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Defense Minister announces Henoko drilling survey deadline to be extended to end of September

June 30, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo

At a press conference following a cabinet meeting on June 30, Defense Minister Gen Nakatani announced that the deadline for completing the drilling survey being carried out in preparation for the relocation of MCAS Futenma to Henoko, Nago City would be extended until September 30.

The deadline was previously set for June 30. This is the third time the survey deadline has been extended.
Meanwhile, Defense Minister Nakatani reaffirmed that the land...

 

June prefectural assembly session: Governor Onaga describes the “Soul of Okinawa”

June prefectural assembly session: Governor Onaga describes the “Soul of Okinawa”

June 25, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo

On June 24, at the ongoing regular June session of the Okinawa Prefectural Assembly, Governor Takeshi Onaga described the soul of Okinawa as “living with pride, honoring the hard work and struggles of our ancestors, and wishing that our children and grandchildren...

Ryukyu Shimpo, Okinawa Times issue joint protest statement over Hyakuta remarks

June 26, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo

Novelist Naoki Hyakuta’s claim that the two newspapers of Okinawa should be shut down is an example of suppression of free speech; media will only be allowed to report on what meets the intentions of the administration. These are absurd remarks that deny the...

Novelist Hyakuta attacks Okinawan media at LDP’s meeting; “The two newspapers of Okinawa should be shut down.”

June 26, 2015 compiled from reports of Ryukyu Shimpo and Kyodo News

About 40 young Liberal-Democratic Party lawmakers close to Prime Minister Shinzo Abe held a study session to promote revising the Constitution on June 25 at the party headquarters.

A lawmaker who took part in the meeting...

Okinawa Governor Onaga’s speech planned at UN

June 22, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo

The Shima Gurumi Association plans to arrange for Okinawa governor Takeshi Onaga to deliver a speech at the United Nations (UN) as part of the International Movement Against All Forms of Discrimination and Racism(IMADR). The speech would be aimed at preventing...

Stone found near Henoko is likely to be from Ryukyu Kingdom era

June 16, 2015 Yoko Tabuki of Ryukyu Shimpo

An anchor-like stone found inside Camp Schwab near the site of a planned relocation of U.S. Marine Corps Air Station Futenma is likely to be from the Ryukyu Kingdom era, according to an expert.

The city of Nago has been preparing for archaeological...

Okinawa Association of Tokyo resolves to request cancellation of Henoko relocation

Okinawa Association of Tokyo resolves to request cancellation of Henoko relocation

June 19, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo

On June 18, the Okinawa Association of Tokyo passed a resolution requesting cancellation of the plan to relocate U.S. Marine Corp Air Station Futenma to Henoko, Nago. The association consists of approximately 360 members. President of the association Takeo Nakamatsu...

Nobel Prize winner Kenzaburo Oe visits Henoko to support protesters

Nobel Prize winner Kenzaburo Oe visits Henoko to support protesters

June 21, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo

On the morning of June 20, Nobel-prize winning author Kenzaburo Oe, visited the Henoko district of Nago, where the governments of Japan and the United States are advancing the construction of a new U.S. base in order to relocate U.S. Marine Corp Air Station Futenma...

Okinawa Prefectural Assembly ruling Party submits proposal for dirt and sand regulations that could affect base relocation

Okinawa Prefectural Assembly ruling Party submits proposal for dirt and sand regulations that could affect base relocation

June 13, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo

On June 12, the Okinawa Prefectural Assembly ruling party submitted to the prefectural assembly office a regulation proposal that would regulate the introduction of foreign species when landfill materials such as dirt, sand and gravel are brought in from outside...

Former nation’s leaders criticize government for forcing through construction of new US base

Former nation's leaders criticize government for forcing through construction of new US base

June 10, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo

On June 9, former Prime Minister Tomiichi Murayama and former Chief Cabinet Secretary Yohei Kono talked about the 70 th anniversary of the end of the war. The talk was sponsored by the Japan National Press Club in Tokyo.

Murayama criticized the Abe administration...

Former Prime Minister Hatoyama promotes Okinawa’s peaceful role in East Asia

Former Prime Minister Hatoyama promotes Okinawa's peaceful role in East Asia

June 6, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo

At Nago Civic Hall on the afternoon of June 6, the East Asian Community Institute/World YUAI Forum held a symposium to discuss conservation of the natural environment in the Yambaru, Northern Okinawa. The symposium also declared opposition to the plan to move U.S....