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Okinawa Prefectural Assembly passes protest resolution over December 13 Osprey crash

Okinawa Prefectural Assembly passes protest resolution over December 13 Osprey crash

December 22, 2016 Ryukyu Shimpo

On December 22, at the Prefectural Assembly’s final regular meeting of the year, the protest resolution and written opinion proposed by the ruling party passed by majority. As a strong protest to the Osprey crash on December 13, the resolution demands the withdrawal of Osprey deployment in Okinawa, abandonment of Futenma Air Station relocation within Okinawa, and the withdrawal of the Marine Corps from Okinawa, among other requests. The LDP’s proposed...

 

Digital Edition Extra: Supreme Court dismisses Okinawa’s appeal in Henoko lawsuit

Digital Edition Extra: Supreme Court dismisses Okinawa’s appeal in Henoko lawsuit

December 20, 2016 Ryukyu Shimpo Digital Edition

On the afternoon of December 20, the Second Petty Bench of the Supreme Court, presided over by Judge Kaoru Onimaru, dismissed Okinawa’s appeal in the lawsuit brought against Okinawa by the national government to have Okinawa Governor Takeshi...

U.S. Veterans for Peace officially oppose Henoko construction, ask for nationwide support

December 11, 2016 Ryukyu Shimpo
Washington Special Correspondent Sakae Toiyama reporting
Veterans for Peace (VFP), a peace organization created by retired military service people with 120 chapters throughout the U.S. passed a pair or resolutions concerning military base construction in...

Forced mass suicides to be mentioned in high school textbooks

Forced mass suicides to be mentioned in high school textbooks

December 1, 2016 Ryukyu Shimpo

On December 1, Toshinobu Nakazato, a member of the Lower House, and members of “9.29 Kenmin taikai ketsugi wo jitsugen saseru kai” (the association for realizing the resolution adopted at the 9.29 prefectural people’s rally) held a press conference at...

Okinawa ranks as the sixth destinations recommended by UK travel website

Okinawa ranks as the sixth destinations recommended by UK travel website

December 16, 2016 Ryukyu Shimpo

A major travel arrangement website in UK called Skyscanner announced “top holidays destination,” and Okinawa ranked as the sixth in the top seven destinations. Okinawa is only place ranked from Asia, described as “the most beautiful and mysterious beaches.”...

Dr. Gruss to be the next president of OIST Graduate University

Dr. Gruss to be the next president of OIST Graduate University

December 16, 2016 Ryukyu Shimpo

On December 15, the Board of Governors of the Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology (OIST) selected Dr. Peter Gruss from Germany to be the next president of OIST Graduate University, succeeding Dr. Jonathan Dorfan who has served as the current President....

Takae residents request removal of Osprey to ODB in light of recent crash accident

Takae residents request removal of Osprey to ODB in light of recent crash accident

December 20, 2016 Ryukyu Shimpo online edition

In light of the crash accident of an MV-22 Osprey vertical takeoff and landing aircraft from Futenma Air Station, residents of Higashi Village and Takae Ward came to the Okinawa Defense Bureau (ODB) to request the removal of Osprey on the morning...

Nago Mayor demands withdrawal of US Marine MV-22 Osprey from Okinawa

Nago Mayor demands withdrawal of US Marine MV-22 Osprey from Okinawa

December 16, 2016 Ryukyu Shimpo

On December 16, Vice-Minister of Defense Kenji Wakamiya visited the Nago city office to apologize to Mayor Susumu Inamine after an MV-22 Osprey vertical takeoff and landing aircraft belonging to the Futenma base in Ginowan crashed into shallow water off the coast...

Electronic extra edition: MV-22 Ospreys belonging to Futenma base resume full flight despite objections from Okinawa

Electronic extra edition: MV-22 Ospreys belonging to Futenma base resume full flight despite objections from Okinawa

December 19, 2016 Ryukyu Shimpo

MV-22 Osprey aircraft belonging to U.S. Marine Corps Air Station Futenma in Ginowan City took off the base and resumed the full flight operation at 1:58 p.m. on December 19. The MV-22 vertical takeoff and landing aircraft’s flight operations had been suspended...

US military sets up restricted area on beach to keep people away from Osprey wreckage

US military sets up restricted area on beach to keep people away from Osprey wreckage

December 16, 2016 Ryukyu Shimpo

On December 15, the wreckage of the MV-22 Osprey vertical takeoff and landing aircraft from Futenma Air Station that crashed on the shore in Abu, Nago, was moved to a separate beach about 800 meters away from the actual crash site. In order to ensure passage...

Onaga calls for removal of “defective” Osprey; government refuses to cancel land return ceremony

Onaga calls for removal of “defective” Osprey; government refuses to cancel land return ceremony

December 16, 2016 Ryukyu Shimpo

After the recent Osprey crash, on December 15, Governor Takeshi Onaga visited Minister of Defense Tomomi Inada at the Ministry of Defense. In his meeting with Inada, Onaga called the Osprey, which has seen continuous problems such as belly landings, a defective...