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Anger over anti-conspiracy law, citizens protest new Henoko base construction

Anger over anti-conspiracy law, citizens protest new Henoko base construction

June 15, 2017 Ryukyu Shimpo Digital Edition

On June 15 around noon, more than 30 construction vehicles were seen intermittently entering the U.S. military Camp Schwab. These vehicles are for relocating the U.S. military Futenma Air Station to Henoko, Nago City. About 100 citizens sat outside the gate and protested the new base construction. Participants also voiced their anger regarding the anti-conspiracy law that was passed that very morning. They said that the new law specifically targets...

 

18,000 opposing Henoko base and conspiracy bill encircle Diet Building

18,000 opposing Henoko base and conspiracy bill encircle Diet Building

June 11, 2017 Ryukyu Shimpo

The group Stop! Henoko Umetate (also known as Stop! Henoko Land Reclamation) held a National Diet Building encirclement protest on the afternoon of June 10, requesting that the Japanese government abandon new base construction in Henoko, Nago, and scrap the bill...

Kariyushi shirts allowed and jacket not required in lower-house plenary session

Kariyushi shirts allowed and jacket not required in lower-house plenary session

June 7, 2017 Ryukyu Shimpo

The Lower House Plenary session confirmed it will allow both male and female members to participate in meetings in kariyushi shirts and without a jacket during the Cool Business period in the summer. The decision was made during the board meeting on June 7. The dress...

The U.S. and Japanese governments agree on facilities improvement at Camp Schwab

June 9, 2017 Ryukyu Shimpo

On June 6 at the joint U.S.-Japan Commission, the U.S. and Japanese governments reaffirmed their agreement to improve 23 facilities in the U.S. military Camp Schwab, including communication buildings and welfare facilities.

On June 6 at the Japan-U.S. Joint...

MV-22 Osprey belonging to Futenma base makes emergency landing at Amami Airport without advance notification.

MV-22 Osprey belonging to Futenma base makes emergency landing at Amami Airport without advance notification.

June 10, 2017 Ryukyu Shimpo

A U.S. Marine Corps Osprey made an emergency landing at Amami Airport, Kagoshima, at about 8:52 p.m. on June 10.

According to the local fire station, there were no reports of fire and injuries and no fire trucks or ambulances sent.

This Osprey aircraft,...

Governor Onaga announces lawsuit to demand national government obtain reef crushing permit for Henoko constuction

Governor Onaga announces lawsuit to demand national government obtain reef crushing permit for Henoko constuction

June 8, 2017 Ryukyu Shimpo

On the evening of June 7, Governor Takeshi Onaga held a press conference at the Okinawa Prefectural Office, and stated his intention to bring a lawsuit against the national government. The lawsuit will aim to put a stop to seawall construction work that the Okinawa...

U.S. military continues to use former aircraft parking apron, violating SACO agreement

June 2, 2017 Ryukyu Shimpo

In January this year, the U.S. Navy’s former aircraft parking apron of Kadena Air Base was relocated in accordance with the 1996 Special Action Committee on Okinawa (SACO) agreement to reduce noise in neighboring residential areas. However, on June 1, a representative...

Dockworkers’ unions request companies refuse soil hauling work for Henoko base construction

May 30, 2017 Ryukyu Shimpo

By Ikue Nakaima

On May 29 the National Federation of Dockworkers’ Unions of Japan, comprised of 22,773 members from around the country and chaired by Kinichiro Itotani, submitted a written request to the Japan Harbor Transportation Association (JHTA) that...

Henoko embankment work has continued for a month

Henoko embankment work has continued for a month

May 25, 2017 Ryukyu Shimpo

May 25th marked one month since the commencement of embankment work in Henoko, the first stage of land reclamation for Futenma Air Station’s replacement facility. The Ryukyu Shimpo photographed the construction area from the sky with a small wireless helicopter...

Onaga says 74% disapproval poll shows Okinawans find Henoko base circumstances “outrageous”

Onaga says 74% disapproval poll shows Okinawans find Henoko base circumstances “outrageous”

May 26, 2017 Ryukyu Shimpo online edition

At a press conference on May 26 Governor Takeshi Onaga commented on a recent public opinion poll that took place after the Supreme Court of Japan handed down the decision against Okinawa concerning the revocation of landfill reclamation approval. The...

New research finds Japan’s linkage with Senkaku Islands dating back to 1819

New research finds Japan’s linkage with Senkaku Islands dating back to 1819

May 12, 2017 Ryukyu Shimpo

On May 12, the government published a research report for 2016 on Okinawa Prefecture’s Senkaku Islands and Shimane Prefecture’s Takeshima. The report included document(s) stating that Ryukyu royalty arrived on the shores of the Senkaku Islands in 1819. This is...

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