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MOD cites research agency contract as reason for not releasing February dugong call recording

MOD cites research agency contract as reason for not releasing February dugong call recording

October 16, 2020 Ryukyu Shimpo

Regarding a call, that is potentially a dugong call, recorded in February this year in Oura Bay, Henoko, Nago City, where Futenma Replacement Facility construction is ongoing, on October 15 the Ministry of Defense (MOD) released the statement that it “cannot submit voice data” to National Diet members, and showed no intention of releasing the recorded voice to the public.

Also on October 15, the Okinawa U.S. military base issues Diet discussion...

 

Itoman city council requests Okinawa ban cockfighting prefecture-wide in written statement

Itoman city council requests Okinawa ban cockfighting prefecture-wide in written statement

October 16, 2020 Ryukyu Shimpo

Itoman – Itoman city council unanimously passed an official written opinion requesting that the Okinawan government and Okinawa prefectural assembly enact regulations banning cockfighting. City councilor Satoru Kinjo submitted the statement. The same city council...

Okinawa Governor requests reviews of fisheries agreements in order to ensure safe environment near Senkaku Islands

Okinawa Governor requests reviews of fisheries agreements in order to ensure safe environment near Senkaku Islands

October 8, 2020 Ryukyu Shimpo

On October 7, Okinawa Governor Denny Tamaki, Okinawa Fisheries Cooperative Association President Kameichi Uehara, and Okinawa Prefectural Fisheries Cooperative Presidents’ Association President Takao Yamanoha had interviews with Chief Cabinet Secretary Katunobu...

Governor Tamaki clarifies that the part of land reclamation announced as completed is only partially completed

Governor Tamaki clarifies that the part of land reclamation announced as completed is only partially completed

October 1, 2020 Ryukyu Shimpo online edition

The Okinawa Defense Bureau (ODB) has recently announced that one part of the land reclamation work for Futenma Replacement Facility construction in Henoko, Nago City, was finished. In response to this, on October 1 Okinawa Governor Denny Tamaki stated...

Eight years since Osprey deployment: Ginowan City Mayor calls for Osprey training exercises to be moved outside of Okinawa

Eight years since Osprey deployment: Ginowan City Mayor calls for Osprey training exercises to be moved outside of Okinawa

October 1, 2020 Ryukyu Shimpo

Ginowan – On September 29, Masanori Matsugawa, mayor of Ginowan City, spoke at City Hall about how it has been eight years since the deployment of MV-22 Osprey vertical takeoff and landing aircraft to Futenma Air Station. He called for “halving the number of...

Residents submit request to not allow JSDF forces use of airports on Miyako and Shimoji Islands

Residents submit request to not allow JSDF forces use of airports on Miyako and Shimoji Islands

September 24, 2020 Ryukyu Shimpo

The “We don’t need a missile base Miyakojima resident liaison council,” (Seihan Nakazato, representative) which is made up of citizens groups from the Miyako region, submitted a request to Okinawa Prefecture asking the government to not allow the Japanese...

Shurijo Castle reconstruction materials to be procured via central government, using donations made to Okinawa

Shurijo Castle reconstruction materials to be procured via central government, using donations made to Okinawa

September 24, 2020 Ryukyu Shimpo

On September 23, Okinawa Prefecture and the Cabinet Office’s Okinawa General Bureau signed a memorandum to procure large-diameter logs for the reconstruction of Shurijo Castle, which was destroyed in a fire last October. The Okinawa General Bureau will determine...

Nago City Assembly passes 2.1 billion yen supplementary budget, 400 million yen for FRF construction

September 24, 2020 Ryukyu Shimpo

On September 23, in the final regular meeting for the month of the Nago City Assembly (chaired by Hideki Oshiro), the Assembly adopted, by a majority, a 2020 general accounting and finance supplementary budget. The supplemented sum is 2,154,370,000 yen. The...

LDP group proposes strengthening control of Senkaku Islands by making using of Shimojishima Airport

LDP group proposes strengthening control of Senkaku Islands by making using of Shimojishima Airport

September 18, 2020 Ryukyu Shimpo

Tokyo – The Liberal Democratic Party’s (LDP) National Defense Legislator’s Alliance (NDLA, former Director General of the Japan Defense Agency Seishiro Eto, chairman) authored a proposal September 17, calling for added maintenance and expansion of the...

Okinawa Minister Kono meets with Gov. Tamaki: “My role is to boost Okinawan economy”

Okinawa Minister Kono meets with Gov. Tamaki: “My role is to boost Okinawan economy”

September 19, 2020 Ryukyu Shimpo

On September19, Okinawa Governor Denny Tamaki and Taro Kono, who was recently appointed Minister of State for Okinawa and Northern Territories Affairs, met at the Okinawa Prefectural Office. The governor presented Minister Kono with a letter listing 19 requests...

Defense Minister Kishi expresses intent to continue Abe administration’s MCAS Futenma relocation policy

Defense Minister Kishi expresses intent to continue Abe administration’s MCAS Futenma relocation policy

September17, 2020 Ryukyu Shimpo online edition

In the early morning hours of September 17, at his inaugural interview, Defense Minister Nobuo Kishi said, concerning relocation of Futenma Air Station to Henoko, Nago City, “On the basis of the principle that there is one sole solution,...