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Doubts raised regarding the accuracy of a quotation from U.S. president Obama’s remarks about the Futenma relocation issue

September 24, 2011 Ryukyu Shimpo

In his first meeting with Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda on the sidelines of the U.N. General Assembly in New York, U.S. President Barack Obama is reported as having told Noda, “A period in which results must be seen in the relocation plan is approaching.” However, the validity of this quote is doubted.

When asked after the U.S.-Japan summit meeting about this remark by U.S. President Barack Obama, in a less than certain tone, Noda said,...

 

Japanese and U.S. cabinet ministers confirm the relocation of the facilities at Futenma to Henoko

September 16, 2011 Ryukyu Shimpo
 
On September 16, Defense Minister Yasuo Ichikawa had his first talks over the phone with his counterpart Leon Panetta, the United States Secretary of Defense. Ichikawa announced it at his press conference that during their talks they were united with...

Ex-U.S. Japan desk diplomat reported that Yonaguni Island could become a hub for mine countermeasure operations

September 15, 2011 Ryukyu Shimpo

According to U.S. official telegrams disclosed by WikiLeaks, following the visit of two mine-countermeasure vessels of the U.S. Navy in Japan to Sonai Port, a civilian port on Yonaguni Island on...

Newspaper ad opposing relocation of Futenma Air Station within Okinawa put on New York Times website

Newspaper ad opposing relocation of Futenma Air Station within Okinawa put on New York Times website

September 22, 2011 Ryukyu Shimpo

From September 21 to 22, volunteers from citizen groups opposing the relocation of the Futenma Air Station to Henoko put a newspaper advertisement in the international news section of New York Times electronic edition, the most popular American online newspaper...

Okinawa Governor denies a Japan-U.S. deal on U.S. military realignment package

Okinawa Governor denies a Japan-U.S. deal on U.S. military realignment package

September 21, 2011 Ryukyu Shimpo

In the afternoon of September 19, at George Washington University in Washington DC, Okinawa Governor Hirokazu Nakaima delivered a lecture on the Futenma relocation issue.

During the question and answer period after his lecture, when he was asked about...

Okinawa Governor travels to the United States to demand the relocation of Futenma Air Station out of the prefecture

Okinawa Governor travels to the United States to demand the relocation of Futenma Air Station out of the prefecture

September 20, 2011

“The Okinawa Question: Regional Security, the U.S.-Japan Alliance and Futenma (hosted by the Okinawa Question U.S.-Japan Action Committee)”, an international symposium in which key figures from the United States and Japan discuss the issue of the U.S. military bases...

Okinawan fishermen terrified to have guns pointed toward them by U.S. warships near White Beach

September 11, 2011 Kenyu Uchima of Ryukyu Shimpo

Since the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001, in the waters provided for military use near White Beach in the Katsuren district, Uruma City, United States warships have pointed their deck guns toward local fishing vessels passing close by....

U.S. Marine Corp has intensified its training in Okinawa in preparation for combat

U.S. Marine Corp has intensified its training in Okinawa in preparation for combat

September 10, 2011 Ryukyu Shimpo

Ten years have passed since the September 11 2001 terrorist attacks on the United States. Taking the lead in the war against the terrorism, the United States plunged itself into war in Iraq and Afghanistan, sending units to the battle areas from their bases...

Regarding the Futenma relocation, Okinawa Governor tells the Foreign Minister and Defense Minister that “Seeking a place outside the prefecture will be a quicker solution”

Regarding the Futenma relocation, Okinawa Governor tells the Foreign Minister and Defense Minister that “Seeking a place outside the prefecture will be a quicker solution”

September 10, 2011 Ryukyu Shimpo
On September 9, Okinawa Prefectural Governor Hirokazu Nakaima visited Foreign Minister Koichiro Genba and Defense Minister Yasuo Ichikawa. On the topic of the Futenma relocation of the United States Marine Corps Air Station, the Governor said, “Seeking a place...

Government to submit assessment for Futenma relocation for USMC by year’s end

September 4, 2011 Kenyu Uchima of Ryukyu Shimpo

At his meeting with Governor Hirokazu Nakaima, at the Okinawa Prefectural Office on September 1, Kimito Nakae, Japan’s administrative vice-minister of defense stated that the Government will submit an environmental impact report by this...

Another 174 landowners join the already more than 4000 who will not renew their contracts for U.S. military use

August 30, 2011 Ryukyu Shimpo

Lease contracts between the Government and local landowners providing their land for military use will expire on May 14, 2012. One hundred and seventy four landowners with land on 17 facilities who agreed to enter into a contract with the government the previous...