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Almost all Nago citizens oppose reclamation proposal

Almost all Nago citizens oppose reclamation proposal

November 8, 2013 Ryukyu Shimpo

On November 7, the Nago City Office revealed that 99 percent of 2,500 public comments they had received were opposed to the reclamation proposal to move U.S. Marine Corps Air Station Futenma to Henoko in Nago. The Japanese government has applied to the Okinawa Prefectural Government for permission...

 

OPG asks Defense Bureau another 73 questions on Henoko landfill

November 9, 2013 Ryukyu Shimpo

On November 8, the Okinawa Prefectural Government (OPG) sent a further 73 questions (20 items) to...

JSDF sends Missile Regiment to Naha during drill to recapture islands

JSDF sends Missile Regiment to Naha during drill to recapture islands

November 8, 2013 Ryukyu Shimpo

On November 7, Japan Ground Self-Defense Force 4th Surface-to-Surface Missile Regiment (90 personnel)...

Kishi pushed U.S. to set deadline for Okinawa’s return at 1957 summit

Kishi pushed U.S. to set deadline for Okinawa's return at 1957 summit

October 31, 2013 Ryukyu Shimpo

Diplomatic documents declassified on October 30 revealed that at his meeting with President Dwight D. Eisenhower in Washington, D.C., on June 1957, then Prime Minister Nobusuke Kishi was to request that administrative rights over Okinawa to be returned to Japan...

Okinawa assembly seeks peaceful resolution to the Senkaku issue

October 12, 2013 Ryukyu Shimpo

On October 11, the Okinawa Prefectural Assembly unanimously adopted a written statement of opinion seeking a peaceful resolution to the matter of Chinese Coast Guard ships repeatedly intruding into Japanese territorial waters around the Senkaku Islands. The assembly...

Okinawa Governor says moving Futenma Air Station to Henoko is impossible

Okinawa Governor says moving Futenma Air Station to Henoko is impossible

Ocotber 9, 2013 Ryukyu Shimpo

Okinawa Governor Hirokazu Nakaima met Minister of Foreign Affairs Fumio Kishida and Defense Minister Itsunori Onodera in Naha in the afternoon of October 8.

Nakaima said, “I cannot understand why the U.S. and Japanese governments claim that the plan...

Okinawa Governor suggests he will reject base relocation proposal

September 27, 2013 Ryukyu Shimpo

The Okinawa Prefectural Assembly began questioning the Okinawa Prefectural Government on September 26 for the September round of regular meetings. Four people asked questions on the first day. Governor Hirokazu Nakaima stated that he will decide in December...

U.S.military completes deployment of more Osprey to Okinawa

U.S.military completes deployment of more Osprey to Okinawa

September 26, 2013 Ryukyu Shimpo

The U.S. Marine Corps has completed moving 12 another MV-22 Osprey aircraft from Iwakuni Air Station to Okinawa. The last aircraft arrived at U.S. Marine Corps Air Station Futenma in the evening of September 25. The U.S. military has now stationed 24 Osprey...

Nago City Office signs up for diplomatic think tank

September 20, 2013 Ryota Nakamura of Ryukyu Shimpo

The Nago City Office has decided to sign up to the think tank New Diplomacy Initiative, which sends out information and makes policy recommendations between Japan and the United States. It is rare for a municipal office in Japan to become involved...

Okinawa to work on promoting use of Shimoji Airport in Miyako

Okinawa to work on promoting use of Shimoji Airport in Miyako

September 15, 2013 Ryukyu Shimpo

The Okinawa Prefectural Government aims to promote the use of Shimoji Airport, an airport for civil aviation training, in Miyako. Poor use of the airport has been a long-standing problem. From September 18, the Prefectural Government, which manages the airport,...

Okinawa to set up a council to restore prefecture’s exceptional longevity

September 6, 2013 Yoko Takaesu of the Ryukyu Shimpo

The Okinawa Prefectural Government will set up a prefecture-wide council to plan a movement to restore good health and longevity among Okinawans. It will consist of representatives of 50 to 60 organizations such as economic and educational...