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Following Biden’s inauguration Gov. Tamaki plans to “convey current situation in Okinawa” for Henoko discussion

Following Biden’s inauguration Gov. Tamaki plans to “convey current situation in Okinawa” for Henoko discussion

January 22, 2021 Ryukyu Shimpo

 

On January 21, following the inauguration of Joe Biden as the United States president, Governor Denny Tamaki spoke to the press at the Okinawa Prefectural Government Office. The governor said, “To secure a hope-filled future for Okinawa, I will convey [to the Biden administration] our current situation under the Japan-U.S. security arrangement and request [their] cooperation.”

 

The new administration is expected to remain...

 

Assembly Special Committee finds Defense Minister approval of low-altitude flights “deplorable”

Assembly Special Committee finds Defense Minister approval of low-altitude flights “deplorable”

January 15, 2021 Ryukyu Shimpo

On January 14, a meeting of the Okinawa Prefectural Assembly’s Special Committee on U.S. Military Base Affairs (chaired by Moriyuki Teruya) opened and unanimously adopted the chairman’s declaration objecting to the low altitude flying of U.S. military...

Zamami mayor and Gov. Tamaki oppose Defense Minister’s acquiescence: “It’s a joke,” “Revise SOFA”

Zamami mayor and Gov. Tamaki oppose Defense Minister’s acquiescence: “It’s a joke,” “Revise SOFA”

January 9, 2021 Ryukyu Shimpo

In the latest issue of U.S. military aircraft repeatedly flying at low altitudes around Kerama Islands, Japan’s Ministry of Defense and the Foreign Minister indicated their approval of the U.S. military training outside of the training area. In response, the...

In New Year’s address, Gov. Tamaki highlights policies to alleviate child poverty and improve employment

In New Year’s address, Gov. Tamaki highlights policies to alleviate child poverty and improve employment

January 5, 2021 Ryukyu Shimpo

On January 4, the first working day of 2021, Governor Denny Tamaki delivered his New Year’s address at the Okinawa Prefectural Government Office. In his speech, the governor positioned alleviating child poverty as “the most important policy for the prefectural...

Okinawan Prefectural Assembly sends Chinese foreign minister statement regarding Okinawan fishing boats in the Senkaku Islands “These are not disguised boats”

Okinawan Prefectural Assembly sends Chinese foreign minister statement regarding Okinawan fishing boats in the Senkaku Islands “These are not disguised boats”

December 8, 2020 Ryukyu Shimpo

 

During the second day of general inquiries at the Okinawa Prefectural Assembly’s (OPA) regular November session December 7, eight members of the Okinawa-Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) faction took the podium. In response to a claim made by Chinese...

Taro Kono wants to raise Okinawa out of their position of Japan’s worst per-capita income “up to 46th while I am in office,” plans to review current economic policies “by the numbers”

Taro Kono wants to raise Okinawa out of their position of Japan’s worst per-capita income “up to 46th while I am in office,” plans to review current economic policies “by the numbers”

December 6, 2020 Ryukyu Shimpo

 

Taro Kono, the Minister of State for Administrative Reform and Okinawa, met with representatives from economic organizations as well as the mayors of Okinawa’s towns and cities in Naha on December 5, after arriving in Okinawa the previous evening,...

Chatan Mayor asks Enterprise Bureau to stop use of contaminated water from Kadena

Chatan Mayor asks Enterprise Bureau to stop use of contaminated water from Kadena

October 22, 2020 Ryukyu Shimpo

Regarding the issue of carcinogenic chemicals including perfluorooctane sulfonate (PFOS) being detected in water from a group of wells on a U.S. military base in Kadena, which are sources of water for Chatan Water Treatment Plant, on October 20 Mayor Masaharu...

Defense Minister and Gov. Tamaki’s Henoko base construction talks come to a standstill

Defense Minister and Gov. Tamaki’s Henoko base construction talks come to a standstill

October 23, 2020 Ryukyu Shimpo

On October 22, during his visit to Okinawa, Defense Minister Nobuo Kishi met with Governor Denny Tamaki; Lt. Gen. H. Stacy Clardy III, commander of the U.S. troops in Okinawa and Okinawa Area Coordinator; and mayors of the municipalities hosting U.S. military...

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...

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...