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US Marine Corp to deploy Osprey at Futenma Air Station

US Marine Corp to deploy Osprey at Futenma Air Station

June 7, 2011 Ryukyu Shimpo

On June 6, the Okinawa Defense Bureau (ODB) officially notified the prefectural government and relevant municipalities of Ginowan City, Nago City and Kin Town that the U.S. Marine Corps will deploy MV-22 Osprey vertical takeoff and landing transport aircraft at the Futenma Air Station from 2012.
It has been confirmed that the Marine Corps will conduct daily familiarization training flights for Osprey crew in northern area of Okinawa.
In the past, the...

 

Establish a facility for gathering information in the United States

June 4, 2011 Ryukyu Shimpo

On June 3, Head of the Executive Office of the Governor Susumu Matayoshi gave the media an explanation of his official trip to the United States, which commenced on May 22.
Matayoshi indicated a willingness to locate some form of center of information gathering...

Relocation of Tori Shima Range to Iwo-Tori-shima

Relocation of Tori Shima Range to Iwo-Tori-shima

May 26, 2011 Ryukyu Shimpo

The Ministry of Defense (MOD) announced that it is considering relocating the Tori Shima range used by the U.S. military (0.04 square kilometers, Kumejima Town) to Iwo-Tori-shima (2.5 square kilometers, Kumejima Town), located in the northernmost region of Okinawa....

Local leaders around U.S. Kadena Airbase protest against parachute training

May 25, 2011 Ryukyu Shimpo

On May 25, Chairwoman Mitsuko Tomon, mayor of Okinawa City, and other leaders of the Trilateral Liaison Council concerning U.S. Kadena Airbase met with Colonel David Nahom, commander of the 18th Operations Group, 18th Wing, Kadena Air Base to protest against parachute...

Three municipalities around Kadena Air Base united in their strong opposition to the integration plan with Futenma

Three municipalities around Kadena Air Base united in their strong opposition to the integration plan with Futenma

May 20, 2011 Ryukyu Shimpo
At a press conference held at the Chatan Town Hall on May 19, the mayors of Okinawa City, Chatan and Kadena Town and the chairpeople of their three assemblies, namely the group of six that makes up the Trilateral Liaison Council concerning U.S. Kadena Airbase, declared...

Kadena Town Assembly resolution seeks withdrawal of U.S. senators’ proposal regarding the relocation of Futenma

Kadena Town Assembly resolution seeks withdrawal of U.S. senators' proposal regarding the relocation of Futenma

May 18, 2011 Ryukyu Shimpo

The Kadena Town Assembly, chaired by Hiromi Tasaki, held an extraordinary session on May 17 to discuss the proposal by U.S. senator Carl Levin of the Senate Armed Services Committee and others that their government consider the option of integrating the facilities...

Extra edition: relocation of Futenma Air Station unrealistic

Extra edition: relocation of Futenma Air Station unrealistic

May 12, 2011 Ryukyu Shimpo

Carl Levin, Chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee and John McCain, senior United States Senator, announced on May 11 that they consider the current plan put forward by both the U.S. and Japanese governments for the relocation of Futenma Air Station to be...

Defense Minister Kitazawa meets Governor to emphasize the policy to relocate the Futenma facilities to Henoko

Defense Minister Kitazawa meets Governor to emphasize the policy to relocate the Futenma facilities to Henoko

May 7, 2011 Ryukyu Shimpo

On May 7, Minister of Defense Minister Toshimi Kitazawa met with the Okinawan Prefectural Governor Hirokazu Nakaima at the Prefectural Government Offices. Kitazawa stated, “While we are mindful of your feelings and your political position as the Governor of Okinawa,...

Relocation of Futenma facilities within Okinawa impossible

March 24, 2011. Ryukyu Shimpo

The Upper House Budget Committee, headed by Takeshi Maeda, held a public hearing on “Foreign and Security Policy” on March 23. During the hearing, Ukeru Magosaki, former Director General of the Intelligence and Analysis Bureau in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs...