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International Human Rights Law Association holds Japan-Okinawa debate regarding UN review

International Human Rights Law Association holds Japan-Okinawa debate regarding UN review

 

November 27, 2017 Ryukyu Shimpo

 

The International Human Rights Law Association (IHRLA), chaired by Shin Hae Bong, held its 29th annual meeting over two days starting on November 26 at Times Hall in Naha City. At this meeting, lawyers and researchers from around Japan discussed lawsuits concerning U.S. bases in Okinawa, such as the current lawsuit aimed at stopping new base construction in Henoko, and how these lawsuits relate to international human rights law....

 

Oku assembly unanimously agrees to oppose port use for transport of Henoko base materials

Oku assembly unanimously agrees to oppose port use for transport of Henoko base materials

 

November 24, 2017 Ryukyu Shimpo

 

(Kunigami) In relation to the Okinawa Defense Bureau’s use of Oku Port in Kunigami as a spot from which to transport stone materials to be used in the construction of a new base in Henoko, Nago, on November 23, Oku Ward held an emergency...

Lieutenant General Nicholson announces “Japan’s version of Marines” for Okinawa deployment

 

November 17, 2017 Ryukyu Shimpo

 

On November 16, the Okinawa Area Coordinator (OAC) Lawrence Nicholson announced that the Ministry of Defense (MOD) will establish the Amphibious Rapid Deployment Brigade (ARDB), with future deployment to a U.S. base in Okinawa in mind....

Considering revoking the permission to use Oku Port for the new Henoko base construction

Considering revoking the permission to use Oku Port for the new Henoko base construction

 

November 16, 2017 Ryukyu Shimpo

 

The prefecture has labeled the environmental issue, involving dust and noise from dump trucks that come/go to the port, as a “new development.”

As a result, the prefecture announced on November 15 that it is considering...

Kadena Town Council adopts protest resolution on the temporary deployment of the F-35As

Kadena Town Council adopts protest resolution on the temporary deployment of the F-35As

 

November 10, 2017Ryukyu Shimpo

 

Following the temporary deployment of the U.S. Air Force’s newest stealth fighters F-35As from Hill Air Force Base in Utah to Kadena Air Base, the Kadena Town Council held a special session at which they unanimously adopted a protest...

Governor Onaga says “The new base is discrimination,” and “America is responsible” in appeal to US Ambassador

Governor Onaga says “The new base is discrimination,” and “America is responsible” in appeal to US Ambassador

 

November 14, 2017 Ryukyu Shimpo

 

Okinawa Governor Takeshi Onaga met with United States Ambassador to Japan William F.

Haggerty at the prefectural office November 13.

This was Ambassador Haggerty’s first meeting with the Governor and his second visit...

Board of Audit does not recognize special nature of security asserted by Defense Bureau as grounds to pay asking price for Henoko base construction security

 

November 9, 2017Ryukyu Shimpo

 

The Okinawa Defense Bureau executed a service agreement in 2015-2016...

Serious accident rates increase for Ospreys over the last year

 

November 9, 2017 Ryukyu Shimpo

 

On November 8, the Ministry of Defense made an announcement regarding Osprey accident rates after receiving information from the U.S. As of end of September, the class A accident rate of the 100-thousand hours of fly time made by the...

Central government disregards Okinawa’s guidance, forces further Henoko embankment work

Central government disregards Okinawa’s guidance, forces further Henoko embankment work

 

November 7, 2017 Ryukyu Shimpo

 

On November 6, the Okinawa Defense Bureau (ODB) of the Ministry of Defense (MOD) undertook construction of two new seawalls related to construction of a replacement facility for Futenma Air Station at the planned site in Henoko, Nago...

New Marine-like GSDF unit considered for deployment to Okinawa after U.S. Marines’ relocation

New Marine-like GSDF unit considered for deployment to Okinawa after U.S. Marines’ relocation

 

November 1, 2017 Ryukyu Shimpo

 

It came to light on October 31 that the Ministry of Defense (MOD) and Self-Defense Forces (SDF) are considering Camp Hansen in Okinawa as a potential place to deploy the Amphibious Rapid Deployment Brigade (ARDB), a unit of the Ground...

Former Prime Minister Hatoyama criticizes forced Henoko base construction

Former Prime Minister Hatoyama criticizes forced Henoko base construction

 

October 28, 2017 Ryukyu Shimpo

 

On October 26, Former Prime Minister and East Asian Community Institute (EACI) Chairman Yukio Hatoyama, Ryukoku University Professor Yasukatsu Matsushima from the Association of Comprehensive Studies for Independence of the Lew Chewans...

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