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“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 involved in the relocation of U.S. Marine Corps Futenma Air Station issue from about 15 years ago. Nye contributed an article entitled “A Pivot That Is Long Overdue” to the opinion pages...

 

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...

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...