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Okinawa Prefectural Assembly adopts protest resolution on stray bullet at Camp Hansen and parachute drop training in Kadena Base

Okinawa Prefectural Assembly adopts protest resolution on stray bullet at Camp Hansen and parachute drop training in Kadena Base

May 3, 2017 Ryukyu Shimpo

The Okinawa Prefectural Assembly held an extraordinary plenary session on May 2, and unanimously passed a protest resolution and an opinion letter asking for an investigation into the cause of the alleged stray bullet incident and prevention of a recurrence. At the Afuso Dam construction site in the U.S. military’s Camp Hansen, Onna Village, a bullet-like object, which hit and damaged a construction vehicle and a water tank, was recently found.

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Governor Onaga to seek injunction to block seawall construction for new US base off Henoko

Governor Onaga to seek injunction to block seawall construction for new US base off Henoko

April 26, 2017 Ryukyu Shimpo

The Japanese government began seawall construction off the coast of Henoko, Nago, where it plans to build a new U.S. airfield as a part of the relocation of U.S. Marine Corps Air Station Futenma in Ginowan, on April 25.

Following this move, the Okinawa Prefectural...

Transferring training of Osprey aircraft to other places has no effect, while the total number of take-off and landing operations increases at Futenma

Transferring training of Osprey aircraft to other places has no effect, while the total number of take-off and landing operations increases at Futenma

April 21, 2017 Ryukyu Shimpo

The Okinawa Prefectural Government (OPG) announced on April 21 the results of a survey on take-offs and landings of U.S. Marine Corps Air Station Futenma in Ginowan, which was conducted for the first time.
 
The OPG conducted the investigation at the...

Okinawa Prefecture to send a request for cooperation on the Henoko issue to environmental protection organizations

Okinawa Prefecture to send a request for cooperation on the Henoko issue to environmental protection organizations

April 11, 2017 Ryukyu Shimpo

Okinawa Prefecture will send a written statement to request that the International Conservation Union for Nature Conservation (IUCN) and the other main environmental protection organizations in Japan reach out to the Japanese government to take measures to avoid...

Dangers of MCAS Futenma remain unresolved 21 years after base return agreement

Dangers of MCAS Futenma remain unresolved 21 years after base return agreement

April 12, 2017 Ryukyu Shimpo

April 12 marked 21 years since the U.S. and Japanese governments agreed on the whole return of Futenma Air Station to Okinawa. Since the Futenma Air Station return plan set forth construction of a replacement facility in Henoko and therefore within Okinawa, Okinawans...

Okinawa prefectural government designs pamphlets to dispel misinformation on US bases issues

Okinawa prefectural government designs pamphlets to dispel misinformation on US bases issues

April 11, 2017 Ryukyu Shimpo

On April 10, the Okinawa prefectural government (OPG) finished producing question-and-answer format pamphlets presenting the problems at hand with U.S. military base issues in a way that is simple and easy-to-understand. Examples of misinformation and baseless allegations...

OPG orders central government to stop construction work in Henoko due to “inadequate explanation about the plan”

OPG orders central government to stop construction work in Henoko due to

March 29, 2017 Ryukyu Shimpo

On March 28, the Okinawa Prefectural Government (OPG) ordered the Okinawa Defense Bureau (ODB) to suspend the submerging of concrete blocks into the sea, which is part of work to set up silt protectors for the construction of a new U.S. base in Henoko, Nago City....

Okinawa governor may file suit if coral reef fracturing occurs without permission after April

Okinawa governor may file suit if coral reef fracturing occurs without permission after April

March 16, 2017 Ryukyu Shimpo

Okinawa Governor Takeshi Onaga made comment on the permit for fracturing reef rock as part of base construction in Henoko on the morning of March 16. The permit for fracturing the reef will expire at the end of March, and the Okinawa Defense Bureau has informed...

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...

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...

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