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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 the U.S., he commented that, “The III Marine Expeditionary Force (III MEF) was not quick in notifying U.S. Forces Japan central command,” indicating that the cause of the late notification was due...

 

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...

U.S. Helicopters fly over Okinawan Elementary School despite agreement to avoid the airspace reached in wake of window-dropping incident

 

January 18, 2018 Ryukyu Shimpo

 

The Japanese Ministry of Defense announced on the afternoon of January 18 that three U.S. military helicopters flew over Futenma Daini Elementary School in Ginowan City earlier that day.

It was the same elementary school where,...

Governor Onaga will keep requesting suspension of all U.S. military flights after consecutive emergency landings

Governor Onaga will keep requesting suspension of all U.S. military flights after consecutive emergency landings

 

January 9, 2018 Ryukyu Shimpo

 

On the morning of January 9 Governor Takeshi Onaga gave his response to the recent consecutive emergency landings of U.S. Marine Corps helicopters on Ikeijima and in Yomitan Village.

He said, “I am truly at a loss for words....

Forced landing of U.S. military aircraft results in unanimous decision by Uruma City Council

Forced landing of U.S. military aircraft results in unanimous decision by Uruma City Council

 

At 10:00 a.m. on January 11,

 

Uruma City Council President Seizen Ohya held an emergency meeting.

In this meeting, the city council unanimously came to a decision and created a memorandum regarding the forced landing of an U.S. military aircraft that took place...

U.S. think tank researcher Doug Bandow visits Ginowan to see how Okinawans live face to face with U.S. military aircraft trouble

U.S. think tank researcher Doug Bandow visits Ginowan to see how Okinawans live face to face with U.S. military aircraft trouble

 

January 9, 2018 Ryukyu Shimpo

 

On...

1972 U.S. Embassy proposal to review U.S.-Japan Joint Committee framework blocked by military

1972 U.S. Embassy proposal to review U.S.-Japan Joint Committee framework blocked by military

 

January 3, 2018 Ryukyu Shimpo

 

By Washington Special Correspondent Yukiyo Zaha and Ryota Shimabukuro

 

It recently came to light through declassified official U.S. documents that in May 1972, with the reversion of Okinawa to Japanese sovereignty...