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US military ignores local residents’ objections to parachute drop training in Uruma

US military ignores local residents’ objections to parachute drop training in Uruma

February 24, 2017 Ryukyu Shimpo

On February 23 a little after 11:30 a.m., the U.S. Air Force conducted parachute drop training over the water at the Tsuken Island Training Area in Uruma City. The Okinawa Defense Bureau (ODB) notified residents of Uruma City the day prior that there might be parachute training. Okinawans are protesting to have water training areas contained at Ie-jima, based in the Special Action Committee on Okinawa (SACO) final report. Despite repeated protests, local...

 

Mannequin flash mob to call for release of Okinawa peace activist Yamashiro

Mannequin flash mob to call for release of Okinawa peace activist Yamashiro

February 13 2017 Ryukyu Shimpo

The detention of the chairman of the Okinawa Peace Movement Center Hiroji Yamashiro, who took on a central role in the movements opposing Henoko base construction and Takae helipad construction, has continued for about four months. Eight people mainly from Yomitan...

Japanese court dismisses Kadena noise suit against U.S., citing lack of jurisdiction

Japanese court dismisses Kadena noise suit against U.S., citing lack of jurisdiction

February 9, 2017 Ryukyu Shimpo

On the afternoon of February 9, the Okinawa branch of the Naha District Court (presiding judge: Tetsuya Fujikura) handed down a ruling in a case brought against the United States by 146 of the plaintiffs in the third Kadena noise lawsuit. The 146 plaintiffs were...

Woman opposes the bases despite having two former U.S. soldiers as sons-in-laws

Woman opposes the bases despite having two former U.S. soldiers as sons-in-laws

February 8, 2017 Ryukyu Shimpo

Yoko Tabuki

One woman in her 60s has been making her way from Naha to attend protests in front of the U.S military base Camp Schwab in Henoko, Nago. Her two daughters are married to former U.S. soldiers, one of which is currently employed as a civilian...

About 250 protest at Camp Schwab gates as bad weather delays work on Henoko base

About 250 protest at Camp Schwab gates as bad weather delays work on Henoko base

February 9, 2017 Ryukyu Shimpo

On the morning of February 9, about 250 citizens gathered at the three gates to Camp Schwab to protest construction of a new base in Henoko, which is meant to act as a replacement facility to Futenma Air Station. The number of riot police cars increased from...

ODB begins submerging concrete blocks in Oura Bay to restrict Henoko base construction site

ODB begins submerging concrete blocks in Oura Bay to restrict Henoko base construction site

February 7, 2017 Ryukyu Shimpo  

On February 7 at about 9:25 a.m., the Okinawa Defense Bureau (ODB) began work off the shore of Camp Schwab in Oura Bay, placing large concrete blocks underwater to form a temporarily restricted area for construction of a new base in Henoko, which is intended...

Complete skeleton found in cave in Yaese believed to belong to Japanese soldier

Complete skeleton found in cave in Yaese believed to belong to Japanese soldier

February 1, 2017 Yukiko Toyohama of Ryukyu Shimpo

On January 31, a complete skeleton believed to belong to a Japanese soldier from the Battle of Okinawa was found in a cave at Asato, Yaese. The remains are complete with a skull, shoulder blades, tailbone, thighbones, shin bones, upper arm bones,...

Above-sea fence at Henoko almost finished, protesters removed by riot police

Above-sea fence at Henoko almost finished, protesters removed by riot police

January 27, 2016 Ryukyu Shimpo Digital Edition

(Henoko issue reporting team) To facilitate the construction of a new base in Henoko, Nago in conjunction with the relocation of U.S. Marine Corps Air Station Futenma, on January 27, the Okinawa Defense Bureau brought floats with support pillars...

Gathering before Naha District Court backs Amnesty International’s call for Yamashiro’s release

Gathering before Naha District Court backs Amnesty International’s call for Yamashiro’s release

January 31, 2017 Ryukyu Shimpo

The detention of chairman of the Okinawa Peace Movement Center Hiroji Yamashiro, who took on a central role in the movements opposing Henoko base construction and Takae helipad construction, has continued for more than 100 days. He was arrested and indicted on...

Amnesty International begins international movement calling for the immediate release of imprisoned Okinawan peace movement leader

January 28, 2017 Ryukyu Shimpo

Sakae Toiyama reporting from Washington D.C.

The international human rights organization Amnesty International began an international campaign calling for the immediate release of Hiroji Yamashiro, director of the Okinawa Peace Movement Center on January...

Naha Airport’s runway closed for hours after JASDF F15 wheel tire breaks

Naha Airport's runway closed for hours after JASDF F15 wheel tire breaks

January 30, 2017 Ryukyu Shimpo

On the afternoon of January 30, at Naha Airport, an F-15 belonging to the Japan Air Self-Defense Force (JASDF) got stuck near the southern end of the runway after its nose wheel tire broke. The plane was one of four F-15 Strike Eagle jets taking off to carry out...