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Shimagurumi delegation to visit US, tell US congress members about governor’s revocation of Henoko landfill

Shimagurumi delegation to visit US, tell US congress members about governor’s revocation of Henoko landfill

October 19, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo

Now that Governor Takeshi Onaga has revoked authorization for the land reclamation needed to proceed with the construction of a new U.S. base in Henoko, Nago to replace Marine Corps Air Station Futenma, it has been decided that on November 15, members of the “Island-Wide Council for Leading to the Future and Realizing the Okinawa Statement “or Shimagurumikaigi will travel to the United States to announce Onaga’s policy and call for the cancellation of...

 

Government panel members received 11 million yen from contractors to build new US base in Henoko

October 20, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo

Three experts of the 13 members of an environmental oversight panel set up by the Okinawa Defense Bureau of the Ministry of Defense have received donations totalling 11 million yen from the companies that received orders to build a new U.S. base in Henoko, Nago,...

Opposition to base burden increases due to Osprey training in Okinawa

October 15, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo

On October 14, officials from the Okinawa Defense Bureau (ODB) visited prefectural offices and the towns and cities hosting base compounds, announcing that beginning in 2017 U.S. Air Force CV-22 Osprey vertical take-off and landing aircraft deployed from Yokota...

Okinawa Defense Bureau asks prefectural government to relocate hermit crabs in preparation for Henoko construction

October 16, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo

On October 15, it was discovered that the Okinawa Defense Bureau sent a request to the Okinawa Prefectural Board of Education asking for permission to capture and relocate Coenobita hermit crabs, designated a natural monument by the national government, in advance...

Nighttime Osprey flights double, conflicting with claims of burden reduction

October 8, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo

On October 7, the Okinawa Defense Bureau announced the results of a survey calculating the activity of MV-22 Osprey aircraft and helicopters at Marine Corps Air Station Futenma during fiscal 2014 (April 2014-March 2015). Osprey takeoffs numbered 1,368, and landings...

US Military and JSDF to permanently use Okidaito Island for military operations

October 7, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo

The U.S. and Japanese government agreed upon sharing with the U.S. military the water and air area around Okidaito Island of Kitadaito Village, which currently hosts a U.S. military shooting range, at the joint U.S.-Japan commission on October 6. The area will...

181 environmental groups support governor Onaga’s revocation of Henoko approval

October 8, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo

One hundred eighty-one environmental organizations, including international environmental NGO FoE Japan, released a joint statement supporting Okinawa Governor Takeshi Onaga. Onaga revoked the approval to reclaim land for the relocation of the U.S. Marine Corps’...

Gov. Onaga revokes former governor’s approval of landfill in Henoko

Gov. Onaga revokes former governor's approval of landfill in Henoko

October 13, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo

In the morning of October 13, Okinawa Governor Takeshi Onaga revoked his predecessor’s approval of landfill in Henoko, Nago. In Henoko, the governments of Japan and the United States are advancing their plan to build a base to replace U.S. Marine Corps Air Station...

US and Japan sign environmental agreement, but no obligations placed on US

September 30, 2015 Sakae Toiyama of Ryukyu Shimpo reports from Washington D.C.

On the afternoon of September 28, the governments of the United States and Japan concluded a supplementary environmental agreement regarding the performance of on-site surveys within US military base compounds. Japanese...

Henoko not referred to as “the only” option for MCAS Futenma relocation in final NDAA bill

October 1, 2015 Sakae Toiyama of Ryukyu Shimpo reports from Washington D.C.

On September 29, the US Congress Joint Committee on Armed Services presented the final version of the National Defense Authority Act (NDAA) for Fiscal Year 2016 (October 2015-September 2016). The previous House of Representatives...

Kanehide Group Chairman energizes Henoko protesters

Kanehide Group Chairman energizes Henoko protesters

October 1, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo

In front of the gate at Camp Schwab in Nago, citizens continue to stage a sit-in-protest against the construction of an alternative base for U.S. Marine Corps Futenma Air Station, which the Japanese and US governments want to relocate to Oura Bay, off the coast...