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Overseas U.S. military installations reduced by 247 since 2008, but only by three in Japan with Marine Corps remaining concentrated in Okinawa

November 27, 2018 Ryukyu Shimpo

Special correspondent Yukiyo Zaha reports from Washington DC
 
On November 26, the Ryukyu Shimpo learned that although the total number of U.S. military installations outside of the United States has decreased more than 30 percent from 761 installations in the last ten years, U.S. military installations in Japan have decreased by only three. According to the base structure report compiled by the U.S. Department of Defense for the U.S. 2018 fiscal...

 

Gov. Tamaki calls for trilateral talks with Japanese and US governments to resolve Henoko relocation issue

Gov. Tamaki calls for trilateral talks with Japanese and US governments to resolve Henoko relocation issue

 

November 16, 2018 Ryukyu Shimpo

By Washington Special Correspondent Yukiyo Zaha

 

While visiting Washington, on November 14 (November 15 in Japan) Governor Denny Tamaki met with Acting Deputy Assistant Secretary of State Mark Knapper and Acting Director for...

While visiting the United States, Governor Tamaki meets with United Nations Under-Secretary-General of Disarmament Affairs, appeals for “making Okinawa the buffer zone of peace.”

While visiting the United States, Governor Tamaki meets with United Nations Under-Secretary-General of Disarmament Affairs, appeals for “making Okinawa the buffer zone of peace.”

November 14, 2018 Ryukyu Shimpo

By Special Correspondent Yukiyo Zaha

New York – As part of his first official trip to the United States in office, Governor Denny Tamaki met with United Nations Under-Secretary-General of Disarmament Affairs Izumi Nakamitsu on the evening of November...

Okinawa makes first-ever request to end shared use of dams, citing no U.S. military training there in 30 years

there in 30 years

November 11, 2018 Ryukyu Shimpo

At a meeting with Defense Minister Takeshi Iwaya, Okinawa Governor Denny Tamaki requested an end to shared use by Japan and the U.S. of the Fukuji Dam inside the U.S. military’s Northern Training Area and the Kanna Dam inside the U.S....

Third-generation Okinawan Ige wins gubernatorial re-election for second term by 110,000 votes

Third-generation Okinawan Ige wins gubernatorial re-election for second term by 110,000 votes

November 8, 2018 Ryukyu Shimpo

 

On November 6, third-generation Okinawan and incumbent Hawaii Governor David Ige (D) was re-elected in the gubernatorial election.

He received a total of 236,574 votes, a huge difference from the 109,857 votes received by State Representative...

Motobu rejects Japanese government’s use of quays at Motobu Port due to damage by typhoon

Motobu rejects Japanese government’s use of quays at Motobu Port due to damage by typhoon

 

November 3, 2018 Ryukyu Shimpo

 

Motobu – The Motobu town government, which recently rejected a quay use application...

Governor Tamaki to make first trip to the U.S. to raise awareness about the Henoko base issue in his “father’s country”

 

November 6, 2018 Ryukyu Shimpo

By Shoichiro Yonamine

Just over a month since taking office, Okinawa Governor Denny Tamaki will set out on his first trip to the United States.

The newly elected governor will visit New York and Washington D.C. as part of a five-day...

National government’s petition for injunction against Henoko permit withdrawal “unlawful,” say 110 administrative law experts in public statement

National government’s petition for injunction against Henoko permit withdrawal “unlawful,” say 110 administrative law experts in public statement

 

October 27, 2018 Ryukyu Shimpo

 

(Tokyo) On October 26, 110 administrative law experts from around the country published a statement criticizing the Okinawa Defense Bureau’s submission to the Minister of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism of a request for...

Naha Mayoral Election 10/21 “Putting Naha residents’ happiness first”–Shiroma renews pledge upon re-election, contemplates Onaga’s memory

Naha Mayoral Election 10/21 “Putting Naha residents’ happiness first”--Shiroma renews pledge upon re-election, contemplates Onaga’s memory

 

October 22, 2018 Ryukyu Shimpo

 

“Yes, yes, yes!” When her re-election was announced on television at 8:00 p.m., Mikiko Shiroma, 67, struck a victory pose, pumping her fist in the air.

Cheers and whistles erupted at her campaign office in Matsuyama, Naha...

Japan requests injunction overturning Henoko permit revocation, trampling Okinawans’ wishes

Japan requests injunction overturning Henoko permit revocation, trampling Okinawans’ wishes

October 17, 2018 Ryukyu Shimpo online edition

On October 17 starting at 4:40 p.m. Governor Denny Tamaki answered questions from a group of reporters at the Prefectural Office. He spoke about the central government’s request for an injunction to overturn revocation of the land reclamation...

Removing helipads now a pledge by Nago City Mayor Toguchi

Removing helipads now a pledge by Nago City Mayor Toguchi

October 16, 2018 Ryukyu Shimpo
By Ayako Sakaguchi

On October 15, Okinawa Prefecture Nago City Mayor Taketoyo Toguchi declared he will work to remove all seven helipads within U.S. military Camp Schwab. During the city council plenary meeting, he declared he would “strongly appeal”...