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Relocation of Futenma Air Station:U.S. Defense Secretary urges Japan to move as soon as possible on application procedures for the Henoko landfill

Relocation of Futenma Air Station:U.S. Defense Secretary urges Japan to move as soon as possible on application procedures for the Henoko landfill

October 26, 2011 Ryukyu Shimpo
On October 25, one after another, Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda, Foreign Minister Koichiro Gemba and Defense Minister Yasuo Ichikawa met with U.S. Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta in Tokyo. They explained to him that the Japanese government will submit to Okinawa Prefectural Government the evaluation report of the environmental impact assessment of the relocation of the U.S. Marine Corps Futenma Air Station to Henoko in Nago City, and agreed that it is important...

 

Nago Mayor demands the withdrawal of the Henoko plan to Foreign Minister, who is driving it as the site for the Futenma relocation

Nago Mayor demands the withdrawal of the Henoko plan to Foreign Minister, who is driving it as the site for the Futenma relocation

October 20, 2011 Ryukyu Shimpo

On October 19, Foreign Minister Koichiro Genba met with Nago Mayor Susumu Inamine at Nago City Hall, and with Okinawa Governor Hirokazu Nakaima at the Okinawa Prefectural Office. He requested their understanding with regard to the plan to relocate the Futenma...

Defense Minister says Henoko environmental impact report will be submitted to Okinawa Governor and Nago Mayor before the end of the year

Defense Minister says Henoko environmental impact report will be submitted to Okinawa Governor and Nago Mayor before the end of the year

October 18, 2011 Ryukyu Shimpo

On October 17, Defense Minister Yasuo Ichikawa met with Okinawa Governor Hirokazu Nakaima at the Okinawa Prefectural Office, and then with Nago City Mayor Susumu Inamine at Nago City Hall. At these meetings, he explained that before the end of this year he intends...

Futenma helicopters’ routine operations significantly extended beyond limits of their flight path

Futenma helicopters’ routine operations significantly extended beyond limits of their flight path

October 7, 2011 Ryukyu Shimpo

On October 6, the Okinawa Defense Bureau released the results of a survey conducted from January 1, 2010 until March 31, 2011 on the flight activities of rotary-wing craft based in the U.S. Marine Corps Futenma Air Station. Many helicopter flight activities went...

Plaintiffs of Futenma helicopter roar suit call for more residents to put their hands up

Plaintiffs of Futenma helicopter roar suit call for more residents to put their hands up

October 6, 2011 Ryukyu Shimpo

The plaintiffs of the Futenma helicopter roar suit, led by Zenji Shimada, held a press conference in Ginowan City on October 5 in which they called for residents living around the air station to join them in preparing a second lawsuit next March to eliminate noise...

Relocating U.S. Marines outside of Okinawa entails no significant loss of operational effectiveness

October 5, 2011 Ryukyu Shimpo

In an essay published in the September/October 2011 issue of Foreign Affairs, an American magazine and website focusing on international relations and U.S. foreign policy, Senior Political Scientist Eric Heginbotham and Associate Political Scientist Ely Ratner...

122 billion yen paid by Japan for the relocation of U.S. forces to Guam but its use is still up in the air

October 4, 2011 Ryukyu Shimpo

Despite the Japanese government having paid about 122 billion yen since 2009 as their share of the burden of the cost of relocating the United States Marines Corps in Okinawa to Guam, the use of this money is still up in the air. This was revealed by a reporter...

Part of the U.S. Marine Corps fighter jet drills relocated to Guam from Okinawa

October 5, 2011 Ryukyu Shimpo

On October 4, Defense Minister Yasuo Ichikawa announced that in keeping with the agreement reached to help ease the base-hosting burden of Okinawa, from October 10 the Japanese and U.S. governments will relocate some of the U.S. Marine Corps fighter jet drills...

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.”...

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...