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Marine major admits his involvement in a hit-and-run accident in Okinawa

December 11, 2014 Ryukyu Shimpo

A 67-year-old-man who had been riding a mini-bike on Prefectural Road 75 in Okinawa City was found lying unconscious on the road after a hit and run on December 4. The man was taken to a hospital where he remains in serious condition. The Okinawa Prefectural Police announced that a Marine Corps major assigned to Camp Courtney was involved in the accident. According to police, they matched a side mirror found at the scene to the marine’s car. As of December...


U.S. soldier arrested for trespassing in Chatan

November 29, 2014 Ryukyu Shimpo

On November 28, the Okinawa Police Station arrested a 30-year old first class-ranking staff sergeant, who is based at Kadena Air Base, on suspicion of trespassing. According to the police station, the suspect entered a room on the second floor of an apartment...

Marine barricaded in Camp Lester in Okinawa: possibly carried rifle in civilian district

November 7, 2014 Ryukyu Shimpo

On October 30, a marine barricaded himself with a rifle in housing area of Camp Lester in Chatan, setting off a standoff with military police. There is a high possibility the marine moved in the civilian district outside of the base, carrying an M-16 rifle.


US Marines take two days to reveal an aircraft part fell from Osprey

June 21, 2014 Ryukyu Shimpo

On June 20, the Okinawa Defense Bureau revealed that a part of an MV-22 Osprey aircraft belonging to the U.S. Marine Corps Air Station Futenma had fallen. It is speculated that the accident occurred between the afternoon and night on June 17. The Okinawa Defense...

U.S. Marine helicopter fails in landing on U.S.S. Denver

U.S. Marine helicopter fails in landing on U.S.S. Denver

March 7, 2014 Ryukyu Shimpo

At night on March 5, an AH-1W helicopter, which belongs to the U.S. Marine Corps Futenma Air Station, failed in its landing on the deck of U.S.S. Denver during training off the east coast of Okinawa’s main island. The right skid of the helicopter collapsed. In...

US Air Force F-15 makes emergency landing at Kadena Air Base

US Air Force F-15 makes emergency landing at Kadena Air Base

March 4, 2014 Ryukyu Shimpo

At around 10:34 a.m. March 4, an F-15C assigned to Kadena Air Base made an emergency landing at the base. The windshield of the cockpit had come off the aircraft. It is not known why the windshield fell away during flight training. The aircraft took off from the...

Soil contaminated with harmful substance at U.S. helicopter crash site

February 19, 2014 Ryukyu Shimpo

On February 18, the U.S. military announced the result of testing of soil at the site where an HH-60 rescue helicopter belonging to U.S. Air Force Kadena Air Base crashed in Camp Hansen in Ginoza last August. The lead level in one sample was 0.744 milligrams...

Camera drops from U.S. military helicopter

November 1, 2013 Ryukyu Shimpo

On November 1, it was revealed that an HH-60 rescue helicopter belonging to Kadena Air Base may have dropped its mounted camera during training. According to the Okinawa Defense Bureau, after returning from a flight training exercise U.S. military personnel realized...

Ginoza residents protest against U.S. helicopter crash

Ginoza residents protest against U.S. helicopter crash

August 23, 2013 Ryukyu Shimpo

Ginoza residents held a protest rally at the Ginoza Dome in the evening of August 22 in response to the U.S. military helicopter crash earlier that month. Wearing red headbands to indicate their protest against the U.S. military, about 1,100 people from Ginoza...

U.S. military helicopter crash leaves scar on hillside near Okawa Dam

U.S. military helicopter crash leaves scar on hillside near Okawa Dam

August 11, 2013 Ryukyu Shimpo

In the afternoon of August 10, a Ryukyu Shimpo photographer took a picture of the spot in the Central Training Area, Ginoza, where a Kadena-based HH-60 helicopter crashed on August 5. The slope of the forest near the landing strip was exposed in the fire caused...

[Editorial] Sentencing two U.S. Navy sailors for raping Okinawan woman Japan-U.S. Status-of-Forces Agreement needs to be revised

March 3, 2013 Ryukyu Shimpo

The Naha District Court sentenced one sailor to ten years in prison (12-years recommended), and the other, a petty officer third class, to nine years (10-years recommended) for the brutal rape of a young woman in Okinawa City last October.
The presiding judge...

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