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Ie Village mayor speaks up about scope of U.S. parachute drop training in Okinawa

Ie Village mayor speaks up about scope of U.S. parachute drop training in Okinawa

June 13, 2019 Ryukyu Shimpo

On June 12 Ie Village Mayor Hideyuki Shimabukuro spoke about the accepted scope of parachute drop training, and in regard to the U.S. military’s Ie Jima Auxiliary Airfield being the agreed-upon place for parachute drop training to be conducted in the Special Action Committee on Okinawa (SACO) agreement. He explained his perception that, “Based on the SACO final agreement parachute drop training is allowed where it was once conducted above the land of...

 

Okinawa governor’s “talk caravan” aims to spark nationwide discussion of Okinawa base issues

Okinawa governor’s “talk caravan” aims to spark nationwide discussion of Okinawa base issues

June 12, 2019 Ryukyu Shimpo

On June 11 Okinawa Governor Denny Tamaki started the first leg of his cross-country “talk caravan” at Le Port Kojimachi in Tokyo. This caravan will consist of lectures and symposiums, and is a move by the Okinawa Prefectural Government (OPG) to make those across...

Dangers of MCAS Futenma not limited to Ginowan, helicopter’s blade tape falls onto Uranishi Junior High

Dangers of MCAS Futenma not limited to Ginowan, helicopter’s blade tape falls onto Uranishi Junior High

June 6, 2019 Ryukyu Shimpo

On June 5 the U.S. Marine Corps confirmed that an object from a helicopter stationed at Marine Corps Air Station Futenma (MCAS Futenma) fell onto the grounds of Uranishi Junior High School in Urasoe City, Okinawa. The object was a piece of blade tape from one of the...

Okinawa governor’s initial correspondence to U.S. government requests MCAS Futenma closure

Okinawa governor’s initial correspondence to U.S. government requests MCAS Futenma closure

May 28, 2019 Ryukyu Shimpo

Recently Okinawa Governor Denny Tamaki sent his first correspondence to the U.S. government, requesting the prompt suspension of operations on Marine Corps Air Station (MCAS) Futenma. The Okinawa Prefectural Government (OPG) is once more appealing for an immediate...

Angered over continued scandals involving the United States Air Force, three municipalities around Kadena Air Base plan protest

Angered over continued scandals involving the United States Air Force, three municipalities around Kadena Air Base plan protest

May 30, 2019 Ryukyu Shimpo

The “Kadena Air Base Tri-City Intercommunication Committee,” which is comprised of representative from Okinawa City, Kadena, and Chatan and chaired by Kadena mayor Hiroshi Toyama, visited Okinawa Defense Bureau (ODB) chief Toshinori Tanaka May 29 to protest repeated...

Okinawa Vice Governor protests “bad weather” pretext for relocating parachute drop training

Okinawa Vice Governor protests “bad weather” pretext for relocating parachute drop training

May 23, 2019 Ryukyu Shimpo online edition

On the morning of May 23 Okinawa Vice Governor Kiichiro Jahana called Ambassador in charge of Okinawan Affairs Hiroshi Kawamura and Director General of the Okinawa Defense Bureau Toshinori Tanaka to the Prefectural Office. Vice Governor Jahana submitted...

Okinawa Governor Denny Tamaki gives Prime Minister Shinzo Abe Kariyushi shirts, tells him ,”Now you can have ‘Cool Biz,’ even at the Diet.”

Okinawa Governor Denny Tamaki gives Prime Minister Shinzo Abe Kariyushi shirts, tells him ,”Now you can have ‘Cool Biz,’ even at the Diet.”

May 21, 2019 Ryukyu Shimpo

[Tokyo] With summer just about to kick off, Okinawa governor Denny Tamaki presented Okinawan Kariyushi attire to Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga, and Minister of State for Okinawa and Northern Territories Affairs Mitsuhiro Miyakoshi....

Gov. Denny Tamaki on the “Okinawan Spirit”

Gov. Denny Tamaki on the “Okinawan Spirit”

May 18, 2019 Ryukyu Shimpo

Gov. Denny Tamaki was asked about the “Okinawan spirit” during a regular press conference held on May 17, on account of the 47th anniversary of Okinawa’s reversion to Japan from U.S. rule. The governor explained the Okinawan spirit is “appreciating the chimugukuru...

At external affairs symposium, former Kwansei Gakuin University professor Narahiko Toyoshita and others discuss Okinawa as cornerstone of disarmament

At external affairs symposium, former Kwansei Gakuin University professor Narahiko Toyoshita and others discuss Okinawa as cornerstone of disarmament

May 19, 2019 Ryukyu Shimpo

On May 18, the Okinawa External Affairs Study Group held a 20th anniversary symposium titled “The Imaginative Power to Stop Henoko” at the Okinawa Prefectural Museum and Art Museum in Omoromachi, Naha. Former Kwansei Gakuin University professor Narahiko Toyoshita...

MOD may shorten FRF construction with foreign work ships, increasing environmental burden

May 8, 2019 Ryukyu Shimpo

On May 7 it became clear that the Ministry of Defense (MOD) is considering using both domestic work ships and work ships from abroad to conduct ground improvement work on the soft ground at the site in Henoko, Nago City, as part of construction of the Futenma Replacement...

Dr. Satoshi Shirai, Kyoji Yanagisawa question Japanese sovereignty at East Asia Community Institute Symposium, “The system of concentrating bases in Okinawa is designed to hide the problem from mainland Japan”

Dr. Satoshi Shirai, Kyoji Yanagisawa question Japanese sovereignty at East Asia Community Institute  Symposium, “The system of concentrating bases in Okinawa is designed to hide the problem from mainland Japan”

May 6, 2019 Ryukyu Shimpo

The East Asia Community Institute Okinawa (Ryukyu) held a public symposium titled, “Calling into question democracy in Japan – is Japan really an independent, democratic nation?” at the Ryukyu Shimpo Hall in Izumizaki, Naha May 5 (with support from Ryukyu Shimpo...