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Governor Tamaki asks new LDP President Suga for opportunity to “resolve through dialogue” the Henoko base issue etc.

Governor Tamaki asks new LDP President Suga for opportunity to “resolve through dialogue” the Henoko base issue etc.

September 14, 2020 Ryukyu Shimpo Digital Edition

On the afternoon of September 14, Okinawa’s Governor Denny Tamaki stated, regarding the election of Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga as the new president of the Liberal Democratic Party, “The new President Suga prides himself on having worked hard to reduce the burden of bases on Okinawa as a person in charge of base burden reduction. I hope to see him continue to work for a realistic reduction of the base burden, and also to sincerely...

 

ODB-released 2019 map shows that U.S. military aircraft flights differed from stipulated air routes

ODB-released 2019 map shows that U.S. military aircraft flights differed from stipulated air routes

September 10, 2020 Ryukyu Shimpo

Concerning the investigation in which the flight paths of U.S. military aircraft that took off from and landed at Futenma Air Station were recorded, on September 9 in the Okinawa Defense Bureau (ODB) newsroom, the ODB released a 2019 month-by-month map of the...

“I have no words,” says Governor Tamaki of revelation that barbecue was cause of PFOS leak from U.S. base

“I have no words,” says Governor Tamaki of revelation that barbecue was cause of PFOS leak from U.S. base

September 7, 2020 Ryukyu Shimpo

 

On September 7, Okinawa’s Governor Denny Tamaki spoke critically with regard to the revelation that a barbecue held by U.S. soldiers was the cause of the fluorocarbon (PFAS)-containing firefighting foam leak from Marine Corps Air Station Futenma...

Footage of new military base construction captured at Henoko ahead of drone restrictions

Footage of new military base construction captured at Henoko ahead of drone restrictions

September 6, 2020 Ryukyu Shimpo

On September 3 and 4, ahead of regulations to restrict news reporting by drones over some of the U.S. military bases in Okinawa, Ryukyu Shimpo journalists captured aerial footage of Camp Hansen and the Camp Schwab coast, where the new Henoko base is under construction....

Hiroshi Miyata calculates 324 billion yen and 23,000 jobs worth of missed economic benefit from Okinawa Defense Bureau placing construction orders outside of the prefecture

Hiroshi Miyata calculates 324 billion yen and 23,000 jobs worth of missed economic benefit from Okinawa Defense Bureau placing construction orders outside of the prefecture

August 25, 2020 Ryukyu Shimpo

Hiroshi Miyata, research fellow at Okinawa University and Okinawa International University, has been analyzing the Okinawa Defense Bureau’s (ODB) construction costs, noting that around half of their construction orders were placed with companies outside of Okinawa,...

Worldwide Uchinanchu Festival to be postponed until October 2022

September 1, 2020 Ryukyu Shimpo

Due to the impacts of the novel coronavirus pandemic, the Okinawan government has proposed before August 31 to delay the 7th Worldwide Uchinanchu Festival by a full year. The festival was originally scheduled for October 2021. The prefecture contacted the approximately...

Agreement on north-side plan for Naha Military Port relocation raises concerns of intensification of military functions; design and functions to be discussed going forward

Agreement on north-side plan for Naha Military Port relocation raises concerns of intensification of military functions; design and functions to be discussed going forward

August 24, 2020 Ryukyu Shimpo

The Okinawa Prefectural Government and Naha and Urasoe municipal governments came to a de facto agreement on the relocation to Urasoe of the U.S. military’s Naha Port Facility (Naha Military Port), agreeing that the replacement facility will be built on the north...

Drones help news reporting on Schwab and impacts of military exercises

Drones help news reporting on Schwab and impacts of military exercises

August 8, 2020 Ryukyu Shimpo

Ryukyu Shimpo utilizes drones to report on U.S. military base issues in Okinawa, such as functional enhancements made to the bases, and the extents of any damages caused by the military. Specifically, drones flying over the waters near Camp Schwab in Henoko, Nago...

MOD designates U.S. military bases, such as Camp Schwab, for first time as subject to Drone Act

MOD designates U.S. military bases, such as Camp Schwab, for first time as subject to Drone Act

August 7, 2020 Ryukyu Shimpo online edition

On August 7 the Ministry of Defense (MOD) designated 15 U.S. military bases, such as Camp Schwab and Kadena Air Base, as sites subject to the Drone Act, under which the flight of drones is prohibited. This is the first time U.S. military bases have...

Okinawa Prefectural Government to team with OIST in coronavirus antibody survey

July 21, 2020 Ryukyu Shimpo

On July 15, the Okinawa Chubu Central Hospital started collecting specimens for antibody surveys to be carried out by the Okinawa Prefectural Government in partnership with the Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology (OIST) for a survey of the state of coronavirus...

Governor Tamaki requests U.S. military suspend transfer of personnel from the U.S. to Okinawa amid coronavirus outburst on U.S. bases

Governor Tamaki requests U.S. military suspend transfer of personnel from the U.S. to Okinawa amid coronavirus outburst on U.S. bases

July 16, 2020 Ryukyu Shimpo

Tokyo – Okinawa Governor Denny Tamaki visited the Prime Minister’s Office, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MoFA), and the Ministry of Defense (MoD) on July 15, to compose an official request demanding the U.S. institute policies to thoroughly administer PCR...