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Tires drop from US military chopper over Okinawa sky

March 9 2017 Ryukyu Shimpo

In a helipad commonly called a “Falcon”, located at Camp Hansen in the vicinity of the Shirohara district of Ginoza Village on March 8, the U.S.Marines Corps in Okinawa resumed for the first time in about three months chopper flight training that involves suspending objects. The aircraft accidently dropped several vehicle tires from the sky into the base. Local resident Tadanobu Izumi, who witnessed the training, said, “We have requested the U.S. military...

 

Court orders Okinawa to cancel documents disclosure decision in Japanese government lawsuit

Court orders Okinawa to cancel documents disclosure decision in Japanese government lawsuit

March 7, 2017 Ryukyu Shimpo 

On the morning of March 7 the Naha District Court handed down a decision in the case concerning the Okinawa prefectural government (OPG) decision to disclose an agreement between the governments of Okinawa, Japan, and the U.S. on the use of prefectural road 70,...

Pointing out the contradiction of deploying Ground Self-Defense Forces

Pointing out the contradiction of deploying Ground Self-Defense Forces

February 28, 2017 Ryukyu Shimpo

On February 28 at the Diet, a citizens group that opposes the Ground Self-Defense Force being deployed to the Nansei Islands held negotiations with the government requesting that the troops be removed. The citizens group pointed out the government’s contradiction....

Aircraft circle private property in Ginoza despite local appeals against use of nearby helipad

Aircraft circle private property in Ginoza despite local appeals against use of nearby helipad

March 3, 2017 Ryukyu Shimpo

On March 2, aircraft from Futenma Air Station including MV-22 Osprey vertical takeoff and landing aircraft conducted low-altitude flight training at a helipad commonly called “Falcon” in the vicinity of Ginoza Village, Shirohara Ward. At its highest the sound...

Mass gathering demanding release of Yamashiro and detainees held before Naha District Court

Mass gathering demanding release of Yamashiro and detainees held before Naha District Court

February 24, 2017 Ryukyu Shimpo

On February 24, at a park near the Naha District Court, the Free Hiroji Yamashiro and Other Protestors Now mass gathering was held to demand the prompt release of chairman of the Okinawa Peace Movement Center Hiroji Yamashiro and other detainees. Yamashiro’s...

In third Kadena noise lawsuit, demand for flight injunction dismissed but 30.2 billion ordered in damages

In third Kadena noise lawsuit, demand for flight injunction dismissed but 30.2 billion ordered in damages

February 24, 2017 Ryukyu Shimpo
In the third Kadena noise lawsuit, in which 22,048 residents living near U.S. Kadena Air Station demanded an injunction against nighttime and early morning flights by U.S. military aircraft and damages for past and future harm they have incurred, the Okinawa branch...

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...

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...