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US Marine MV-22 Osprey crashes off east coast of Nago, 2 of 5 crewmembers hurt

US Marine MV-22 Osprey crashes off east coast of Nago, 2 of 5 crewmembers hurt

December 14, 2016 Ryukyu Shimpo

An MV-22 Osprey vertical takeoff and landing aircraft belonging to the Futenma base in Ginowan crashed into shallow water off the coast of Abu in Nago City at about 10:00 p.m. on December 13.

The aircraft was shattered.

According to a press release from the U.S. marines stationed on Okinawa, five crewmembers aboard the aircraft were rescued and transported to the U.S. Naval Hospital by an HH-60 helicopter belonging to Kadena Air Base.

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Prefectural government’s loss in Henoko appeal imminent with December 20 decision date

December 12, 2016 Ryukyu Shimpo online edition

In the case the Japanese government has brought against the Okinawa prefectural government regarding Governor Takeshi Onaga’s cancellation of approval to reclaim land in Henoko, the Supreme Court on December 12 set the decision date for December...

Unjust oppressions are unacceptable: more than 500 people march during an emergency rally

Unjust oppressions are unacceptable: more than 500 people march during an emergency rally

December 9, 2016 Ryukyu Shimpo

Protests against the construction of the new military base in Henoko of Nago City and the construction of a helipad in Takae of Higashi Village have been ongoing. One such protest, namely “The Emergency Rally Against Unjust Civilian Oppressions by the Abe Administration,”...

Motion for temporary injunction to suspend helipad construction rejected by Naha District Court

Motion for temporary injunction to suspend helipad construction rejected by Naha District Court

December 7, 2016 Ryukyu Shimpo

In the case 31 Takae residents brought against the Government of Japan concerning helipad construction in the U.S. military’s Northern Training Area (NTA) spanning Higashi and Kunigami Villages, on December 6, the motion for a temporary injunction to suspend...

In second Futenma noise lawsuit, court rejects demand for flight ban, claims of unconstitutionality

In second Futenma noise lawsuit, court rejects demand for flight ban, claims of unconstitutionality

November 18, 2016 Ryukyu Shimpo

On November 17, the Okinawa branch of the Naha District Court, presided over by Judge Tetsuya Fujikura, issued a judgement in the second Futenma noise lawsuit. The lawsuit saw 3,417 residents living near U.S. Maine Corps Air Station (MCAS) Futenma demand a substantial...

Nine hundred people gather to demand fair trial from Supreme Court in Henoko lawsuit

Nine hundred people gather to demand fair trial from Supreme Court in Henoko lawsuit

November 21, 2016 Ryukyu Shimpo

At noon on November 21, the All Okinawa Kaigi (All Okinawa Coalition) held a gathering in front of the Naha Branch of the Fukuoka High Court at Jogaku Park, demanding a neutral and fair trial from the Supreme Court. According to the organizers, 900 people participated...

Survey shows coral in Oura is “healthy” with some bleaching

Survey shows coral in Oura is “healthy” with some bleaching

November 17, 2016 Ryukyu Shimpo

A group named “The Association for Fishers who Protect and Harness Beautiful Sea” conducted a survey on the coral reef in Oura Bay, Nago City, on November 16. The group consists of those who are involved in fishery and are against the construction of the...

Okinawans overjoyed at successful heart transplantation of one-year-old Himari

Okinawans overjoyed at successful heart transplantation of one-year-old Himari

November 16, 2016 Ryukyu Shimpo

One-year-old Himari Morikawa traveled to the United States to undergo a cardiac transplantation and the operation was successfully carried out on November 14. Head of “Save Himari Association,” Narimasa Tsuha, said, “We managed to be successful...

Majority of Sekisei shoko coral reef dies with 97 % extremely severely bleached

Majority of Sekisei shoko coral reef dies with 97 % extremely severely bleached

November 10, 2016 Ryukyu Shimpo

The Ministry of the Environment’s Naha Office announced results from a survey on Sekisei shoko coral reef, one of the largest coral reef in Japan. The reef was being monitored for bleaching due to long-term high water temperatures this summer. The result was...

Fisherman Yamashiro: Destroying the forests will kill the ocean

Fisherman Yamashiro: Destroying the forests will kill the ocean

November 15, 2016 Ryukyu Shimpo

On November 14, a protest boat took to the sea for the first time in the protest movement against the U.S. military helipads being constructed in Takae. The protest boat was manned by fisherman Yoshikatsu Yamashiro, age 72. Yamashiro waited on the boat for his...

Petition for Korean victims of Battle of Okinawa to be inscribed on Okinawa Cornerstone of Peace Memorial

Petition for Korean victims of Battle of Okinawa to be inscribed on Okinawa Cornerstone of Peace Memorial

November 10, 2016 Ryukyu Shimpo

On November 9, Yoshiko Uema, the executive director of “Okinawa Han no kai” an organization that helps families of Korean victims of the Battle of Okinawa, and fukiko okimoto visited the Okinawa Prefectural Government Peace Support and Gender Equality Division....