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The External Affairs Governor Committee demands clarification in SOFA for application of Japanese laws to U.S. forces in document delivered to Japan and the U.S. Embassy

The External Affairs Governor Committee demands clarification in SOFA for application of Japanese laws to U.S. forces in document delivered to Japan and the U.S. Embassy

August 1, 2019 Ryukyu Shimpo

The “Coordination Committee for Principal Governors Engaged in External Affairs” (also called the External Affairs Governor Committee, Kanagawa Governor Yuuji Kuroiwa, chairman), which is comprised of the governors from the 15 prefectures that host U.S. military bases, visited the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MoFA), the Ministry of Defense (MoD), and the U.S. ambassador to Japan to deliver written demands for base policies to reduce the number of bases as...

 

Tetsumi Takara expresses determination to block FRF construction on his first day in the Diet

Tetsumi Takara expresses determination to block FRF construction on his first day in the Diet

August 1, 2019 Ryukyu Shimpo online edition

Tetsumi Takara, who was elected in the Okinawa at-large district in the House of Councillors election, attended his first National Diet session in Tokyo on August 1.

Takara once more expressed his determination to block construction of the...

National Governors’ Association reaffirms intention to pursue revision of U.S.-Japan SOFA

National Governors’ Association reaffirms intention to pursue revision of U.S.-Japan SOFA

July 25, 2019 Ryukyu Shimpo

Last year, the Japan National Governors’ Association (chaired by Kiyoshi Ueda, governor of Saitama Prefecture) adopted a proposal requesting that the State drastically revise the U.S.-Japan Status of Forces Agreement (SOFA). This year the conference was held...

In ten years, seven former defense ministry personnel re-hired at companies contracted for Henoko-related work

In ten years, seven former defense ministry personnel re-hired at companies contracted for Henoko-related work

July 17, 2019 Ryukyu Shimpo

(Tokyo) It recently came to light that during the ten years leading up to the end of fiscal 2018, seven Ministry of Defense (MOD) personnel, upon retiring from the MOD, landed high-ranking jobs at three construction consulting firms that were involved in putting...

Base-Opposing Takara wins House of Councillors Election, bolstering the momentum of Okinawa’s anti-base contingent

Base-Opposing Takara wins House of Councillors Election, bolstering the momentum of Okinawa’s anti-base contingent

January 22, 2019 Ryukyu Shimpo Digital Edition

Voting for the 25th House of Councillors election, which coincides with a term limit in Okinawa, concluded voting at 8:00 p.m. on July 21.

The election in Okinawa saw four candidates competing for a single seat, and taking into account early...

Governor Tamaki holds a press conference discussing new Henoko lawsuit, hoping for “A ruling that will shine a light on the concept of regional autonomy”

Governor Tamaki holds a press conference discussing new Henoko lawsuit, hoping for “A ruling that will shine a light on the concept of regional autonomy”

July 17, 2019 Ryukyu Shimpo

Okinawa Governor Denny Tamaki held a press conference July 17 at the Okinawa Prefectural Office, where he discussed a lawsuit filed against the Japanese government in an attempt to overturn a decision made by the Minister of Land, Infrastructure and Transportation...

Japanese government abandons plan to survey PFOS contamination on Kadena Air Base after being denied entrance over two consecutive years

Japanese government abandons plan to survey PFOS contamination on Kadena Air Base after being denied entrance over two consecutive years

July 11, 2019 Ryukyu Shimpo
By Manato Akira

The Okinawa Defense Bureau (ODB) made requests to enter Kadena Air Base to conduct surveys in 2017 and 2018 after high concentrations of contaminants such as the organic fluorine compound PFOS were detected in rivers and springs around U.S....

SDF strengthening in southwest Japan includes plan for military clash, not residents’ evacuation

SDF strengthening in southwest Japan includes plan for military clash, not residents’ evacuation

June 23, 2019 Ryukyu Shimpo

While the Ministry of Defense (MOD) strengthens defense capabilities in southwest Japan, the Japan Ground Self-Defense Forces (GSDF) is conducting island recovery drills in case of invasion. Defense facilities near the national border are equipped with radar and...

The Japan P.E.N. Club releases declaration signed by 1,500 Japanese authors asks government to, “Reconsider new base construction at Henoko”

The Japan P.E.N. Club releases declaration signed by 1,500 Japanese authors asks government to, “Reconsider new base construction at Henoko”

June 22, 2019 Ryukyu Shimpo

Tokyo – The Japan P.E.N Club (Shinobu Yoshioka, president), which is comprised of 1,500 Japanese authors, released a declaration titled, “On the day of Okinawa’s Irei no Hi, we demand that the government take back their words, and reconsider new base construction...

Despite promises to curtail incidents involving the U.S. military, the Japanese government’s Okinawa regional safety patrol reports 75% of their incident responses involve drunkenness, only 0.7% involve the U.S. military

Despite promises to curtail incidents involving the U.S. military, the Japanese government’s Okinawa regional safety patrol reports 75% of their incident responses involve drunkenness, only 0.7% involve the U.S. military

June 21, 2019 Ryukyu Shimpo

After the 2016 incident in which an ex-Marine U.S. military base worker murdered a woman in Okinawa, the Japanese government created the “Okinawa Regional Safety Patrol” as a policy to prevent further incidents, which to-date has cost around 1.5 billion yen....

Okinawa Assembly unanimously adopts resolution protesting U.S. military fallen parts incidents

Okinawa Assembly unanimously adopts resolution protesting U.S. military fallen parts incidents

June 18, 2019 Ryukyu Shimpo online edition

On the morning of June 18 the Okinawa Prefectural Assembly opened its June plenary session. At the meeting the Assembly unanimously adopted a protest resolution and written statement in protest of the incident in which a piece of blade tape fell onto...