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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 the relocation of U.S. Marine Corps Air Station Futenma to Henoko, Nago City. The concrete plant is being built to speed up the construction. Regarding the concrete manufacturing machinery, the Defense...

 

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...

800 people protest self-defense force deployment in Ishigaki

800 people protest self-defense force deployment in Ishigaki

January 30, 2017 Ryukyu Shimpo

A public meeting against deployment of Japan Ground Self-Defense Force (JGSDF) to Ishigaki Island was held in Ishigaki City gymnastic hall on January 29, and approximately 800 people from around the city attended the meeting. The group adopted a resolution to...

Okinawa governor warns forcible construction of a new base will lead to future trouble for Japan-US security relations

Okinawa governor warns forcible construction of a new base will lead to future trouble for Japan-US security relations

February 5, 2017 Ryukyu Shimpo

Sakae Toiyama reports from Washington D.C.

On February 3, Okinawa Governor Takeshi Onaga, who visited the United States to call for the cancellation of construction of a new U.S. base in Henoko, Nago, held a press conference in Washington D.C.

U.S....

Ikei neighborhood association rejects reparations offer, pushes to cease flights over 4 islands

February 2, 2017 Ryukyu Shimpo

In light of a U.S. military helicopter making an emergency landing on an agricultural road in Uruma City, Yonashiro, Ikeijima, the Okinawa Defense Bureau (ODB) offered reparations to the Ikei neighborhood community association. On the first of the month, the neighborhood...

Governor Onaga travels to US to call for a stop to Henoko construction

Governor Onaga travels to US to call for a stop to Henoko construction

February 2, 2016 Ryukyu Shimpo

Sakae Toiyama reports from Washington D.C.

On the afternoon of January 31, Governor Takeshi Onaga began his action in Washington D.C. to convey Okinawa’s opposition to the construction of a new base as part of the relocation of U.S. Marine Corps Air...

Nago City Council formally objects to resumption of Osprey flight training in Okinawa

January 25, 2017 Ryukyu Shimpo online edition

On January 25, the Nago City Council voted on a written statement and protest resolution objecting to the resumption of Osprey flight training while there has yet to be sufficient investigation into the cause of the Osprey accident that occurred...

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