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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 Japanese sovereignty, responded to a request from the Ryukyu Shimpo for an interview. Four decades ago, he drafted the National Security Decision Memorandum 13 (NSDM 13), a top-secret file that summarized...

 

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...

U.S. government to dispatch Osprey to Okinawa in July

May 12, 2012 Ryukyu Shimpo

Several government officials revealed on May 11 that the U.S. government has notified Tokyo that it intends to dispatch the MV-22 Osprey vertical take-off and landing transport aircraft to Marine Corps Air Station Futenma in a disassembled state by ship to the Naha...

U.S. and Japanese governments possibly padding the number of Marines in Okinawa

U.S. and Japanese governments possibly padding the number of Marines in Okinawa

May 3, 2012 Ryukyu Shimpo

On May 2, in response to a question from the Okinawa Prefectural Government (OPG), a representative of the U.S. forces in Okinawa said that the actual number of U.S. Marines in Okinawa amounted to 15365 (the number recorded at the end of June 2011). Although the U.S....

Joint statement does not touch upon Futenma relocation issue

Joint statement does not touch upon Futenma relocation issue

May 1, 2012 Hideki Matsudo of Ryukyu Shimpo reports from Washington D.C.
At noon on April 30, Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda met with U.S. President Barack Obama at the White House. The two leaders spoke of a dynamic defense force, in which the Japan Self-Defense Forces will gear up for surveillance...

U.S. Government to deploy MV-22 Osprey to Futenma in July, ahead of schedule

U.S. Government to deploy MV-22 Osprey to Futenma in July, ahead of schedule

April 25, 2012 Ryukyu Shimpo

The United States Government will deploy the MV-22 Osprey vertical take-off and landing transport aircraft to the U.S. Marine Corps Air Station Futenma in July, earlier than stated in the original planned timing of autumn this year. On April 24, several Japanese...

Protest rally against Japan’s participation in TPP talks

Protest rally against Japan’s participation in TPP talks

April 20, 2012 Ryukyu Shimpo

On April 20, the “Protest rally against Japan’s participation in talks on the Trans-Pacific Partnership Trade Agreement (TPP) was held at Tedako Hall in Urasoe in order to protect food, agriculture and people’s livelihoods in Okinawa.

According...

Japanese government sticks to Henoko relocation plan

March 31, 2012 Ryukyu Shimpo

After Okinawa Governor Hirokazu Nakaima submitted a written statement of opinion on the environmental impact assessment report (EIA) on the plan to construct an alternative facility for the relocation of Futenma Air Station to Henoko, Nago, and demanded the relocation...

Okinawa governor rejects environmental impact assessment report

Okinawa governor rejects environmental impact assessment report

March 28, 2012 Ryukyu Shimpo

On March 27, a representative of the Civil Engineering and Construction Division of the Okinawa Prefectural Government (OPG) submitted a written statement of opinion from Governor of Okinawa Hirokazu Nakaima to Okinawa Defense Bureau (ODB) with regard to the land...

Deputy prime minister insists that maintenance and repair of Futenma Air Station is necessary

Deputy prime minister insists that maintenance and repair of Futenma Air Station is necessary

March 18, 2012 Ryukyu Shimpo

Deputy Prime Minister Katsuya Okada, who visited Okinawa for the first time since he was appointed, met Ginowan mayor Atsushi Sakima in the municipal office on March 17. Okada insisted that maintenance and repair work on U.S. Marine Corps Air Station Futenma is...