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New Ginowan Mayor opposes the deployment of Osprey to Futenma Air Station

New Ginowan Mayor opposes the deployment of Osprey to Futenma Air Station

March 2 2012 Ryukyu Shimpo

On March 1, the Ginowan City Council held its regular meeting for March 2012. In his policy speech, newly-elected Ginowan mayor, Atsushi Sakima, voiced his opposition to the deployment of the MV-22 Osprey vertical take-off and landing transport aircraft to the U.S. Marine Corps Air Station Futenma, saying, “I would like to work together with the City Council and relevant organizations to oppose the deployment of the Osprey by holding protest rallies.”...

 

Japanese Prime Minister and Okinawan Governor remain far apart on Futenma relocation issue

Japanese Prime Minister and Okinawan Governor remain far apart on Futenma relocation issue

February 27, 2012 Ryukyu Shimpo

In the morning of February 27, during his visit to Okinawa, Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda met Okinawa Governor Hirokazu Nakaima at the Okinawa Prefectural Office.
With regard to the return and relocation of the U.S. Marine Corps Air Station Futenma, Nakaima...

Defense Minister denies that Futenma Air Station will become a permanent fixture

Defense Minister denies that Futenma Air Station will become a permanent fixture

February 19, 2012 Ryukyu Shimpo

In the afternoon of February 18, Defense Minister Naoki Tanaka visited the Second Futenma Elementary School, which is located adjacent to U.S. Marine Corps Air Station Futenma. In response to principal Harumi Chinen’s request that something be done to remove...

Okinawan governor submits opinion on the Futenma relocation plan, calling it “impossible”

Okinawan governor submits opinion on the Futenma relocation plan, calling it “impossible”

February 21, 2012 Ryukyu Shimpo

In the afternoon of February 20, in keeping with the regulations governing the environmental impact assessment report (EIA) submitted by the Okinawa Defense Bureau to the Okinawa Prefectural Government (OPG) last December on the plan to construct an alternative...

Nago Mayor delivers lecture in Washington, D.C. criticizing Japanese government

Nago Mayor delivers lecture in Washington, D.C. criticizing Japanese government

February 9, 2012 Taichi Hirayasu of Ryukyu Shimpo reports from Washington D.C.

Nago Mayor Susumu Inamine, who visited the United States to appeal to U.S. lawmakers to cancel the plan to relocate the Futenma Air Station to the coastal area of Henoko in Nago, delivered a lecture at East West...

Okinawa Prefectural Board rejects Futenma relocation plan after reviewing Henoko environmental impact report

Okinawa Prefectural Board rejects Futenma relocation plan after reviewing Henoko environmental impact report

February 8, 2012 Ryukyu Shimpo

The Okinawa Prefectural Board of Review has completed its review of the environmental impact assessment report (EIA) on the alternative facility construction plan for the relocation of U.S. Marine Corps Air Station Futenma to Henoko, Nago. On February 8, Kuniharu...

Marine Corps plans to deploy Osprey aircraft to several U.S. military facilities in Okinawa

February 1, 2012, Ryukyu Shimpo

On January 31 the Marines Corps revealed that in addition to Futenma Air Station, they plan to operate MV-22 Osprey vertical takeoff and landing transport aircraft in the U.S. Central Training Area, which includes Camp Hansen and Camp Schwab, the Northern Training...

Naha Port Authority will start pilot program of exports to Taiwan

January 31, 2012 Ryukyu Shimpo

Continuing on from the pilot program shipping less-than-container load cargos to Hong Kong that has been running since November, the Naha Port Authority will start such exports to Taiwan from February. There is no direct route from Naha to Taiwan, but some local...

Prefectural government establishes a new division to conduct independent research on the U.S.-Japan Security Treaty and to build a Japan – U.S. professional network

January 31, 2012 Ryukyu Shimpo

On January 30, the Okinawa Prefectural Government (OPG) revealed an outline of a new division designed to gather information and carry out research on security issues from April. The OPG is planning to commission specialists in Japan and the United States to...

Democratic Congressman Barney Frank to tell the U.S. President his views on the significance of the U.S. Marine Corps in Okinawa

January 26, 2012 Hideki Matsudo of Ryukyu Shimpo reports from Washington D.C.

In the afternoon on January 24, veteran Democratic Congressman Barney Frank, who is an influential politician within the U.S. government, met with members of the “Making Okinawan Voices Heard in America”...

Okinawa Prefectural Board begins to review Defense Ministry’s environmental impact assessment report for relocation of Futenma U.S. Marine Corps Air Station

Okinawa Prefectural Board begins to review Defense Ministry's environmental impact assessment report for relocation of Futenma U.S. Marine Corps Air Station

January 20, 2012 Ryukyu Shimpo

On January 19, the Okinawa Prefectural Board of Review for the environmental impact assessment report (EIA) for the alternative facility construction plan of the U.S. Marine Corps Air Station Futenma in Henoko, Nago, convened in Nishihara. At the beginning of...