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Anti-US base candidates win all seats in Okinawa in Lower House election

Anti-US base candidates win all seats in Okinawa in Lower House election

December 14, 2014 Ryukyu Shimpo

Four candidates opposing construction of a new base won the Okinawan seats in the House of Representatives election on December 14. Following the election of a base-opposed governor in November, the issue of relocating U.S. Marine Corp Air Station Futenma in Ginowan to Henoko, Nago, became the major focal point of the national election. The election was contested between the Liberal-Democratic Party’s candidates, who back the government’s push...

 

Governor Onaga sworn in, says he will fulfill his pledge to stop construction of US base

Governor Onaga sworn in, says he will fulfill his pledge to stop construction of US base

December 10, 2014 Ryukyu Shimpo

On December 10, at an inauguration press conference held at the prefectural government office, new Okinawa Governor Takeshi Onaga vowed to fulfill his pledge. He ran the gubernatorial race on a platform to oppose the relocation of U.S. Marine Corp Air Station...

Government halts work at sea for new US base in Henoko as it considers election

November 24, 2014 Ryukyu Shimpo

The government decided to postpone offshore construction work , in Henoko, Nago, where it plans to relocate U.S Marine Corps Air Station Futenma, until December 14, when the House of Representatives election campaign ends. On-shore work, such as preparing a temporary...

19 protesters against Henoko relocation constrained: 84-year-old woman injured

November 21, 2014 Ryukyu Shimpo

Offshore construction work for the relocation of U.S. Marine Corps Air Station Futenma to the Henoko district of Nago resumed on November 20. The Okinawa Prefectural Police riot squad and the Japan Coast Guard have beefed up security in the marine area and in...

Japanese government releases current cost of Futenma relocation; so far exceeds 40 billion yen

November 12, 2014 Ryukyu Shimpo

Expenses related to a plan to build an alternative facility to Futenma Air Station in Nago, covering the period from May 1, 2006 to November 5, 2014 amount to 40,860,000,000 yen. The U.S. and Japanese government reached an agreement on the Realignment of U.S....

Yonaguni council passes referendum ordinance over Japanese Self-Defense Force

November 18, 2014 Ryukyu Shimpo

On November 17, Yonaguni Town Council passed a referendum ordinance asking residents if they accept the deployment of the Japanese Ground Self-Defense Force to Yonaguni Island. The council voted 3-to-2 in favor of having a referendum. The Ministry of Defense...

Ex-Naha Mayor opposed to the construction of new US base wins Okinawa gubernatorial race

November 16, Ryukyu Shimpo

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Okinawa gubernatorial race starts with four candidates

Okinawa gubernatorial race starts with four candidates

October 31, 2014 Ryukyu Shimpo

The 12th Okinawa gubernatorial election started on October 30. Four candidates, including former State Minister in Charge of Postal Services Privatization Mikio Shimoji, 53, former Upper House member Shokichi Kina, 66, former Naha Mayor Takeshi Onaga, 64, and...

3,800 protesters surrounding OPG buildings say no to new US air base construction

3,800 protesters surrounding OPG buildings say no to new US air base construction

October 10, 2014 Ryukyu Shimpo

On October 9, citizen groups formed a human chain around the Okinawa Prefectural Government (OPG) buildings in Naha to demonstrated their united opposition to the construction of a new US Marine air base in Henoko, Nago, to replace the Futenma base in Ginowan....

23 servicemen desert from U.S.military bases in Japan: one still at large among four deserters from bases in Okinawa

October 8, 2014 Ryukyu Shimpo

An inquiry has revealed that from July 2011 to August 2014, 23 servicemen deserted from U.S.military bases in Japan nationwide. Among them, four deserted from the bases in Okinawa. One of the four deserters from the bases in Okinawa gave themselves up to the military...

Okinawa reversion’s key negotiator meets Nago Mayor in Okinawa

Okinawa reversion’s key negotiator meets Nago Mayor in Okinawa

September 18, 2014 Ryukyu Shimpo

On September 17, Morton Halperin, who was the chief US negotiator during the negotiations for Okinawa’s reversion to Japan in the early 1970s, had a meeting with Nago mayor Susumu Inamine at the Ryukyu Shimpo Izumisaki Building in Naha. Halperin shared his...

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