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Foreign Ministry does not intend to investigate the Agent Orange issue in Okinawa

November 25, 2011 Ryukyu Shimpo

On November 24, the Okinawa Liaison Office of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs stated that it will not carry out additional research regarding articles reporting U.S. veterans’ claims that a highly toxic defoliant containing dioxin was used extensively in the U.S. military facilities in northern Okinawa. The reason for this is that “The U.S. government doubts the credibility of these articles.” The Office said this in response to Yuichi Higa, the...

 

Okinawa defense chief sacked for his injudicious remark

Okinawa defense chief sacked for his injudicious remark

November 29, 2011 Ryukyu Shimpo

In the evening of November 29, the government announced that it would dismiss 50 year-old Satoshi Tanaka, the director general of the Okinawa Defense Bureau after he had made a remark the previous evening (November 28) in which he compared the delayed submission...

Okinawa defense official’s injudicious remark regarding the submission of the Henoko environmental impact report

Okinawa defense official's injudicious remark regarding the submission of the Henoko environmental impact report

November 29, 2011 Ryukyu Shimpo

When asked why Defense Minister Yasuo Ichikawa has not gone any further than saying, “The government is preparing to submit the environmental impact report to the prefecture before the end of the year,” and why Ichikawa avoids giving a clear schedule...

“Moving Marines to Australia is a smart move,” suggests the former U.S. Assistant Secretary of Defense Prof. Nye

“Moving Marines to Australia is a smart move,” suggests the former U.S. Assistant Secretary of Defense Prof. Nye

November 23, 2011 Ryukyu Shimpo

Former U.S. Assistant Secretary of Defense of the Clinton administration, Professor Joseph Nye supports the United States Government’s policy to move the U.S. Marine Corps to Australia. He is known as a key figure in the pro-Japanese group, and has been...

Okinawa Prefectural Assembly unanimously moves to request that the government not submit the Henoko evaluation report

Okinawa Prefectural Assembly unanimously moves to request that the government not submit the Henoko evaluation report

November 15, 2011

In an extraordinary meeting held on November 14, the Okinawa Prefectural Assembly, chaired by Zenshin Takamine, unanimously decided to ask the central government not to submit the evaluation report on the environmental impact of the relocation of United States Marine Corps...

Nago mayor prepared to go on his own visit to the United States in January

Nago mayor prepared to go on his own visit to the United States in January

November 8, 2011 Ryukyu Shimpo

At a routine press conference held on November 7, with regard to making a direct request to the United States Government to relocate the Marine Corps Futenma Air Station outside of the prefecture, Nago Mayor Susumu Inamine said, “If I cannot visit the United...

Article on CNN website advocates that U.S. Marines in Okinawa be moved to the United States

Article on CNN website advocates that U.S. Marines in Okinawa be moved to the United States

November 6, 2011 Ryukyu Shimpo

“Rethink U.S. military base plans for Japan,” an article co-written by Mike Mochizuki, professor at George Washington University specializing in U.S.-Japan relations and Michael O’Hanlon, senior fellow at Brookings specializing in U.S. security and defense...

Rift between Okinawa and Tokyo-Washington DC further expanded by Japan-U.S. defense ministers’ meeting

Rift between Okinawa and Tokyo-Washington DC further expanded by Japan-U.S. defense ministers' meeting

October 26, 2011 Ryukyu Shimpo

Nago Mayor says, “The evaluation report has no meaning”

With regard to the defense ministers’ meeting of Yasuo Ichikawa and Leon E. Panetta, in which the relocation of the U.S. Marine Corps Futenma Air Station to Henoko in Nago City and the...

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...

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...