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US Defense Secretary stresses importance of realignment of US forces in Japan, including Henoko relocation

US Defense Secretary stresses importance of realignment of US forces in Japan, including Henoko relocation

April 8, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo

The U.S. Defense Secretary has reiterated his support for relocating Futenma base to Henoko. Ashton Carter made the comments during a meeting with Defense Minister Gen Nakatani in Tokyo on April 8.

Nakatani began the meeting by saying, “The Japanese government will steadily carry out the plan to relocate U.S. Marine Corp Air Station Futenma to Henoko, Nago to reduce the burden on Okinawa and to maintain a deterrence capability based on the two-plus-two...

 

Shimagurumikaigi to set up fund to block the new US base at Henoko

April 2, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo

The Island-Wide Council (Shimagurumikaigi) is to set up a fund as part of its campaign against the new U.S. base in Henoko. The money will be used to spread the message that public opinion in Okinawa opposes the Henoko relocation. The fund will help raise awareness...

84 people including Diet members gather at Camp Schwab gate to protest against the construction of a new base

84 people including Diet members gather at Camp Schwab gate to protest against the construction of a new base

April 6, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo

A protest by 84 people, including members of Japan’s national parliament, took place in front of the gate at U.S. Marine Camp Schwab on April 4. The protesters called for a halt to the construction of a new base. The demonstration was organized by the Committee...

Okinawa Governor Onaga compares the Japanese government to the island’s former “autocratic” US High Commissioner

Okinawa Governor Onaga compares the Japanese government to the island’s former

April 6, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo

The Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga and Okinawa Governor Takeshi Onaga have held a stormy meeting at a Naha hotel. Suga said, “Giving up Henoko relocation could lead to Futenma Air Station becoming a permanent fixture. Based on applicable laws and regulations...

US military returns 51-hectare housing area at Camp Zukeran

US military returns 51-hectare housing area at Camp Zukeran

April 1, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo

On March 31, the U.S. military returned to Japan a 51-hectare housing area at Camp Zukeran (West Futenma Housing area) in Ginowan. This is part of a 2013 agreement between the governments of the two countries to reduce the U.S. military presence south of Kadena airbase....

100 assembly members set up organization to block construction of new US base in Henoko

100 assembly members set up organization to block construction of new US base in Henoko

March 29, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo

About 100 members of Okinawa’s local municipal assemblies and the Diet have set up an organization to work towards blocking construction of a new U.S. base in Henoko, Nago. They have agreed to work together to stop the Futenma relocation plan.

They are...

Nago citizens appeal to UN to stop new US base construction

Nago citizens appeal to UN to stop new US base construction

March 26, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo

Zenzi Nina, the head of the Teima district of Nago, and Fujiko Matsuda, president of the Association of Residents of the Districts North of Futami Opposed to the Construction of a New Base at Henoko, Oura Bay, held a press conference at the correspondents club at...

Japan suspended Okinawa’s order to halt Henoko reclamation work: Governor Onaga doubts its validity

Japan suspended Okinawa's order to halt Henoko reclamation work: Governor Onaga doubts its validity

March 31, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo

Okinawa Governor Takeshi Onaga urged the Okinawa Defense Bureau to halt offshore construction activity towards the relocation of U.S. Marine Corps Air Station Futenma to the Henoko district of Nago. This includes an order to stop the marine boring survey. However,...

Okinawa Governor Onaga and Hawaii State Governor Ige to make their first diplomatic visits to the sister-islands

Okinawa Governor Onaga and Hawaii State Governor Ige to make their first diplomatic visits to the sister-islands

March 18, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo

On March 17, Okinawa Governor Takeshi Onaga expressed his intention to take part in the 30th anniversary ceremony of a sister-state affiliation between Okinawa and Hawaii. The ceremony will be held in Honolulu in July. Onaga stated, “I would like to participate...

Ignoring governor’s order to stop work, Japanese Government continues seabed boring in Henoko

Ignoring governor’s order to stop work, Japanese Government continues seabed boring in Henoko

March 24, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo

The Okinawa Defense Bureau is continuing its boring survey as part of the plan to build a replacement facility for U.S. Marine Corps Air Station Futenma in Henoko, Nago. On March 24, off the coast of Henoko, workers employed by the bureau were carrying out work...

Okinawa Governor Onaga orders Japanese government to stop Henoko reclamation

Okinawa Governor Onaga orders Japanese government to stop Henoko reclamation

March 23, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo

In the afternoon on March 23, Okinawa Governor Takeshi Onaga urged the Okinawa Defense Bureau to halt offshore construction activity, including a marine boring survey, towards the relocation of U.S. Marine Corps Air Station Futenma to the Henoko district of Nago....