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Kadena resumes HH-60 helicopter flights

Kadena resumes HH-60 helicopter flights

August 17, 2013 Ryukyu Shimpo

Kadena Air Base resumed HH-60 rescue helicopter flights on August 16. The U.S. military had suspended flight training for the HH-60 helicopter after one crashed in the Central Training Area near Camp Hansen in Ginoza on August 5, so only eleven days had passed since the accident. An U.S. Air Force official commented that they are confident in their ability to safely resume operational and training flights, but the cause of the crash remains unclear.

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More MV-22 Ospreys arrive on Futenma

More MV-22 Ospreys arrive on Futenma

August 12, 2013 Ryukyu Shimpo

In the morning of August 12, the U.S. Marine Corps resumed the deployment of additional MV-22 Osprey to Futenma Air Station. The U.S. military suspended this, considering the reaction of Okinawan residents after a Kadena based HH-60 rescue helicopter crashed in...

Hawaii Governor ready to accept U.S. Marines from Okinawa

Hawaii Governor ready to accept U.S. Marines from Okinawa

August 1, 2013 Ryukyu Shimpo

On a visit to Hawaii, Susumu Matayoshi, the head of the Executive Office of the Governor, met State of Hawaii Governor Neil Abercrombie at the Government Offices in the afternoon on July 30. Abercrombie stated that he is willing to accept U.S. Marines currently...

Resident arrested in sit-in protest against further deployment of Osprey

August 4, 2013 Ryukyu Shimpo

Two MV-22 Osprey aircraft arrived on August 3 at U.S. Marine Corps Air Station Futenma from Iwakuni in Yamaguchi. They are the first of an additional 12 tilt-rotor aircraft, which take off and land like a helicopter. One person was arrested in front of the base’s...

Henoko landfill: OPG receives over 2,000 written opinions from residents

July 19 2013, Ryukyu Shimpo

The period for public inspection of the application documents submitted by the Okinawa Defense Bureau to reclaim land off Henoko, Nago ended on July 18. The bureau submitted the application to the Okinawa governor for permission to carry out the landfill necessary...

82 percent of Okinawan people oppose deployment of more Osprey to Okinawa

July 17, 2013 Ryukyu Shimpo

Ryukyu Shimpo and the Kyodo News Service have carried out a telephone opinion poll of Okinawan people asking about moving more Osprey to U.S. Marine Corps Air Station Futenma.

Of those surveyed, 82.3 percent opposed the plan and 6.5 percent supported it....

Leader opposing move to Henoko wins 3rd term in House of Councillors election

Leader opposing move to Henoko wins 3rd term in House of Councillors election

July 22, 2013 Ryukyu Shimpo

Keiko Itokazu, 65, leader of the Okinawa Social Mass Party, won a third term in the Okinawa prefectural constituency for which one seat was contested in the July 21 House of Councillors election. Itokazu, who won 294,420 votes, beat first-time candidate of the ruling...

Okinawa governor asks Japanese government to cancel plan to deploy more Osprey to Okinawa

Okinawa governor asks Japanese government to cancel plan to deploy more Osprey to Okinawa

July 9, 2013 Ryukyu Shimpo

Okinawa Governor Hirokazu Nakaima and Ginowan Mayor Atsushi Sakima visited Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga at the office of the Prime Minister on July 9. They asked Suga to cancel the plan by which the U.S. military would station additional MV-22 Osprey aircraft...

More MV-22s coming to Okinawa in early August

July 2, 2013 Ryukyu Shimpo

The Ministry of Defense announced on July 1 that the U.S. Marine Corps will send 12 additional MV-22 Osprey aircraft to U.S. Iwakuni Air Station, Yamaguchi, from July 28 to 31. The vertical take-off and landing transport aircraft will be deployed to U.S. Marine Corps...

Henoko reclamation to cost 231 billion yen

Henoko reclamation to cost 231 billion yen

June 29, 2013 Ryukyu Shimpo

On June 28, the Okinawa Prefectural Government (OPG) made available to the public the application documents that the Okinawa Defense Bureau submitted to the OPG for permission to reclaim land at Henoko. They will be available for three weeks until July 18, at eight...

Ginowan Assembly adopts resolution to protest against U.S. Marine redeployment

June 24, 2013 Ryukyu Shimpo

On June 24, the Ginowan City Assembly unanimously adopted a protest resolution and a statement of written opinion on the United States Marine Corps redeployment. The Corps is planning to send more Marines to Okinawa, including aircraft to the Futenma in the Unit...