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Yonaguni Town Assembly rejects local referendum on deployment of Self-Defense Forces

September 25, 2012 Ryukyu Shimpo

On September 24, the Yonaguni Town Assembly voted on a bill proposing a referendum to ask the public about the construction of a Self-Defense Forces base in the island. The bill was rejected with two in favor and three opposed. Local residents initiated the bill but the assembly decided not to go ahead with a referendum because the bill was voted down. The members of the Yonaguni Reformation Conference who collected signatures for the initiative were dissatisfied...

 

Citizen group sit-in block gates to U.S. Futenma base

Citizen group sit-in block gates to U.S. Futenma base

September 28, 2012 Ryukyu Shimpo

From 9:00am on September 28, in front of the Oyama gate of the U.S. Marine Corps Air Station Futenma, about 100 people from civil groups such as the Okinawa Peace Movement Center and labor unions held a rally to protest against the deployment of MV-22 Osprey...

First landing of MV-22 Osprey in Okinawa amid strong protest from residents

First landing of MV-22 Osprey in Okinawa amid strong protest from residents

October 2, 2012 Ryukyu Shimpo

On October 1, the U.S. Marine Corps began to deploy MV-22 Osprey vertical take-off and landing transport aircraft to MCAS Futenma. At 7:11am, two MV-22s that had been temporarily at MCAS Iwakuni in Yamaguchi Prefecture, landed at Futenma, and by 11:47am a total...

First test flights of MV-22 Osprey held in Iwakuni

First test flights of MV-22 Osprey held in Iwakuni

September 22, 2012 Kenyu Uchima of Ryukyu Shimpo

On September 21, at the Iwakuni base in Yamaguchi Prefecture, the U.S. Marine Corps began test flights of the MV-22 Osprey vertical take-off and landing transport aircraft. The MV-22 squadrons are staying temporarily in Iwakuni, before they move...

Japanese government proclaims Osprey to be safe, and will deploy them to Futenma

September 20, 2012 Ryukyu Shimpo

On September 19, at the Japanese Ministry of Foreign Affairs, a Japan-U.S. Joint Committee met to consider the deployment of the MV-22 Osprey to the U.S. Marine Corps Air Station Futenma. The two governments agreed on a set of measures designed to ensure the...

Delegation from mass rally asks government to cancel deployment

Delegation from mass rally asks government to cancel deployment

September 14, 2012 Ryukyu Shimpo

On September 13, a delegation from the Okinawan People’s Mass Rally held in Ginowan on September 9 demanded that the government cancel the deployment of the Osprey aircraft. The 44-member delegation met Defense Minister Satoshi Morimoto, Foreign Minister...

Okinawa Governor criticizes Japanese government for understating Osprey emergency landing in North Carolina

Okinawa Governor criticizes Japanese government for understating Osprey emergency landing in North Carolina

September 12, 2012 Ryukyu Shimpo

On September 11 Defense Minister Satoshi Morimoto met Okinawa Governor Hirokazu Nakaima at the Okinawa Prefectural Office and explained that the emergency landing by an MV-22 Osprey in a field behind a church in Jacksonville, North Carolina on September 6 was...

GI Antiwar Movement and Okinawa II

GI Antiwar Movement and Okinawa II

June 4, 2012 ChotaTakamine

The Los Angeles based filmmaker Eric Watson is well known to the American film industry. He worked alongside successful director Darren Aronofsky. Watson has been creating challenging films.

In his early childhood, Watson lived briefly in Okinawa when his mother...

GI Antiwar Movement and Okinawa

GI Antiwar Movement and Okinawa

May 21, 2012 ChotaTakamine

Around the time when Okinawa returned to Japanese sovereignty in 1972, American activists came to Okinawa to support the GI Antiwar Movement. In cooperation with...

Tens of thousands participate in protest rally against Osprey deployment in Okinawa

Tens of thousands participate in protest rally against Osprey deployment in Okinawa

September 10, 2012 Ryukyu Shimpo

At 11:00am on September 9, a mass rally was held at the Ginowan Seaside Park to protest against the deployment of the MV-22 Osprey to the U.S. Marine Corps Air Station Futenma.

According to rally organizers, 101000 people took part in Ginowan, so combined...

Okinawa Governor has difficulty accepting the Osprey to Futenma Air Station

Okinawa Governor has difficulty accepting the Osprey to Futenma Air Station

August 30, 2012 Ryukyu Shimpo

On August 29, Defense Minister Satoshi Morimoto visited Okinawa to report on the results of the investigation into the crash of an MV-22 Osprey that occurred in Morocco this April. During his stay he met with Okinawa Governor Hirokazu Nakaima, Ginowan Mayor Atsushi...