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United States plans to deploy CV-22 Osprey in Japan

United States plans to deploy CV-22 Osprey in Japan

January 13, 2013 Hideki Matsudo of Ryukyu Shimpo reports from Washington D.C.

In a press conference held in the Department of Defense on January 11, Michael Donley, secretary of the United States Air Force, has commented on the plan to deploy the CV-22 Osprey, an air-force variant of the MV-22 Osprey vertical take-off and landing transport aircraft, to the main islands of Japan, and to Okinawa.

Although U.S. officials avoided giving specific details of the deployment such as locations...

 

OPG hopes to increase the population of Okinawa

OPG hopes to increase the population of Okinawa

January 1, 2013 Yoko Shima of the Ryukyu Shimpo

The Okinawa Prefectural Government (OPG) is putting together an Okinawa population growth plan for fiscal year 2013. It estimates that the population of the prefecture will peak in 2025, before then starting to decline. The OPG wants to avert...

Okinawa senior official visits Washington to reiterate demand for relocation of Futenma Air Station outside of Okinawa

Okinawa senior official visits Washington to reiterate demand for relocation of Futenma Air Station outside of Okinawa

December 31, 2013 Ryukyu Shimpo

On around January 10, Susumu Matayoshi, the head of the Executive Office of the Governor, visited Washington to directly convey to U.S. government officials that the prefectural government would continue to demand the relocation of U.S. Marine Corps Futenma Air...

Governor stresses that his stance demanding the relocation of Futenma Air Station outside of Okinawa will not change

Governor stresses that his stance demanding the relocation of Futenma Air Station outside of Okinawa will not change

December 27, 2012 Ryukyu Shimpo

While new Prime Minister Shinzo Abe indicated that he will proceed with the plan to relocate the U.S. Marine Corps Air Station Futenma to Henoko in Nago, Okinawa Governor Hirokazu Nakaima reiterated that he would seek the alternative facility for Futenma outside...

Defense Bureau submits revised Environmental Impact Statement on the Futenma relocation

Defense Bureau submits revised Environmental Impact Statement on the Futenma relocation

December 19, 2012 Ryukyu Shimpo

On December 18, the Okinawa Defense Bureau submitted to the Okinawa Prefectural Government (OPG) the revised version of the Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) about the relocation of U.S. Marine Corps Air Station Futenma to Henoko in Nago. With this, the government...

Osprey aircraft fly from Futenma Air Station to Guam for training

Osprey aircraft fly from Futenma Air Station to Guam for training

December 8, 2012 Ryukyu Shimpo

In the morning of December 7, three of the 12 Osprey aircraft deployed to U.S. Marine Corps Air Station Futenma in Ginowan flew to Guam for training, arriving there that afternoon. This is the first time that the Osprey aircraft have participated in training conducted...

Number of Osprey flights increase 1.3 times in the two months since deployment

Number of Osprey flights increase 1.3 times in the two months since deployment

December 1, 2012 Ryukyu Shimpo

On December 1, two months passed since the MV-22 Osprey vertical take-off and landing transport aircraft were deployed to Okinawa. According to investigations carried out by the Ryukyu Shimpo, the number of flights by the aircraft from Futenma Air Station in...

Ahead of the general election, Okinawa Governor Nakaima reiterates his demand for the relocation of Futenma Air Station outside the prefecture

Ahead of the general election, Okinawa Governor Nakaima reiterates his demand for the relocation of Futenma Air Station outside the prefecture

December 1 2012 Ryukyu Shimpo

On November 30, in a routine interview, Okinawa Governor Hirokazu Nakaima made reference to the assertion by top officials of the Liberal Democratic Party’s headquarters that they would construct the alternative facility for the relocation of Futenma Air...

Okinawa Prefectural Assembly decides to lodge a protest against the latest crimes committed by U.S. military personnel

November 17, 2012 Ryukyu Shimpo

Following the recent crimes committed by U.S. military personnel, including the member of the United States Army Air Force who trespassed and then assaulted a teenage boy, the Okinawa Prefectural Assembly held a special meeting on November 16 in which it unanimously...

U.S. military does not confirm if personnel abide by curfew

November 9, 2012 Kenyu Uchima of Ryukyu Shimpo

On November 8, a spokesperson of the headquarters of the U.S. Forces Japan (UFJ) reported that the U.S. military does not currently confirm whether or not its personnel are abiding by a nighttime curfew. The UFJ has placed a curfew on all their...

U.S.-Japan biennial joint-bilateral field training exercise starts on White Beach

U.S.-Japan biennial joint-bilateral field training exercise starts on White Beach

November 6, 2012 Ryukyu Shimpo

On November 5, U.S.-Japan biennial joint-bilateral field training exercise involving the Japanese Self-Defense Forces (SDF) and United States military started in Okinawa. Eight naval vessels, including three U.S. ships such as the Bonhomme Richard, a Wasp-class...