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Okinawa Governor asks for construction work of US base to be halted while panel examines its legality

Okinawa Governor asks for construction work of US base to be halted while panel examines its legality

January 27, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo

On January 26, Okinawa Governor Takeshi Onaga set up an independent panel to verify whether there is a legal flaw or not in then-Governor Hirokazu Nakaima’s approval of landfill in Henoko, Nago. The governments of Japan and the United States plan to move U.S. Marine Corps Air Station Futenma to Henoko. The panel consists of lawyers and scholars. Vice Governor Mitsuo Agena asked the Director of Okinawa Defense Bureau Kazunori Inoue to halt work on the...

 

Coast Guard officer takes excessive action against female citizen: JCG denies the accusation

Coast Guard officer takes excessive action against female citizen: JCG denies the accusation

January 23, 2014 Ryukyu Shimpo

In Oura Bay, Nago, a 51-year-old female filmmaker Asako Kageyama was on a ship protesting against the plan to build an alternative base in Henoko, Nago, for U.S. Marine Corp Air Station Futenma in Ginowan. When Kageyma was filming offshore construction being carried...

Tonaki Village Council protests against parts of US Marine helicopter falling near Tonaki

January 22, 2014 Ryukyu Shimpo

Parts of a U.S. Marine AH- attack helicopter belonging to the Futenma base fell during flight in training airspace near Irisuna Island, Tonaki on January 15. The parts weighed more than 200 kilograms, including a hellfire missile launcher. In a meeting held on...

US Army to return Gesaji Communication Site

December 28, 2014 Ryukyu Shimpo

The U.S. Army in Okinawa will return Gesaji Communication Site, which is located in Gesaji, Higashi, on Feburary 27, 2015. Okinawa Defense Bureau made the announcement on December 25. This communication site is a Long-Range Navigation (LRN) transmitting station....

Island-Wide Council to appeal to United Nations and United States

Island-Wide Council to appeal to United Nations and United States

December 24, 2014 Ryukyu Shimpo

On December 23, the “Island-Wide Council for Leading to the Future and Realizing the Okinawa Statement” held its first general assembly. The council was formed by citizens and intellectuals from Okinawan politics, industry, workforce and citizens’...

Okinawa Prefectural Assembly asks for cancellation of new US base in Henoko

December 25, 2014 Ryukyu Shimpo

On December 24 Okinawa Prefectural Assembly passed a resolution and written opinion asking for the cancellation of construction of a new US base in Henoko, Nago. They were passed with a majority made up of the ruling party and Komei party members. The resolution...

Governor Onaga to set up investigation team on former governor’s approval of Henoko landfill

Governor Onaga to set up investigation team on former governor’s approval of Henoko landfill

December 22, 2014 Ryukyu Shimpo

Okinawa Governor Takeshi Onaga gave an interview to media outlets at the Okinawa Prefectural Government (OPG) Office building on December 22. Onaga said he would set up a team to look into the Henoko landfill approval by former Governor Hirokazu Nakaima. The...

Newly elected House of Representatives members report their victories to residents’ sit-in Henoko

Newly elected House of Representatives members report their victories to residents’ sit-in Henoko

December 16, 2014 Ryukyu Shimpo

On December 16, Seiken Akamine, Kantoku Teruya, Denny Tamaki and Toshinobu Nakazato, who were elected in single-seat constituencies in Okinawa’s House of Representatives poll, visited the sit-in protest site at U.S. Marine Camp Schwab. About 70 citizens cheered...

Henoko protesters celebrate anti-US base candidates winning all seats in Okinawa in Lower House election

Henoko protesters celebrate anti-US base candidates winning all seats in Okinawa in Lower House election

December 15, 2014 Ryukyu Shimpo

On the morning of December 15 overnight after a national House of Representatives election, underwater research activities by the Okinawa Defense Bureau were confirmed off the coast of Camp Schwab in the Henoko district of Nago. The U.S. and Japanese governments...

Anti-US base candidates win all seats in Okinawa in Lower House election

Anti-US base candidates win all seats in Okinawa in Lower House election

December 14, 2014 Ryukyu Shimpo

Four candidates opposing construction of a new base won the Okinawan seats in the House of Representatives election on December 14. Following the election of a base-opposed governor in November, the issue of relocating U.S. Marine Corp Air Station Futenma in...

Governor Onaga sworn in, says he will fulfill his pledge to stop construction of US base

Governor Onaga sworn in, says he will fulfill his pledge to stop construction of US base

December 10, 2014 Ryukyu Shimpo

On December 10, at an inauguration press conference held at the prefectural government office, new Okinawa Governor Takeshi Onaga vowed to fulfill his pledge. He ran the gubernatorial race on a platform to oppose the relocation of U.S. Marine Corp Air Station...

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