appeal to cabinet ministers such as Minister for Foreign Affairs Toshimitsu Motegi, asking that the Japanese government secure the Senkaku Islands and surrounding areas, and improve their relationship...

After U.S. military aircraft flies at low altitude “clearly outside of regulation” Okinawa Governor’s chief of staff lodges protest over phone

After U.S. military aircraft flies at low altitude “clearly outside of regulation” Okinawa Governor’s chief of staff lodges protest over phone

February 4, 2021 Ryukyu Shimpo

 

After U.S. military aircraft were spotted flying at low altitude near the Kerama islands, Okinawa gubernatorial chief of staff Masaru Kinjo lodged a protest to 353d Special Operations Group Commander Colonel Michael A. Thomas on February 3. According...