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Nago BOE requests cultural property survey to be conducted on Henoko sea area

Nago BOE requests cultural property survey to be conducted on Henoko sea area

March 8, 2017 Ryukyu Shimpo
By Kazuki Furugen

On March 7, the Nago City Board of Education (BOE) requested the Okinawa Defense Bureau (ODB) to conduct a cultural property survey for the sea area of Ora Bay. This must be done before reclaiming the area from the sea. The U.S. military Futenma Air Base is to be relocated to this area located in Henoko, Nago. Last July, part of U.S. military Camp Schwab, which has plans to be remodeled, was recognized as a new historical site, the “Nagasaki...

 

ODB begins work to set up silt protectors on Oura Bay

ODB begins work to set up silt protectors on Oura Bay

March 11, 2017 Ryukyu Shimpo

On March 10, the Okinawa Defense Bureau (ODB) began work to set up silt protectors in the temporarily restricted area on Oura Bay, Henoko, Nago, to mitigate the impact of construction of a new airfield, which is part of a replacement facility for the U.S. Futenma...

Furusato taxes reach record high, continuing to rise since Onaga administration

February 26, 2017 Ryukyu Shimpo

Donations to Okinawa Prefecture’s “Chura Yuimaru Donation,” part of the Furusato Tax Program, which allows residents to divert part of their residence and income tax to a local government of their choice, are increasing. In the fiscal year 2016, as of the...

Governor Onaga warns Foreign Minister pushing through Henoko base will create trouble in the future

Governor Onaga warns Foreign Minister pushing through Henoko base will create trouble in the future

February 26, 2017 Ryukyu Shimpo

Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida met with Governor Takeshi Onaga on the morning of February 26 at the prefectural government office.

The governor submitted to the foreign minister a request containing 10 items, including seeking relocation of the U.S. Futenma...

1.5 trillion-yen benefit expected from return of Kadena

February 23, 2017 Ryukyu Shimpo

On February 22, Professor Masaki Tomochi from the Department of Economics at Okinawa International University presented his trial calculations regarding the economic benefit to Okinawa if the U.S. military’s Kadena Air Base is returned. According to his calculations,...

Government starts building concrete plant at Henoko, Okinawa concerned it will be used for land reclamation

Government starts building concrete plant at Henoko, Okinawa concerned it will be used for land reclamation

February 18, 2017 Ryukyu Shimpo

On February 17, it was discovered that the Okinawa Defense Bureau has begun construction of a ready-mix concrete plant (concrete manufacturing machinery) as part of construction it is doing on land at U.S. Camp Schwab of related facilities in conjunction with...

Six Okinawa diet members issue statement demanding immediate release of peace activist Yamashiro

Six Okinawa diet members issue statement demanding immediate release of peace activist Yamashiro

February 19, 2017 Ryukyu Shimpo

At a press conference held on February 18 at Okinawa Prefectural Government Office, six diet members from Okinawa constituencies released a statement demanding the immediate release of Hiroji Yamashiro, director of the Okinawa Peace Movement Center. Yamashiro...

Obstructing Henoko base construction becomes pillar of Onaga administration’s 2017 objectives

February 16, 2017 Ryukyu Shimpo

At a regular meeting of the Okinawa Prefectural Assembly on February 15, Governor Takeshi Onaga announced his administration’s 2017 objectives. He addressed the plan to construct a replacement facility for Futenma Air Station in Henoko, asserting that his administration...

Nationwide liaison council opposing Henoko soil hauling calls for measures against invasive species

Nationwide liaison council opposing Henoko soil hauling calls for measures against invasive species

February 13, 2017 Ryukyu Shimpo

Thirteen members of Opposition to Henoko Soil Hauling, a nationwide liaison council comprised of local organizations to the soil collection sites for Henoko land reclamation, including co-representative of the council Sahio Otsu (from Amami City, Kagoshima Prefecture),...

Heads of Japan, U.S. assert “Henoko is the only solution”, with no mention of pledge to close Futenma

Heads of Japan, U.S. assert

February 12, 2017 Ryukyu Shimpo

Sakae Toiyama reporting from Washington D.C.

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and U.S. President Donald Trump held their first summit meeting at the White House on the afternoon of February 10 (the dawn of February 11 Japan Time).

The heads of the two...

“I am filled with indignation,” Governor Onaga criticizes Japanese government for dumping concrete blocks into sea off coast of Henoko

February 7, 2017 Ryukyu Shimpo

On the afternoon of February 7, Governor Takeshi Onaga strongly criticized the Okinawa Bureau of the Defense Ministry for dumping concrete blocks into the sea off Henoko, Nago despite his request to stop it.

The governor said, “I made a request that...

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