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Former Prime Minister Hatoyama: “Okinawa will serve as a hub for peace in East Asia”

Former Prime Minister Hatoyama:

June 1, 2014 Ryukyu Shimpo

The East Asian Community Research Institute held a symposium to commemorate the opening of the Ryukyu Okinawa Center in Naha at a hotel in Naha. About 700 people, including scholars and peace advocates, took part in the May 31 symposium. They discussed the potential role that Okinawa could play in East Asia. The president of the institute is former Prime Minister Yukio Hatoyama.

Referring to the former Ryukyu Kingdom, which flourished in trade with the...

 

Government to expand restricted area for fishing two kilometers off the coast of Henoko

Government to expand restricted area for fishing two kilometers off the coast of Henoko

May 30, 2014 Ryukyu Shimpo

The government will expand the restricted area for fishing near the planned relocation site for Futenma Air Base.

The government regulates fishing in the water surrounding the relocation site at Henoko based on the Restriction on Operation of Fishing Vessels...

U.S. military to station drones at Kadena Air Base in 2017

May 26, 2014 Ryota Shimabukuro of Ryukyu Shimpo reports from Washington D.C.

In a conference held in Washington D.C., U.S. Navy Admiral Jonathan Greenert stated the U.S. military plans to station unmanned aerial surveillance aircraft Northrop Grumman MQ-4C Triton in Okinawa from 2017.

The...

Okinawa Defense Bureau to compensate Nago Fisher’s Union with 3.6 billion yen

May 23, 2014 Ryukyu Shimpo

On May 22, the Okinawa Defense Bureau signed an agreement with the Nago Fisher’s Union. The bureau will pay about 3.6 billion yen in compensation for reclaiming the sea around Henoko in Nago for the relocation of U.S. Marine Corps Air Station Futenma. Hirofumi...

Kadena Town Assembly unanimously passes a resolution to protest against accidents involving U.S. military aircraft

Kadena Town Assembly unanimously passes a resolution to protest against accidents involving U.S. military aircraft

May 22, 2014 Ryukyu Shimpo

There have been two recent incidents involving parts of aircraft breaking off and falling away. The aircraft were an HH-60G Pave Hawk helicopter and an F-15 Eagle. The Kadena Town Assembly has since unanimously passed a written statement and resolution to protest...

Prime Minister Abe’s re-interpretation of the peace clause: Okinawan people concerned changes could provide a way to war

May 16, 2014 Ryukyu Shimpo

On May 15, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe expressed his willingness to review interpretation of the constitution to exercise the right to collective self-defense. Many residents living near U.S. military bases and survivors of the Battle of Okinawa were alarmed by this,...

Nago Mayor dismisses the idea of accelerating construction of the new U.S. military base in Henoko

Nago Mayor dismisses the idea of accelerating construction of the new U.S. military base in Henoko

May 12, 2014 Ryukyu Shimpo

The Japanese government plans to begin within a year building a new U.S. military base in Henoko to replace U.S. Marine Corps Air Station Futenma. Nago Mayor Susumu Inamine addressed media gathered at the City Government Office on May 12. He said he opposed the plan...

Nago City asks the Okinawa Defence Bureau to resubmit applications for Henoko relocation

May 9, 2014 Ryukyu Shimpo

On May 8, Nago Mayor Susumu Inamine announced his municipal government had sent the Okinawa Defense...

Okinawa to lay submarine optical cable to its remote islands

Okinawa to lay submarine optical cable to its remote islands

May 4, 2014 Kazuki Furugen of Ryukyu Shimpo

The Okinawa Prefecture Government (OPG) plans to lay about 915 kilometers of submarine optical cable to the remote islands from fiscal 2014 to fiscal 2016 in order to modernise communication tools such as the Internet. The cable will be connected...

Okinawa’s population up to 1.414 million in April, 2014

May 1, 2014 Ryukyu Shimpo

The estimated population of Okinawa as of April 1, 2014, has reached 1,414,148, according to statistics published on April 30 by the Okinawa Prefectural Government. The figures showed a decrease of 5,856 people from the previous month this year, but it marked...

Nobel laureate Oe speaks out on Okinawa problem in Tokyo

Nobel laureate Oe speaks out on Okinawa problem in Tokyo

April 27, 2014 Ryukyu Shimpo

A symposium on the Futenma-Henoko issue was held in Tokyo on April 26. Nobel laureate and novelist Kenzaburo Oe, Gavan McCormack, an emeritus professor of the Australian National University and Masaaki Gabe, a professor at the University of the Ryukyus, made the...