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Nago Mayor to visit the United States in May

Nago Mayor to visit the United States in May

April 10, 2014 Ryukyu Shimpo

On April 9, Nago Mayor Susumu Inamine announced plans to visit the United States in the middle of May to declare his opposition to the relocation of U.S. Marine Corps Futenma Air Station to Henoko in Nago.

He is still finalizing the details of his schedule, but tentatively confirmed the visit will take place from May 18 to 24. During his stay, he will meet US administration officials and inform them of the strong public opposition to the Henoko...

 

Ministry of Defense requests permission from Nago City to use Henoko fishing port for reclamation work for new base

April 14, 2014 Ryukyu Shimpo

The Okinawa Defense Bureau of the Ministry of Defense has asked the Nago City Office if it can use the Henoko fishing port as a storage space for reclamation materials as it pushes on with the plan to build an alternative facility for U.S. Marine Corps Air Station...

Yonaguni municipal government signs land lease contract with Ministry of Defense

April 1, 2014 Ryukyu Shimpo

On March 31, Yonaguni town officially leased its land to the Ministry of Defense. The Japanese government plans to station a Japan Ground Self-Defense Force coastal surveillance unit on Yonaguni Island. On April 19, the government will the groundbreaking ceremony....

Okinawa Defense Bureau selects companies to design the landfill site in Henoko

April 2, 2014 Ryukyu Shimpo

The Okinawa Defense Bureau has selected the companies it will commission to build a replacement base in Henoko, Nago, for U.S. Marine Corps Air Station Futenma. The defense bureau previously issued an advertisement for bids on this project. These works include research...

Ginowan City Assembly unanimously resolves to protest against continuing troubles and accidents involving U.S.military aircraft

March 27, 2014 Ryukyu Shimpo

In the regular meeting held on March 27, the Ginowan City Assembly unanimously passed a resolution and written opinion. They protested against continuing troubles and accidents involving the U.S. military aircraft. An MV-22 Osprey made an emergency landing at Kadena...

Japan’s largest legal experts group releases statement about revising SOFA

March 13, 2014 Ryukyu Shimpo

On March 12, the Japan Federation of Bar Associations held a press conference in Tokyo. The association released a statement about the Japan-U.S. Status-of-Forces Agreement (SOFA). It is the first time the association has released a statement about revising the...

Defense Minister estimates total cost of Henoko relocation at more than 350 billion yen

March 14, 2014 Ryukyu Shimpo

At the Upper House Foreign Affairs Defense Committee meeting on March 13, Defense Minister Itsunori Onodera stated that the total cost of moving U.S. Marine Corps Futenma Air Station to Henoko, Nago, would be at least 350 billion yen. It is the first time that the...

U.S. Congressional report warns against heavy-handed action by Tokyo or Washington on the Henoko landfill

February 27, 2014 Ryota Shimabukuro reports from Washington D.C.

The U.S. Congressional Research Service released a report entitled “Japan-U.S. Relations: Issues for Congress” on February 20. It praised Okinawa Governor Hirokazu Nakaima’s approval of the Henoko landfill because...

Naha Mayor claims Okinawan economy doesn’t depend on US bases

Naha Mayor claims Okinawan economy doesn’t depend on US bases

February 19, 2014 Ryukyu Shimpo

Naha Mayor Takeshi Onaga announced his administrative policy for the new fiscal year at a regular meeting of the City Council held on February 18.

Onaga talked about promoting the use of the land returned by the U.S. military. He said, “The Japanese...

English translation of environmental assessment report submitted to Marine Corps lacks information on dugongs

English translation of environmental assessment report submitted to Marine Corps lacks information on dugongs

February 9, 2014 Ryukyu Shimpo

Before February 8, the Okinawa Defense Bureau provided the U.S. Marine Corps with the application documents for the Henoko landfill to prepare for moving Futenma Air Station and the environmental impact assessment report. The bureau gave the Marine Corps the full...

Nago Mayor to visit U.S. to voice opposition to Henoko relocation plan

Nago Mayor to visit U.S. to voice opposition to Henoko relocation plan

February 14, 2014 Ryukyu Shimpo

In Tokyo on February 13, Nago Mayor Susumu Inamine held a press conference at the Foreign Correspondents’ Club of Japan for the first time. He announced to visit the United States as early as April. Reelected in the mayoral election, Inamine intends to...

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