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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 to the American people and their political leaders. The members from Okinawa met Jim Webb, a former senator and Secretary of the Navy who, when in the U.S. Senate Armed Services Committee, led the review...

 

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...

Okinawa Governor approves landfill for extending runway of Naha Airport

Okinawa Governor approves landfill for extending runway of Naha Airport

January 10, 2014 Ryukyu Shimpo

The Okinawa Prefectural Government (OPG) and the Naha Port Authority approved the landfill for extending the runway of Naha Airport on January 9. The Okinawa General Bureau, Cabinet Office, has submitted the landfill application. According to the plan, the construction...

Okinawa Assembly demands that Okinawa Governor resign

January 10, 2013 Ryukyu Shimpo

The Okinawa Prefectural Assembly held an extraordinary session in the evening of January 10. The majority of the assembly members approved the resolution to demand that Okinawa Governor Hirokazu Nakaima resign. In the resolution, they protested against Nakaima’s...

New Diplomacy Initiative hosts symposium on the Henoko issue at Nago

New Diplomacy Initiative hosts symposium on the Henoko issue at Nago

January 12, 2014 Ryukyu Shimpo

Tokyo based think tank the New Diplomacy Initiative held a symposium on the theme, “Rethinking the relocation of the US Futenma Air Station to Henoko,” at the Nago Civic Hall on January 10. This think tank makes diplomacy policy recommendations to...

US Futenma base relocation issue: Growing protest against Governor’s approval of Henoko landfill

US Futenma base relocation issue: Growing protest against Governor's approval of Henoko landfill

December 29, 2013 Ryukyu Shimpo

On December 28, peace groups and four opposition parties of the Prefectural Assembly held a protest rally against Governor Hirokazu Nakaima’s approval of the Henoko landfill. More than 700 people took part in the rally held in the square of the Prefectural...

Okinawa Governor appreciates Japanese government’s suggestions for reducing base burden

December 25, 2013 Ryukyu Shimpo

Okinawa Governor Hirokazu Nakaima met with Prime Minister Shinzo Abe at Prime Minister’s Official Residence in the afternoon of December 25. The two leaders discussed the application to carry out the landfill at Henoko in preparation for moving U.S. Marine...

Okinawa Governor separates approval of Henoko landfill from central government’s policy to promote Okinawan economy

December 9, 2013 Ryukyu Shimpo

On December 8, Okinawa Governor Hirokazu Nakaima talked about the plan to move the Futenma base to Henoko in Nago and the Japanese government’s policies to promote the Okinawan economy. He said, “These are completely separate issues.”

Nakaima...

Nago Mayor asks Okinawa governor to reject Henoko landfill

November 27, 2013 Ryukyu Shimpo

On November 27, Nago Mayor Susumu Inamine submitted his written statement of opinion to Deputy Governor Yoshihisa Kawakami on the Henoko landfill application received from the Defense Ministry. The mayor opposes the landfill and has asked Okinawa Governor Hirokazu...