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Onaga sends notice of cancellation, government to resume Henoko construction

Onaga sends notice of cancellation, government to resume Henoko construction

December 26, 2016 Ryukyu Shimpo

At 1:30 p.m. on December 26, Okinawa Governor Takeshi Onaga held a press conference at Naha Airport and announced that he had begun procedures to cancel his cancellation of authorization to reclaim land in Henoko, Nago City. Onaga cancelled the authorization in October of last year. On the same day, the Okinawa prefectural government sent notice of the cancellation to the Okinawa Defense Bureau. As soon as the notice reaches the Defense Bureau, former Governor...

 

Okinawa Prefectural Assembly passes protest resolution over December 13 Osprey crash

Okinawa Prefectural Assembly passes protest resolution over December 13 Osprey crash

December 22, 2016 Ryukyu Shimpo

On December 22, at the Prefectural Assembly’s final regular meeting of the year, the protest resolution and written opinion proposed by the ruling party passed by majority. As a strong protest to the Osprey crash on December 13, the resolution demands the...

U.S. Veterans for Peace officially oppose Henoko construction, ask for nationwide support

December 11, 2016 Ryukyu Shimpo
Washington Special Correspondent Sakae Toiyama reporting
Veterans for Peace (VFP), a peace organization created by retired military service people with 120 chapters throughout the U.S. passed a pair or resolutions concerning military base construction in...

Nago Mayor demands withdrawal of US Marine MV-22 Osprey from Okinawa

Nago Mayor demands withdrawal of US Marine MV-22 Osprey from Okinawa

December 16, 2016 Ryukyu Shimpo

On December 16, Vice-Minister of Defense Kenji Wakamiya visited the Nago city office to apologize to Mayor Susumu Inamine after an MV-22 Osprey vertical takeoff and landing aircraft belonging to the Futenma base in Ginowan crashed into shallow water off the coast...

Onaga calls for removal of “defective” Osprey; government refuses to cancel land return ceremony

Onaga calls for removal of “defective” Osprey; government refuses to cancel land return ceremony

December 16, 2016 Ryukyu Shimpo

After the recent Osprey crash, on December 15, Governor Takeshi Onaga visited Minister of Defense Tomomi Inada at the Ministry of Defense. In his meeting with Inada, Onaga called the Osprey, which has seen continuous problems such as belly landings, a defective...

Nago mayor takes a swipe at central government over MV-22 osprey crash

Nago mayor takes a swipe at central government over MV-22 osprey crash

December 14, 2016 Ryukyu Shimpo

On December 14, Nago City Mayor Susumu Inamine spoke to reporters after a U.S. marine MV-22 Osprey crashed into shallow water near Abu in Nago on December 13. He told them, ” The thing that we feared has taken place.”

The mayor said, “It...

More than 100 send letter to US president asking for stop to Takae helipad construction

More than 100 send letter to US president asking for stop to Takae helipad construction

December 8, 2016 Ryukyu Shimpo

(Tokyo) On December 7, more than 100 Diet members, academics, artists, civil society groups and the like submitted an urgent open letter to U.S. President Barack Obama demanding a stop to the construction of helipads in Okinawa with disregard to the environmental...

Director Isao Takahata makes appeal to (the President), requesting halt on Takae Helipad construction in open letter signed by over 100 people

Director Isao Takahata makes appeal to (the President), requesting halt on Takae Helipad construction in open letter signed by over 100 people

December 6 2016 Ryukyu Shimpo

With the handover of the majority of land occupied by the U.S. military in the Northern Training Area (NTA) in Okinawa set to take place at the end of the month, over 100 people representing 27 groups including members of the Diet, scholars, celebrities, and citizens...

Airstrip expansion and helipad construction at Ie Jima Auxiliary Airfield proceeding steadily

Airstrip expansion and helipad construction at Ie Jima Auxiliary Airfield proceeding steadily

December 2, 2016 Ryukyu Shimpo

The expansion work on the airstrip simulating an LHD deck within Ie Jima Auxiliary Airfield is steadily progressing. It is believed that this construction is in preparation for takeoff and landing training of state-of-the-art F-35 stealth fighters , which are...

Prefectural Police arrest January protest suspects, search protest-related locations

Prefectural Police arrest January protest suspects, search protest-related locations

November 30, 2016 Ryukyu Shimpo

On November 29, the Okinawa Prefectural Police and the Nago Police Station arrested four people including Chairman Hiroji Yamashiro of the Okinawa Peace Movement Center. The arrests were made in relation to a protest in January against construction of Futenma...

Governor Onaga says reports that he accepts helipads were inaccurate

Governor Onaga says reports that he accepts helipads were inaccurate

November 30, 2016 Ryukyu Shimpo

On the evening of November 29, Governor Takeshi Onaga told reporters that despite his statement at a news conference the day before that the partial return of the U.S. military’s Northern Training Area conditioned on the construction of new helipads presented...