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Serious accident rates increase for Ospreys over the last year

 

November 9, 2017 Ryukyu Shimpo

 

On November 8, the Ministry of Defense made an announcement regarding Osprey accident rates after receiving information from the U.S. As of end of September, the class A accident rate of the 100-thousand hours of fly time made by the U.S. Marine Corps vertical takeoff and landing transport aircraft MV-22 Osprey is 3.27.

Research found that the accident rate has nearly doubled from 1.65 taken at the end of September of 2012...

 

Central government disregards Okinawa’s guidance, forces further Henoko embankment work

Central government disregards Okinawa’s guidance, forces further Henoko embankment work

 

November 7, 2017 Ryukyu Shimpo

 

On November 6, the Okinawa Defense Bureau (ODB) of the Ministry of Defense (MOD) undertook construction of two new seawalls related to construction of a replacement facility for Futenma Air Station at the planned site in Henoko, Nago...

New Marine-like GSDF unit considered for deployment to Okinawa after U.S. Marines’ relocation

New Marine-like GSDF unit considered for deployment to Okinawa after U.S. Marines’ relocation

 

November 1, 2017 Ryukyu Shimpo

 

It came to light on October 31 that the Ministry of Defense (MOD) and Self-Defense Forces (SDF) are considering Camp Hansen in Okinawa as a potential place to deploy the Amphibious Rapid Deployment Brigade (ARDB), a unit of the Ground...

Former Prime Minister Hatoyama criticizes forced Henoko base construction

Former Prime Minister Hatoyama criticizes forced Henoko base construction

 

October 28, 2017 Ryukyu Shimpo

 

On October 26, Former Prime Minister and East Asian Community Institute (EACI) Chairman Yukio Hatoyama, Ryukoku University Professor Yasukatsu Matsushima from the Association of Comprehensive Studies for Independence of the Lew Chewans...

Ministry of Defense confirms plan to resume flights of the U.S. military accident aircraft

Ministry of Defense confirms plan to resume flights of the U.S. military accident aircraft

 

October 17, 2017 Ryukyu Shimpo

 

On October 26, the Ministry of Defense confirmed it will resume U.S. military aircraft flights and presented an opinion on the recent accident involving a U.S. military helicopter making a crash landing and catching fire in Takae, Higashi...

US Army veteran gives interview on 1959 Naha accidental nuke missile firing

US Army veteran gives interview on 1959 Naha accidental nuke missile firing

 

October 26, 2017 Ryukyu Shimpo

 

Washington Special Correspondent Yukiyo Zaha reporting

 

On June 19, 1959, a Nike Hercules surface-to-air missile equipped with a nuclear warhead at US-controlled Naha Air Base was accidentally ignited and fired due...

Former US soldier details account of 1959 Naha accidental nuke firing fatal to fellow soldiers

Former US soldier details account of 1959 Naha accidental nuke firing fatal to fellow soldiers

 

October 26, 2017 Ryukyu Shimpo

 

Washington Special Correspondent Yukio Zaha reporting

 

Fifty-eight years ago on June 19, a sunny Friday morning, a Nike Hercules surface-to-air missile equipped with a nuclear warhead was fired accidentially from...

Expert indicates that an active fault line in the undersea section of the Henoko Base construction zone could pose danger

 

October 25, 2017 Ryukyu Shimpo

By Ikue Nakaima

 

It was discovered on October 24 that there exists an active fault line in the undersea section of the construction zone for the Henoko Base in Nago.

In the “Map of the undersea section” figure, part...

Municipalities protest plan to deploy US F-35A stealth fighters to Kadena

 

October 25, 2017 Ryukyu Shimpo

 

On October 24, the 18th Wing at U.S. Kadena Air Base announced that it will deploy at least 12 F-35A stealth fighters to the base in November for half a year.

 

According to local municipalities, two aircraft are...

Okinawa District’s 4 Lower House Parliamentary Elections go 3-1 in favor of opposition parties, with Akamine, Nishime, Tamaki, and Teruya winning seats

 

October 23, 2017 Ryukyu Shimpo

 

The 48th Lower House elections were held on October 22, and the Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) were able to independently win more than the 233 seats needed for a majority in the 465-seat Parliamentary house, and decided to continue...

Governor Onaga demands helipad removal as U.S. resumes flights of helicopter model involved in Takae fire incident

Governor Onaga demands helipad removal as U.S. resumes flights of helicopter model involved in Takae fire incident

October 19, 2017 Ryukyu Shimpo

 

Operations of CH-53E heavy-lift transport helicopters at Futenma Air Station were suspended following the recent incident of a U.S. military helicopter catching fire in Takae, Higashi Village.

On October 18, the U.S. Marine Corps resumed flights...