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Governor Onaga says Okinawans are disregarded as Osprey aerial refueling training resumes

Governor Onaga says Okinawans are disregarded as Osprey aerial refueling training resumes

January 5, 2017 Ryukyu Shimpo

On the evening of January 5, Governor Takeshi Onaga commented in an interview on the resumption of aerial refueling training exercises of MV-22 Osprey vertical takeoff and landing aircraft scheduled for the next day, following the recent crash on the shore of Abu, Nago. He says that at the same time that the Japanese government declares it is considering the feelings of Okinawans, it takes the stance of making the American military’s demands its highest...

 

Governor Onaga to visit to US at end of January, making appeal to incoming administration for Henoko issue

Governor Onaga to visit to US at end of January, making appeal to incoming administration for Henoko issue

January 3, 2017 Ryukyu Shimpo

Governor Takeshi Onaga has begun making preparations for a visit to the United States at the end of the month with the purpose of making a direct appeal for stopping new base construction in Henoko, Nago. With the inauguration of the United States’ next president...

In year opening address, Okinawa Governor Onaga vows to prevent new US base construction

In year opening address, Okinawa Governor Onaga vows to prevent new US base construction

January 4 2016 Ryukyu Shimpo

In his year-opening address to staff members of the Okinawa Prefectural Government on January 4, Okinawa Governor Takeshi Onaga pledged to prevent land-reclamation in Henoko and the associated relocation of Futenma Air Station. Onaga said, “Following the statement...

Governor Onaga emphasizes need to take measures against government’s forceful resumption of Henoko construction

Governor Onaga emphasizes need to take measures against government’s forceful resumption of Henoko construction

December 28, 2016 Ryukyu Shimpo

(Tokyo) On the morning of December 27, Governor Takeshi Onaga had a meeting with Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga, where he called for prior discussions to be held before the government resumes construction work for the relocation of U.S. Marine Corps Air...

Onaga sends notice of cancellation, government to resume Henoko construction

Onaga sends notice of cancellation, government to resume Henoko construction

December 26, 2016 Ryukyu Shimpo

At 1:30 p.m. on December 26, Okinawa Governor Takeshi Onaga held a press conference at Naha Airport and announced that he had begun procedures to cancel his cancellation of authorization to reclaim land in Henoko, Nago City. Onaga cancelled the authorization...

Okinawa Prefectural Assembly passes protest resolution over December 13 Osprey crash

Okinawa Prefectural Assembly passes protest resolution over December 13 Osprey crash

December 22, 2016 Ryukyu Shimpo

On December 22, at the Prefectural Assembly’s final regular meeting of the year, the protest resolution and written opinion proposed by the ruling party passed by majority. As a strong protest to the Osprey crash on December 13, the resolution demands the...

U.S. Veterans for Peace officially oppose Henoko construction, ask for nationwide support

December 11, 2016 Ryukyu Shimpo
Washington Special Correspondent Sakae Toiyama reporting
Veterans for Peace (VFP), a peace organization created by retired military service people with 120 chapters throughout the U.S. passed a pair or resolutions concerning military base construction in...

Nago Mayor demands withdrawal of US Marine MV-22 Osprey from Okinawa

Nago Mayor demands withdrawal of US Marine MV-22 Osprey from Okinawa

December 16, 2016 Ryukyu Shimpo

On December 16, Vice-Minister of Defense Kenji Wakamiya visited the Nago city office to apologize to Mayor Susumu Inamine after an MV-22 Osprey vertical takeoff and landing aircraft belonging to the Futenma base in Ginowan crashed into shallow water off the coast...

Onaga calls for removal of “defective” Osprey; government refuses to cancel land return ceremony

Onaga calls for removal of “defective” Osprey; government refuses to cancel land return ceremony

December 16, 2016 Ryukyu Shimpo

After the recent Osprey crash, on December 15, Governor Takeshi Onaga visited Minister of Defense Tomomi Inada at the Ministry of Defense. In his meeting with Inada, Onaga called the Osprey, which has seen continuous problems such as belly landings, a defective...

Nago mayor takes a swipe at central government over MV-22 osprey crash

Nago mayor takes a swipe at central government over MV-22 osprey crash

December 14, 2016 Ryukyu Shimpo

On December 14, Nago City Mayor Susumu Inamine spoke to reporters after a U.S. marine MV-22 Osprey crashed into shallow water near Abu in Nago on December 13. He told them, ” The thing that we feared has taken place.”

The mayor said, “It...

More than 100 send letter to US president asking for stop to Takae helipad construction

More than 100 send letter to US president asking for stop to Takae helipad construction

December 8, 2016 Ryukyu Shimpo

(Tokyo) On December 7, more than 100 Diet members, academics, artists, civil society groups and the like submitted an urgent open letter to U.S. President Barack Obama demanding a stop to the construction of helipads in Okinawa with disregard to the environmental...

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