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Ministry of Defense considers establishing depot in Okinawa at JGSDF Vice-Camp Katsuren

 

July 3, 2018 Ryukyu Shimpo

 

It recently came to light that the Ministry of Defense (MOD) is considering locations in Okinawa for depots to store ammunition and other resources for Japan’s Ground Self-Defense Forces (JGSDF). Establishing such a depot at JGSDF Vice-Camp Katsuren in Uruma City is a plan that the MOD is highly considering.

 

Also, the MOD wants to simultaneously introduce transport ships to carry Self-Defense Forces (SDF)...

 

August prefectural rally against Henoko soil deposits expected to draw over 30,000 participants

 

June 21, 2018 Ryukyu Shimpo

 

The Okinawa Prefectural Government (OPG) has received notification from the Okinawa Defense Bureau (ODB) that depositing soil into the ocean will commence on August 17 as part of the construction of a replacement facility for Futenma Air...

Okinawa and Japan renew their tensions at memorial ceremony over base issue

Okinawa and Japan renew their tensions at memorial ceremony over base issue

 

June 24, 2018 Ryukyu Shimpo

 

By Ryota Shimabukuro and Kenichi Yoshida

 

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Higashi Village Assembly demands nearby U.S. military helipads be removed, claiming, “The training are increasing, and residents live in fear”

 

June 21, 2018 Ryukyu Shimpo

 

Higashi Village – The Higashi Village assembly in Okinawa (Toshiyuki Awa, Chairman)...

Prefectural referendum might be held after November gubernatorial election

Prefectural referendum might be held after November gubernatorial election

 

June 15, 2018 Ryukyu Shimpo

By Ryota Shimabukuro

 

On June 14, it came to light that a prefectural referendum could take place, which might throw the certainty of land reclamation in Henoko into question.

If the referendum is held it will be after the...

U.S. military tells prefectural government to lodge objection through Japanese government

U.S. military tells prefectural government to lodge objection through Japanese government

 

June 15, 2018 Ryukyu Shimpo

 

On June 16, the Okinawa Prefectural Government (OPG) revealed that when it called to lodge an objection about the crash of an F-15 fighter aircraft stationed at the United States Air Force Kadena Air Base, the 18th Air Wing of Kadena Base...

Nago City Mayor Toguchi acknowledges Henoko base construction for the first time, stresses need to protect the environment

June 13, 2018 Ryukyu Shimpo

 

Nago – For the first time since taking office, Mayor Taketoyo Toguchi acknowledged that base construction in Henoko was progressing on June 12, commenting, “I believe that it is progressing with attention being paid to the environment, and I definitely...

Three U.S. Air Force CV-22 Ospreys land at Kadena Air Base in first trip to Okinawa, two planes must make emergency landing at Amami Airport

Three U.S. Air Force CV-22 Ospreys land at Kadena Air Base in first trip to Okinawa, two planes must make emergency landing at Amami Airport

June 4, 2018 Ryukyu Shimpo Digital Edition

Three U.S. Air Force CV-22 Osprey transport aircraft stationed at Yokota Air Base landed one after the other at Kadena Air Base in Okinawa in the afternoon June 4. This is the first time that the CV-22 has come to Okinawa.

The first CV-22 landed...

After outcry from LDP members citing a conflict with the effort to reduce the burden of military bases on Okinawa, policy paper edited to change “U.S. military” to simply “the U.S.” in English education policy statement

May 31, 2018 Ryukyu Shimpo

Tokyo –In a policy paper submitted by the Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) to the necessary ministries in hopes of the policy suggestions being reflected in the “Big-Boned Policy,” a set of policy guidelines to determine economic and fiscal management, it was...

Namie Amuro wins Okinawa Prefectural People’s Honor Award

Namie Amuro wins Okinawa Prefectural People’s Honor Award

 

May 23, 2018 Ryukyu Shimpo

 

On May 23, Governor Takeshi Onaga gave the Okinawa Prefectural People’s Honor Award to 40-year-old Namie Amuro, a singer from Okinawa who plans to retire in September.

At the award ceremony at the Okinawa Prefectural Office, Governor...

Onaga announces plan to resume work following removal of cancerous tumor

Onaga announces plan to resume work following removal of cancerous tumor

 

May 15, 2018 Ryukyu Shimpo online edition

 

On May 15 at 1:30 p.m., Governor Takeshi Onaga held a press conference at the Prefectural Office, where he released information about his surgery and physical health.

That morning he was discharged from a hospital...