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Onaga’s ruling party gets big win in Okinawa prefectural assembly election

Onaga's ruling party gets big win in Okinawa prefectural assembly election

June 6, 2016 Ryukyu Shimpo

By Yukito Toyama

On June 5, in the Okinawa prefectural assembly election, the ruling party which Governor Takeshi Onaga leads, maintained a majority, increasing three seats from 24 in the pre-election.

It was the first assembly election for Governor Onaga, who has been opposing the construction of a new U.S. base in Henoko, since he took the office in December 2014.

The result of the election shows that the public supports the ruling party’s...

 

Cabinet resolution to collect remains from inside U.S. bases

June 1, 2016 Ryukyu Shimpo

At a Cabinet meeting on May 31, the Japanese government prepared a basic plan to promote the collection of remains of war dead and decided to engage in a policy to promote the collection of remains both within Japan and abroad. According to the basic plan, the Ministry...

National Association of Chairpersons of City Councils adopts resolution seeking SOFA revision

June 1, 2016 Ryukyu Shimpo
 
The National Association of Chairpersons of City Councils adopted a resolution requesting a drastic revision of the Status of Forces Agreement (SOFA) at a meeting held in Tokyo on May 31.

The organization represents over 800 chairpersons of city councils....

Onaga takes a cautious stance toward new crime prevention measures: “The problem is the overwhelming concentration of bases”

May 29, 2016 Ryukyu Shimpo

On May 28, Lieutenant General Lawrence Nicholson, Okinawa Area Coordinator for the U.S. military and the top official of the U.S. forces in Okinawa, spoke to Governor Takeshi Onaga by telephone. Lieutenant General Nicholson announced to Governor Onaga that in the...

Arizona-based environmental organization makes statement against new US base construction in Okinawa

May 29, 2016 Ryukyu Shimpo

By Sakae Toiyama in Washington, D.C.

On May 26, Arizona-based environmental organization the Center for Biological Diversity issued a statement against the construction of a new U.S. base in Henoko in Nago, where the governments of Japan and the United States...

Obama not apologizing for alleged murder of Okinawan woman by ex-marine

May 26, 2016 Ryukyu Shimpo

By Ryota Nakamura

On the evening of May 25, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe met with United States President Obama in Shima of Mie Prefecture and held a joint press conference. Regarding the recent incident of a woman’s body being disposed of by a U.S. military...

Okinawa Prefectural Assembly demands removal of US Marines from Okinawa

Okinawa Prefectural Assembly demands removal of US Marines from Okinawa

May 27, 2016 Ryukyu Shimpo

At an extraordinary session of the Okinawa Prefectural Assembly opened on May 26, both the ruling party in the Assembly and those belonging to other parties unanimously agreed on a resolution of protest and a written argument against the recent incident of a woman’s...

Onaga asks US Senate chairperson to listen to Okinawan residents

May 19, 2016 Ryukyu Shimpo

Okinawa Governor Takeshi Onaga, who is currently visiting the U.S. held a meeting with Chairman of the Senate Committee on Appropriations Thad Cochran on May 17. Onaga requested that the U.S. government listen directly to Okinawan residents in order to resolve the...

Onaga asks, “Do you not think that under the U.S.-Japan Status of Forces Agreement, Japan’s independence is a myth?”

Onaga asks, “Do you not think that under the U.S.-Japan Status of Forces Agreement, Japan’s independence is a myth?”

May 24, 2016 Ryukyu Shimpo

On the morning of May 23, Governor Takeshi Onaga of Okinawa went to Tokyo to visit Kantei (the official residence of the Prime Minister) in order to make an appeal related to, and to protest, the recent discovery of Okinawan woman’s corpse that had been abandoned...

In wake of murder, Governor Onaga requests meeting with President Obama

In wake of murder, Governor Onaga requests meeting with President Obama

May 24, 2016Ryukyu Shimpo

Regarding the recent arrest of a U.S. military employee on suspicion of disposing of a woman’s body, Okinawa Governor Takeshi Onaga met with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on May 23 at the Prime Minister’s Official Residence in Tokyo. Onaga protested the incident,...

Okinawa Gov. Onaga meets with Walter Mondale, calling for cancellation of Henoko relocation

Okinawa Gov. Onaga meets with Walter Mondale, calling for cancellation of Henoko relocation

May 19, 2016 Ryukyu Shimpo
By Sakae Toiyama in Washington D.C.

On May 18, Okinawa Governor Takeshi Onaga met with former Vice President Walter Mondale, who served as Ambassador to Japan, while on an official trip to the United States. Then Prime Minister Ryutaro Hashimoto and then U.S....