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US marines carry out MV-22 Osprey take-off and landing training for first time on new helipads in NTA

US marines carry out MV-22 Osprey take-off and landing training for first time on new helipads in NTA

July 11, 2017 Ryukyu Shimpo

At about 2:40 p.m. on July 11, a U.S. Marine MV-22 Osprey aircraft landed and took off from N1 and H helipads, recently built in the Northern Training Area in Higashi and Kunigami villages.

It is the first time the N1 and H helipads have been used for training. The Okinawa Defense Bureau confirmed that the aircraft had landed and taken off from the two helipads. However, the villages had no advanced notification about the training from the defense bureau.

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Okinawa governor, mayors of municipalities near Kadena airbase boycott change of command ceremony

Okinawa governor, mayors of municipalities near Kadena airbase boycott change of command ceremony

July 10, 2017 Ryukyu Shimpo

Kadena Air Base’s 18th Wing held a change of command ceremony on the morning of July 10, with Col. Case Cunningham relieving Brig. Gen. Barry R. Cornish.

Kadena Town Mayor Hiroshi Toyama, Okinawa City Mayor Sachio Kuwae, Chatan Town Mayor Masaharu Noguni...

Executive Office for the Governor of Okinawa states U.S. military will not be allowed use of Naha Airport as a condition for Futenma return

July 6, 2017 Ryukyu Shimpo

In regard to the fact that the United States military predicates the return of U.S. Marine Corps Air Station (MCAS) Futenma on the ability to use a civilian airport in case of emergencies, Kiichi Jahana, head of the Executive Office for the Governor of Okinawa, said...

U.S. base information gathered for Okinawa environmental records to plan smooth use of returned land

U.S. base information gathered for Okinawa environmental records to plan smooth use of returned land

June 28, 2017 Ryukyu Shimpo

The Okinawa Prefectural Department of Environmental Affairs has prepared foundational materials titled “U.S. Base Environmental Records”, which contain information regarding the use history of and accidents involving environmental pollution at U.S. military facilities...

Okinawan municipal leaders fear US exceptions to SOFA may set dangerous precedent

Okinawan municipal leaders fear US exceptions to SOFA may set dangerous precedent

June 30, 2017 Ryukyu Shimpo

On July 7 the Trilateral Liaison Council concerning U.S. Kadena Air Base, which consists of Kadena Town, Okinawa City, and Chatan Town, will go to Tokyo. There, the council will submit its appeal to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) and the Ministry of Defense...

Kadena Town Council adopts resolution against intense noise from congested Kadena Air Base

Kadena Town Council adopts resolution against intense noise from congested Kadena Air Base

July 4, 2017 Ryukyu Shimpo online edition

On the morning of July 4, the Kadena Town Council held an extraordinary session at which they unanimously adopted a resolution and statement of protest concerning intensified noise pollution from foreign aircraft flying into Kadena Air Base. It was...

Helipad construction budget swells 15 times initial estimate to 9 billion 440 million yen

Helipad construction budget swells 15 times initial estimate to 9 billion 440 million yen

June 20, 2017 Ryukyu Shimpo

The Japanese government’s initial budget for the construction of helipads in the Northern Training Area (NTA) encompassing four helipads on three construction sites was approximately 610 million yen. However, on June 19 it came to light that in large part due to...

Anger over anti-conspiracy law, citizens protest new Henoko base construction

Anger over anti-conspiracy law, citizens protest new Henoko base construction

June 15, 2017 Ryukyu Shimpo Digital Edition

On June 15 around noon, more than 30 construction vehicles were seen intermittently entering the U.S. military Camp Schwab. These vehicles are for relocating the U.S. military Futenma Air Station to Henoko, Nago City. About 100 citizens sat outside...

18,000 opposing Henoko base and conspiracy bill encircle Diet Building

18,000 opposing Henoko base and conspiracy bill encircle Diet Building

June 11, 2017 Ryukyu Shimpo

The group Stop! Henoko Umetate (also known as Stop! Henoko Land Reclamation) held a National Diet Building encirclement protest on the afternoon of June 10, requesting that the Japanese government abandon new base construction in Henoko, Nago, and scrap the bill...

Kariyushi shirts allowed and jacket not required in lower-house plenary session

Kariyushi shirts allowed and jacket not required in lower-house plenary session

June 7, 2017 Ryukyu Shimpo

The Lower House Plenary session confirmed it will allow both male and female members to participate in meetings in kariyushi shirts and without a jacket during the Cool Business period in the summer. The decision was made during the board meeting on June 7. The dress...

The U.S. and Japanese governments agree on facilities improvement at Camp Schwab

June 9, 2017 Ryukyu Shimpo

On June 6 at the joint U.S.-Japan Commission, the U.S. and Japanese governments reaffirmed their agreement to improve 23 facilities in the U.S. military Camp Schwab, including communication buildings and welfare facilities.

On June 6 at the Japan-U.S. Joint...