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Okinawa Governor Onaga considers cancelling approval of new U.S military base construction

Okinawa Governor Onaga considers cancelling approval of new U.S military base construction

February 20, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo

On February 19, the regular monthly meeting of the Okinawa Prefectural Assembly was held. At the meeting, Okinawa Governor Takeshi Onaga announced the policy of the prefectural government for the fiscal year of 2015. Onaga talked about the relocation plan for U.S. Marine Corps Air Station Futenma to Henoko in the Nago district. He once again stressed, “As the Okinawa governor given a mandate by the Okinawan people, I will govern on the basis of preventing...

 

PET bottles save drowning man in river

PET bottles save drowning man in river

February 17, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo

PET bottles have saved a man who fell into a river in Naha. At 0:28 p.m. on February, Naha City Fire Headquarters received an emergency phone call from a citizen. He said, “A man fell into the river.” He noticed the man when he was walking on a road...

Corals destroyed in Oura Bay

Corals destroyed in Oura Bay

February 15, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo

Large concrete blocks weighing 10-45 tons have damaged coral in Oura Bay, Nago, the planned site of the replacement base for U.S. Marine Corps Air Station Futenma. The Okinawa Defense Bureau has installed blocks on the seabed to fix floats marking a temporary...

Takae residents protest against Japanese government agreeing to provide land for US helipads before returning region’s land occupied by US military

Takae residents protest against Japanese government agreeing to provide land for US helipads before returning region's land occupied by US military

February 16, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo

The U.S. military plans to build military helipads as a condition of the partial return of its Northern Training Area. The governments of Japan and the United States agreed to provide two touchdown areas in N4 area, which is the closest to Takae Village, before...

Henoko protesters detained by US military

Henoko protesters detained by US military

February 23, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo

On February 22, officers from Nago Police Station arrested two men for allegedly trespassing onto U.S. Marine Camp Schwab. According to the Okinawa Prefectural Police, they have been charged with violating the Act on Special Measures Concerning Criminal Cases.

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Okinawa Governor orders Defense Bureau to stop installing concrete blocks in the sea off Henoko

Okinawa Governor orders Defense Bureau to stop installing concrete blocks in the sea off Henoko

February 17, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo

As part of the forced relocation of U.S Marine Corps Air Station to Henoko in Nago City, the Okinawa Defense Bureau has dropped concrete blocks weighing between 10 and 45 tons on the seabed at dozens of locations off the coast of Henoko. The concrete blocks placed...

Stop the installation of anchors at Oura Bay: 2,662 citizens sign petition to governor

Stop the installation of anchors at Oura Bay: 2,662 citizens sign petition to governor

February 12, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo 

In relation to the U.S Marine Corps Air Station relocation to Henoko in Nago City, 2,662 citizens handed in an urgent petition to Okinawa Governor Takeshi Onaga on February 10. The citizens asked the Okinawa Prefectural government to order the Okinawa Defense...

Okinawan couple holds a Ryukyuan wedding on Kokusai Street

Okinawan couple holds a Ryukyuan wedding on Kokusai Street

February 10, 2015

On February 8 at Kokusai Street and the Naha Bunka Tenbusu Hall in Naha City, a public Ryukyuan wedding was held. The ceremony was a re-enactment of a traditional ceremony from the Ryukyu Kingdom era. ANA Crowne Plaza Hotel Okinawa Harborview sponsored the event to commemorate...

[Editorial]US Marine Corps officials’ insulting remarks: It is time to leave

February 14, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo

U.S. Marine Corps officials have frequently made insulting remarks against Okinawan people opposing U.S. base construction. Their remarks are not just personal opinions, but reflect an entrenched attitude. We cannot help but say prejudice is deeply ingrained...

US commander claims protesters against helipad construction being paid-off

US commander claims protesters against helipad construction being paid-off

February 13, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo

The government of Japan is building U.S. helipads within the Northern Training Area (NTA) near Takae to return a part of the training area to landowners based on an agreement between Japan and the United States. Local citizens have been protesting against the...

Nago City Assembly asks JCG to stop taking excessive actions against citizens

Nago City Assembly asks JCG to stop taking excessive actions against citizens

February 12, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo

The Okinawa Defense Bureau is carrying out construction of a new base to replace Marine Corps Air Station Futenma in Henoko, Nago. Citizens protesting the construction, have continuously been injured by excessive force used by officers of the Japan Coast Guard...