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English translation of environmental assessment report submitted to Marine Corps lacks information on dugongs

English translation of environmental assessment report submitted to Marine Corps lacks information on dugongs

February 9, 2014 Ryukyu Shimpo

Before February 8, the Okinawa Defense Bureau provided the U.S. Marine Corps with the application documents for the Henoko landfill to prepare for moving Futenma Air Station and the environmental impact assessment report. The bureau gave the Marine Corps the full Japanese text and excerpts of the documents in English.

However, the English version does not have charts of the dugongs’ feeding area. Citizens’ groups have questioned this. They claim...

 

Nago Mayor to visit U.S. to voice opposition to Henoko relocation plan

Nago Mayor to visit U.S. to voice opposition to Henoko relocation plan

February 14, 2014 Ryukyu Shimpo

In Tokyo on February 13, Nago Mayor Susumu Inamine held a press conference at the Foreign Correspondents’ Club of Japan for the first time. He announced to visit the United States as early as April. Reelected in the mayoral election, Inamine intends to...

Nago Mayor asks US Ambassador Kennedy to cancel relocation of Futenma base to Henoko

Nago Mayor asks US Ambassador Kennedy to cancel relocation of Futenma base to Henoko

February 13, 2014 Ryukyu Shimpo

US Ambassador to Japan Caroline Kennedy held a meeting with Nago Mayor Susumu Inamine at a hotel in Naha in the afternoon of February 12. Inamine asked the ambassador to abandon the plan of moving the Futenma base to Henoko, Nago, saying, “I do not want to...

A natural treasure trove Oura Bay: Building new U.S. base will destroy the environment, nature and life

Okinawa Governor Hirokazu Nakima has approved land reclamation work in the Henoko district of Nago in preparation for moving U.S. Marine Corps Air Station Futenma. The Japanese and U.S. government are promoting the relocation plan. However, many Okinawan people continue to oppose the plan to reclaim...

Messages from intellectuals overseas to Okinawan people

Messages from intellectuals overseas to Okinawan people

On February 7, 29 internationally prominent intellectuals released a statement that opposes moving U.S. Marine Corps Air Station Futenma to the Henoko district in Nago and seeks the prompt closure and return of the base. The Ryukyu Shimpo introduces their messages to the readers.

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Nago Council adopts statement protesting against Governor’s approval of Henoko landfill

Nago Council adopts statement protesting against Governor's approval of Henoko landfill

February 4, 2014 Ryukyu Shimpo

The Nago City Council held an extraordinary session on February 3. It adopted a statement protesting against Okinawa Governor Hirokazu Nakaime approval of the Henoko landfill and seeking the withdrawal of this approval. The city council also adopted a statement...

U.S. government does not mention stopping operations at Futenma within five years

January 31, 2014 Ryota Shimabukuro of Ryukyu Shimpo reports from Washington D.C.

Susumu Matayoshi, the head of the Executive...

Opposition leader Itokazu visits the U.S. to request cancellation of Henoko landfill

Opposition leader Itokazu visits the U.S. to request cancellation of Henoko landfill

January 31, 2014 Ryota Shimabukuro of Ryukyu Shimpo reports from Washington D.C.

On January 29, Keiko Itokazu, a member of the Upper House and a leader among the anti-U.S. base movement, and Naha City councilors held a news conference in Washington D.C. They spoke about their direct appeal...

Defense Bureau confirms presence of dugongs 31 times during Henoko landfill investigation

January 25, 2014 Ryukyu Shimpo

The Okinawa Defense Bureau investigated the habitat of the endangered species the dugong from an aircraft over 35 days between September 2011 to January 2013 in preparation for moving the US Marine Corps Air Station Futenma to Henoko, Nago. They confirmed...

Re-elected Nago Mayor Inamine asserts he will prevent Futenma relocation to Henoko

Re-elected Nago Mayor Inamine asserts he will prevent Futenma relocation to Henoko

January 20, 2014 Ryukyu Shimpo

Winning the Nago mayoral election on January 19, reelected Nago Mayor Susumu Inamine held a press conference in the morning of the next day. The focal issue of the election was to move U.S. Marine Corps Air Station Futenma to the Henoko district of Nago. In the...

Nago Mayor Inamine opposing the building of new U.S. air base in Henoko wins his second term

Nago Mayor Inamine opposing the building of new U.S. air base in Henoko wins his second term

January 19, 2014 Ryukyu Shimpo

The incumbent, Susumu Inamine, 68, who opposes moving U.S. Marine Corps Air Station Futenma to Henoko, Nago, won his second term against Bunshin Suematsu, 65, a former Okinawa prefectural assembly member who backs the government’s relocation plan, in the...