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Detection of PFOS in drinking water leads to request for access onto US base compounds

Detection of PFOS in drinking water leads to request for access onto US base compounds

January 21, 2016 Ryukyu Shimpo

PFOS, a fluorinated organic compound and pollutant, has been detected in the water at Chatan Water Purification Plant and Hija River. On January 21, director of the Okinawa Prefectural Enterprise Bureau Toshiaki Taira visited the Defense Ministry’s Okinawa Defense Bureau (ODB) in Kadena Town and requested that the U.S. Armed Forces grant authorization to enter base compounds for investigation purposes. ODB Planning Department Vice-Director Hitoshi Miyagawa...

 

Former MOD and JSDF officials employed at companies involved in Henoko base construction

Former MOD and JSDF officials employed at companies involved in Henoko base construction

January 22, 2016 Ryukyu Shimpo

During the roughly two years between December 2013 and the end of November 2015, Japan’s Ministry of Defense (MOD) has entered into contracts with sixty-five companies to carry out construction and other works related to the relocation of U.S. Marine Corps...

Incumbent Sakima wins mayoral election in city hosting US Futenma base

Incumbent Sakima wins mayoral election in city hosting US Futenma base

January 24, 2016 Ryukyu Shimpo

In the Ginowan mayoral election held on January 24, incumbent Atsushi Sakima, 51, who was seeking a second term and had the support of the Japanese government’s ruling parties, won against challenger Keiichiro Shimura, 63, a former prefectural government...

Japanese government ignores Okinawa educational board’s opposition to moving Henoko’s hermit crabs

January 20, 2016 Ryukyu Shimpo

The Okinawa Prefectural Education Board has told the Japanese government’s Agency for Cultural Affairs its opposition to capturing and moving Coenobita hermit crabs living at Henoko, Nago. The Defense Ministry’s Okinawa bureau sent a request to the prefectural...

Governor Onaga announces a third lawsuit over Henoko land reclamation

Governor Onaga announces a third lawsuit over Henoko land reclamation

January 19, 2016 Ryukyu Shimpo

Last month, the Committee for Settling National-Local Disputes dismissed the Okinawa prefectural government’s request for a review. The Okinawa prefectural government had requested that the Committee review the appropriateness of the Minister of Land, Infrastructure,...

Okinawa launches further legal action against Japan for Henoko

Okinawa launches further legal action against Japan for Henoko

January 15, 2016 Ryukyu Shimpo

Okinawa Prefectural Government (OPG) decided to launch an additional court case on January 14 against the national government over the issue of Futenma Air base relocation to Henoko in Nago City. The case is to file complaints about the decision made by the third...

Residents of districts neighboring Hirae oppose plan to deploy JSDF to Ishigaki

Residents of districts neighboring Hirae oppose plan to deploy JSDF to Ishigaki

January 14, 2016 Ryukyu Shimpo

The Ministry of Defense (MOD) has proposed Hirae within Ishigaki City as the planned site for deployment of Japan Self Defense Forces (JSDF). On the night of January 13, about 20 resident representatives of the neighboring districts of Kainan, Takeda, and Omoto...

Nago mayor critical of Prime Minister Abe’s “hardline stance”

Nago mayor critical of Prime Minister Abe’s “hardline stance”

January 13, 2016 Ryukyu Shimpo

At a press meeting on January 13, Nago mayor Susumu Inamine criticized recent remarks made by Prime Minister Shinzo Abe at a national Diet session. The prime minister said that matters of national security “are not something decided by a single local election.”...

Osprey accidents in Afghanistan conspicuously high at one per 90 flight hours

Osprey accidents in Afghanistan conspicuously high at one per 90 flight hours

January 12, 2016 Ryukyu Shimpo
Sakae Toiyama reports from Washington, D.C.

Recent statistics show that during fiscal 2010-2012, the U.S. Marine Corps’ MV-22 Osprey aircraft stationed in Afghanistan experienced one Class A-D accident for every 90.4 hours of flight time. The MV-22 Osprey...

Stench from Kadena Air Base leads Kadena Town to seek designation as an odor regulation area

January 7, 2016 Ryukyu Shimpo
By Takahiro Miyagi

Recently, residents living around Kadena Air Base raised the concern of a bad stench to the prefectural government. On January 6 in response to this concern, the prefectural government decided to pursue a plan to designate the town of Kadena...

In New Year’s greeting, Governor Onaga expresses determination not to back down on base issue

In New Year’s greeting, Governor Onaga expresses determination not to back down on base issue

January 5, 2016 Ryukyu Shimpo

On January 4, Governor Takeshi Onaga made his new years’ greeting to prefectural employees over the Prefectural Office’s broadcast system. In the greeting, he expressed his determination to continue working to prevent the construction of a new U.S. military...