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Tomohiro Yara wins Okinawa No. 3 district Lower House by-election with platform opposing new Henoko base

Tomohiro Yara wins Okinawa No. 3 district Lower House by-election with platform opposing new Henoko base

April 21, 2019 Ryukyu Shimpo

Tomohiro Yara, 56, is a freelance journalist and a new independent candidate in the Lower House by-election in the Okinawa No. 3 district backed by the “All Okinawa” camp.

He won in the by-election held on April 21 after Denny Tamaki resigned the seat in his successful bid in the Okinawa gubernatorial race.

The vote was closed at 8:00 p.m. on April 21 and the votes were counted on the same day.

Constituents in the Okinawa No....

 

The three participating parties at a summit to reduce the base burden agree to set new deadline for closing MCAS Futenma

The three participating parties at a summit to reduce the base burden agree to set new deadline for closing MCAS Futenma

April 11, 2019 Ryukyu Shimpo

Tokyo – Representatives from the Japanese government, the Okinawa prefectural government, and Ginowan City met April 10 at the prime ministers offices for a conference to further the lessening of the burden brought by MCAS Futenma.

At the conference, the...

Complaints of aircraft noise from Air Station Futenma at a record high of 684

Complaints of aircraft noise from Air Station Futenma at a record high of 684

April 12, 2019 Ryukyu Shimpo

In 2018, Ginowan City, Okinawa Prefecture received 684 complaints pertaining to the aircraft noise from the U.S. Marine Corps Air Station Futenma.

This is a record high since Ginowan City began accepting complaints in 2002.

The number of complaints...

Okinawa Governor protests fatal incident involving U.S. solider, resulting in local apprehension

Okinawa Governor protests fatal incident involving U.S. solider, resulting in local apprehension

April 15, 2019 Ryukyu Shimpo online edition

On April 13 the dead bodies of a U.S. Navy sailor assigned to a Marine unit in Okinawa and a Japanese woman were found in an apartment in Kuwae, Chatan Town. It appears the sailor fatally stabbed the woman and killed himself. Okinawa Governor Denny...

Government’s broken promise not to store missiles on base unravels locals’ condition for accepting GSDF deployment

Government’s broken promise not to store missiles on base unravels locals’ condition for accepting GSDF deployment

April 8, 2019 Ryukyu Shimpo
By Junnichi Maeshiro

When the Ministry of Defense was still in the stage of planning to deploy a security force in Miyako, local residents demanded that missiles not be stored at the deployment site. In response, the Ministry of Defense continually told residents...

MLIT annuls OPG revocation of land reclamation permit, OPG prepares to legally counter

MLIT annuls OPG revocation of land reclamation permit, OPG prepares to legally counter

On April 5, the Minister of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism Keiichi Ishii accepted the Ministry of Defense (MOD) Okinawa Defense Bureau’s (ODB’s) formal objection to the Okinawa Prefectural Government’s (OPG’s) revocation of the land reclamation permit for construction...

Iwate’s Prefectural Assembly first besides Okinawa’s to request Henoko land reclamation halt

Iwate’s Prefectural Assembly first besides Okinawa’s to request Henoko land reclamation halt

March 27, 2019 Ryukyu Shimpo

On March 25 at a plenary session of the Iwate Prefectural Assembly, the ruling coalition including the Social Democratic Party and the Japanese Communist Party adopted by majority vote a written statement titled “Request that land reclamation work in Henoko...

One of only three Okinawa dugong specimens found dead, whereabouts of other two unknown

One of only three Okinawa dugong specimens found dead, whereabouts of other two unknown

March 20, 2019 Ryukyu Shimpo

Prior to starting construction on the Futenma Replacement Facility (FRF) in Henoko, Nago City, the Okinawa Defense Bureau (ODB) conducted a dugong survey and confirmed the presence of three dugong specimens.

Since construction in the ocean began the whereabouts...

Soft seafloor precludes marine work yards for temporary caisson storage in FRF construction

Soft seafloor precludes marine work yards for temporary caisson storage in FRF construction

March 18, 2019 Ryukyu Shimpo

Recently it came to the Ryukyu Shimpo’s attention that due to an expanse of soft seafloor north of the land reclamation area, the Okinawa Defense Bureau (ODB) has abandoned its plan to establish three “marine work yards” there, for construction of...

SOFA exempts U.S. pilots flying under the influence, aerobatics

March 18, 2019 Ryukyu Shimpo
By Yukito Toyama

U.S. military pilots who fly under the influence are not subject to Japanese law. On March 8, the Lower House Foreign Affairs Committee discussed the U.S. military’s exemption from most of Japan’s aviation laws.

Japan’s aviation...

Revision passed banning drones in the airspace above bases

Revision passed banning drones in the airspace above bases

 

March 6, 2019 Ryukyu Shimpo

 

Tokyo – The Japanese government passed a revision to a drone regulation law by executive order March 5, creating a no-fly zone for small-bodied drones in the airspace above Japanese Self Defense Force and U.S. military bases.

 

The...