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Vice governor protests the government for the fall of F-15 machine part

Vice governor protests the government for the fall of F-15 machine part

 

March 9, 2018 Ryukyu Shimpo

 

Regarding the fall of a machine part from an F-15 combat plane from the U.S. Kadena air force base, it was revealed on March 8 that it took six days for the headquarters of the 18th Air Wing to acknowledge the accident after it had occurred.

Chief of the Okinawa Defense Bureau, Koichiro Nakajima, explained after he was called to the Prefectural Government office on March 8.

The Ambassador in charge of Okinawan Affairs,...

 

Okinawa Defense Bureau releases report expressing doubt over Henoko construction site being over active fault line and on weak ground

Okinawa Defense Bureau releases report expressing doubt over Henoko construction site being over active fault line and on weak ground

 

March 7, 2018 Ryukyu Shimpo

By Ikue Nakaima

 

A report by the Okinawa Defense Bureau (ODB) obtained March 6, detailing the results of a geological survey conducted on the undersea portion of the area designated for new base construction in Henoko, Nago, clearly...

Foreign Affairs Vice-Minister Akiba denies making his 2009 statement that proposing nuclear storage site on Okinawa or Guam would be “persuasive,” recorded in U.S. Congressional memo

Foreign Affairs Vice-Minister Akiba denies making his 2009 statement that proposing nuclear storage site on Okinawa or Guam would be “persuasive,” recorded in U.S. Congressional memo

March 6, 2018 Ryukyu Shimpo
By Washington Special Correspondent Yukiyo Zaha

The U.S. Congress established the Congressional Commission on U.S. Strategic Posture, chaired by former Secretary of Defense William Perry. This Commission was tasked with developing the former Obama administration’s...

Prefectural Assembly repeats request for closure of Futenma stating, “Okinawa is not a colony”

Prefectural Assembly repeats request for closure of Futenma stating, “Okinawa is not a colony”

 

February 22, 2018 Ryukyu Shimpo

 

On February 21, the Okinawa Prefectural Assembly unanimously adopted a written statement and protest resolution requesting the immediate closure of Futenma Air Station.

These were adopted in response to a Futenma Air Station...

“Would you build it in Lake Towada, Matsushima, or Lake Biwa?” Governor Takeshi Onaga says base relocation “For political purposes,” urges Diet committee to reconsider

“Would you build it in Lake Towada, Matsushima, or Lake Biwa?” Governor Takeshi Onaga says base relocation “For political purposes,” urges Diet committee to reconsider

 

February 21, 2018 Ryukyu Shimpo

 

Okinawa Governor Takeshi Onaga held a conference to exchange ideas with Japan’s...

Minister of Defense says internal communication delays by U.S. military caused late reporting on dropped Osprey engine intake, no apology from U.S. military

Minister of Defense says internal communication delays by U.S. military caused late reporting on dropped Osprey engine intake, no apology from U.S. military

 

February 16, 2018 Ryukyu Shimpo

 

Tokyo – Japanese Minister of Defense Itsunori Onodera spoke at a press conference concerning the accident wherein an engine intake falling from an MV-22 Osprey February 16.

Regarding the issue of the late notification from...

Former Defense Minister Kyuma doubts need for Henoko base due to military technological advancements

Former Defense Minister Kyuma doubts need for Henoko base due to military technological advancements

 

February 11, 2018 Ryukyu Shimpo

 

Former Minister of Defense Fumio Kyuma, who was also the director-general of the Defense Agency at the time of the Special Action Committee on Okinawa (SACO) final report and when the agreement to build on the shore on Camp Schwab...

Newcomer Taketoyo Toguchi defeats incumbent Susumu Inamine by 3,458 votes in Nago City mayoral Election

Newcomer Taketoyo Toguchi defeats incumbent Susumu Inamine by 3,458 votes in Nago City mayoral Election

February 4, 2018 Ryukyu Shimpo Digital Edition

The Nago City mayoral election, which has become a major battleground in the ongoing dispute over the relocation of MCAS Futenma to Henoko, went to the polls on February 4. Newcomer Taketoyo Toguchi 56, won the election with 20,389 votes. Toguchi...

Okinawa Prefectural Assembly passes resolution asking for immediate closure of MCAS Futenma

 

February 2, 2018 Ryukyu Shimpo

 

On January 1 the Okinawa Prefectural Assembly unanimously adopted a protest resolution and written statement at an extraordinary session in response to issues with U.S. military helicopters.

These issues include recent successive...

Fumiaki Matsumoto resigns from role as vice minister after jeer about recent U.S. military helicopter trouble

January 27, 2018 Ryukyu Shimpo

Fumiaki Matsumoto, vice minister for the Cabinet Office from the Liberal Democratic Party (LDP), tendered his resignation to Prime Minister Shinzo Abe the afternoon of January 26, one day after inappropriately mocking the recent U.S. military helicopter troubles...

Okinawa Prefectural Assembly calls to suspend Futenma Air Station operations, clearly announcing deadline for the first time

Okinawa Prefectural Assembly calls to suspend Futenma Air Station operations, clearly announcing deadline for the first time

 

January 19, 2018 Ryukyu Shimpo

 

In response to consecutive emergency landings of U.S. Marine Corps helicopters, the Okinawa Prefectural Assembly held an extraordinary plenary session on the morning of January 19 and unanimously passed a protest resolution and opinion...