Archive for the Politics Category

Recent News

In 2007 three U.S. military officers suggested that the Osprey is not the most appropriate aircraft for the Marine Corps

In 2007 three U.S. military officers suggested that the Osprey is not the most appropriate aircraft for the Marine Corps

July 15, 2012 Hideki Matsudo of Ryukyu Shimpo reports from Washington D.C.

Objections have arisen within the U.S. military with regard to the introduction of MV-22 Osprey vertical take-off and landing transport aircraft. In 2007, officers enrolled at the Naval Postgraduate School in California published an MBA report entitled “Tilt-Rotor or Helicopter?” The authors questioned the Osprey aircraft’s flying capabilities in comparison to those of the EH-101 helicopters in...

 

Cargo ship carrying Osprey aircraft departs U.S. port for Iwakuni

July 3, 2012 Ryukyu Shimpo

On July 2 government officials reported that the cargo ship carrying the MV-22 Osprey vertical take-off and landing transport aircraft, which will be deployed at U.S. Marine Corps Air Station Futenma, departed from San Diego, California, and is heading for U.S. Iwakuni...

Ginowan Mayor asks Defense Minister to stop Osprey deployment

June 30, 2012 Ryukyu Shimpo

On June 30, for the first time since his inauguration Defense Minister Satoshi Morimoto visited Okinawa to explain the plan for the MV-22 Osprey vertical take-off and landing transport aircraft’s deployment to U.S. Marine Corps Futenma Air Station. That afternoon,...

Okinawa Governor tells Defense Minister: “If the governments bulldoze their way to deploy the Osprey, all U.S. bases will be closed immediately.”

Okinawa Governor tells Defense Minister:

July 1, 2012 Ryukyu Shimpo

In the morning of July 1, at the Okinawa Prefectural Office, Defense Minister Satoshi Morimoto met Okinawa Governor Hirokazu Nakaima and explained the deployment plan to U.S. Marine Corps Air Station Futenma for the MV-22 Osprey vertical take-off and landing transport...

Pressure brought to bear to change findings of report on Osprey crash in Afghanistan in 2010 – “It was human error that caused it.”

June 25, 2012 Hideki Matsudo of Ryukyu Shimpo reports from Washington D.C.

MV-22 Osprey vertical take-off and landing transport aircraft are to be deployed to U.S. Marine Corps Futenma Air Station in August. The early retirement of the leader of the accident investigation board for the Osprey...

Marine Corps to operate Osprey aircraft all over Okinawa

Marine Corps to operate Osprey aircraft all over Okinawa

June 14, 2012 Ryukyu Shimpo

On May 13, the Ministry of Defense submitted a report put together by the U.S. Marine Corps entitled, “Final Environmental Review for Basing the MV-22 aircraft at Marine Corps Air Station (MCAS) Futenma and Operating in Japan,” to the Okinawa Prefectural...

Criticism is growing in the United States regarding the safety of the Osprey

Criticism is growing in the United States regarding the safety of the Osprey

June 13, 2012 Hideki Matsudo of Ryukyu Shimpo reports from Washington D.C.

The lobby seeking to stop the procurement plan of the MV-22 Osprey vertical take-off and landing transport aircraft is becoming stronger in the United States. On May 17, Congressman Mike Quigley from Illinois put forward...

Okinawa Kizuna Declaration

Okinawa Kizuna Declaration

May 27, 2012 Ryukyu Shimpo

The 6th Pacific Islands Leaders Meeting (PALM6), which was held at the Bankoku Shinryokan resort in Nago, came to a close on May 26. Leaders from 16 Pacific island countries who participated in PALM6 released a joint document named the Okinawa Kizuna Declaration,...

A former senior official of the U.S. Government recommends reviewing bases that “the people on Okinawa do not want.”

A former senior official of the U.S. Government recommends reviewing bases that

May 13, 2012 Hideki Matsudo of Ryukyu Shimpo reports from Washington D.C.

On May 11, in Washington D.C., former U.S. Government senior official Morton Halperin, who in the past was responsible for negotiating with the Japanese Government on matters relating to the reversion of Okinawa to...

U.S. Senate panel rejects budget for transferring Marines stationed in Okinawa to Guam

May 17, 2012 Hideki Matsudo of Ryukyu Shimpo reports from Washington D.C.

On May 15, the Subcommittee on Military Construction within the Appropriations Committee, which is chaired by Daniel Inouye, rejected the 26 million dollars requested from the draft fiscal 2013 spending bill (for the...

Okinawa marks 40th anniversary of return to Japan Prime Minister pledges not to allow Futenma base to become a permanent fixture

Okinawa marks 40th anniversary of return to Japan   Prime Minister pledges not to allow Futenma base to become a permanent fixture

May 16, 2012 Ryukyu Shimpo

On May 15, the day that Okinawa marked the 40th anniversary of its reversion to Japanese sovereignty, the central government and the Okinawa Prefectural Government co-hosted a ceremony at the Okinawa Convention Center in Ginowan. Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda expressed...