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Onaga takes a cautious stance toward new crime prevention measures: “The problem is the overwhelming concentration of bases”

May 29, 2016 Ryukyu Shimpo

On May 28, Lieutenant General Lawrence Nicholson, Okinawa Area Coordinator for the U.S. military and the top official of the U.S. forces in Okinawa, spoke to Governor Takeshi Onaga by telephone. Lieutenant General Nicholson announced to Governor Onaga that in the wake of the arrest of a U.S. military employee for disposing of a woman’s body, the U.S. military in Okinawa have implemented new measures banning late-night excursions and alcohol consumption off base....

 

Arizona-based environmental organization makes statement against new US base construction in Okinawa

May 29, 2016 Ryukyu Shimpo

By Sakae Toiyama in Washington, D.C.

On May 26, Arizona-based environmental organization the Center for Biological Diversity issued a statement against the construction of a new U.S. base in Henoko in Nago, where the governments of Japan and the United States...

Obama not apologizing for alleged murder of Okinawan woman by ex-marine

May 26, 2016 Ryukyu Shimpo

By Ryota Nakamura

On the evening of May 25, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe met with United States President Obama in Shima of Mie Prefecture and held a joint press conference. Regarding the recent incident of a woman’s body being disposed of by a U.S. military...

Okinawa Prefectural Assembly demands removal of US Marines from Okinawa

Okinawa Prefectural Assembly demands removal of US Marines from Okinawa

May 27, 2016 Ryukyu Shimpo

At an extraordinary session of the Okinawa Prefectural Assembly opened on May 26, both the ruling party in the Assembly and those belonging to other parties unanimously agreed on a resolution of protest and a written argument against the recent incident of a woman’s...

Onaga asks US Senate chairperson to listen to Okinawan residents

May 19, 2016 Ryukyu Shimpo

Okinawa Governor Takeshi Onaga, who is currently visiting the U.S. held a meeting with Chairman of the Senate Committee on Appropriations Thad Cochran on May 17. Onaga requested that the U.S. government listen directly to Okinawan residents in order to resolve the...

Onaga asks, “Do you not think that under the U.S.-Japan Status of Forces Agreement, Japan’s independence is a myth?”

Onaga asks, “Do you not think that under the U.S.-Japan Status of Forces Agreement, Japan’s independence is a myth?”

May 24, 2016 Ryukyu Shimpo

On the morning of May 23, Governor Takeshi Onaga of Okinawa went to Tokyo to visit Kantei (the official residence of the Prime Minister) in order to make an appeal related to, and to protest, the recent discovery of Okinawan woman’s corpse that had been abandoned...

In wake of murder, Governor Onaga requests meeting with President Obama

In wake of murder, Governor Onaga requests meeting with President Obama

May 24, 2016Ryukyu Shimpo

Regarding the recent arrest of a U.S. military employee on suspicion of disposing of a woman’s body, Okinawa Governor Takeshi Onaga met with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on May 23 at the Prime Minister’s Official Residence in Tokyo. Onaga protested the incident,...

Okinawa Gov. Onaga meets with Walter Mondale, calling for cancellation of Henoko relocation

Okinawa Gov. Onaga meets with Walter Mondale, calling for cancellation of Henoko relocation

May 19, 2016 Ryukyu Shimpo
By Sakae Toiyama in Washington D.C.

On May 18, Okinawa Governor Takeshi Onaga met with former Vice President Walter Mondale, who served as Ambassador to Japan, while on an official trip to the United States. Then Prime Minister Ryutaro Hashimoto and then U.S....

US congressman suggests Henoko relocation can be changed

US congressman suggests Henoko relocation can be changed

May 28, 2016 Ryukyu Shimpo
By Hisao Tome in Washington D.C.

On May 16, in Washington D.C, Okinawa Governor Takeshi Onaga met with four members of the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives.

According to Governor Onaga, Tom Cole (R-Okla.), a member of the House Appropriations...

Former Prime Minister Hatoyama encourages sit-in protesters in front of Camp Schwab

Former Prime Minister Hatoyama encourages sit-in protesters in front of Camp Schwab

May 7, 2016 Ryukyu Shimpo

On the morning of May 7, former Prime Minister Yukio Hatoyama visited the sit-in-protest site in front of the gate of Camp Schwab at Henoko in Nago. He encouraged citizens staging a protest against the construction of a new U.S. base, which is part of plans to relocate...

Okinawa Defense Bureau begins float removal around Henoko

Okinawa Defense Bureau begins float removal around Henoko

May 1, 2016 Ryukyu Shimpo

At 7:20 a.m. on April 30, the Okinawa Defense Bureau began the process of removing the floats and oil fence that had been put up to demarcate the off-limits zone in the bay off the coast of Henoko. The off-limits zone was established to facilitate the construction...