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Okinawa Defense Bureau resumes marine boring survey ignoring OPG’s request to halt it


March 12, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo

Around 10:30 p.m. on March 12, the Okinawa Defense Bureau resumed a marine boring survey for the relocation of U.S. Marine Corps Air Station Futenma to the Henoko district of Nago. Okinawa Governor Takeshi Onaga requested the bureau not resume the...

 

People’s rally opposing new US air base planned for March 21

People's rally opposing new US air base planned for March 21

March 9, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo

A committee of elected leaders and citizens will hold a people’s rally to block the construction of a new U.S. base in Henoko, Nago, at Sedake beach near the planned site from 1:00 p.m. on March 21. The event is being organized by the five ruling parties of...

Nago city council accuses defense bureau of damaging coral in Henoko

Nago city council accuses defense bureau of damaging coral in Henoko

February 25, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo

On February 25, chairman Minoru Yabiku and other members of the Nago city council handed over a written opinion to Kazunori Inoue, the director of the Okinawa Defense Bureau. In the written opinion, they criticized the defense bureau for damaging coral by installing...

Acclaimed translator Kayoko Ikeda supports protest against Henoko landfill

Acclaimed translator Kayoko Ikeda supports protest against Henoko landfill

February 27, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo

On February 26, Kayoko Ikeda, who is a well-known translator of various kinds of texts including German literature, visited Camp Schwab gate in the Henoko district of Nago. Her translation works include Night and Fog, Sophie’s World, and If the...

US military carries out Osprey training at new helipad in Takae for the first time

US military carries out Osprey training at new helipad in Takae for the first time

February 26, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo

The U.S. military plans to build military helipads as a condition of the partial return of its Northern Training Area. At a newly built helipad in the N4 area on February 24, local citizens confirmed the U.S. military had carried out MV-22 Osprey aircraft training....

Naha City Assembly adopts a resolution asking the Japanese government to stop taking excessive actions against Henoko protesters

February 23, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo

Naha City Assembly unanimously adopted a resolution asking the Japanese government to stop the land reclamation work at Henoko to build a new U.S. air base and taking excessive actions against citizens protesting the work (33 votes in favor versus 4 against)....

2,800 protesters demand government stop construction of new US base in Henoko

2,800 protesters demand government stop construction of new US base in Henoko

February 23, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo

The governments of Japan and the United States are advancing the construction of a new U.S. base in Henko, Nago, in order to relocate U.S. Marine Corp Air Station Futenma in Ginowan. On February 22, an Okinawan people’s rally protesting the construction...

Okinawa Governor Onaga considers cancelling approval of new U.S military base construction

Okinawa Governor Onaga considers cancelling approval of new U.S military base construction

February 20, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo

On February 19, the regular monthly meeting of the Okinawa Prefectural Assembly was held. At the meeting, Okinawa Governor Takeshi Onaga announced the policy of the prefectural government for the fiscal year of 2015. Onaga talked about the relocation plan for...

Corals destroyed in Oura Bay

Corals destroyed in Oura Bay

February 15, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo

Large concrete blocks weighing 10-45 tons have damaged coral in Oura Bay, Nago, the planned site of the replacement base for U.S. Marine Corps Air Station Futenma. The Okinawa Defense Bureau has installed blocks on the seabed to fix floats marking a temporary...

Okinawa Governor orders Defense Bureau to stop installing concrete blocks in the sea off Henoko

Okinawa Governor orders Defense Bureau to stop installing concrete blocks in the sea off Henoko

February 17, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo

As part of the forced relocation of U.S Marine Corps Air Station to Henoko in Nago City, the Okinawa Defense Bureau has dropped concrete blocks weighing between 10 and 45 tons on the seabed at dozens of locations off the coast of Henoko. The concrete blocks placed...

Stop the installation of anchors at Oura Bay: 2,662 citizens sign petition to governor

Stop the installation of anchors at Oura Bay: 2,662 citizens sign petition to governor

February 12, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo 

In relation to the U.S Marine Corps Air Station relocation to Henoko in Nago City, 2,662 citizens handed in an urgent petition to Okinawa Governor Takeshi Onaga on February 10. The citizens asked the Okinawa Prefectural government to order the Okinawa Defense...