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Heads of Japan, U.S. assert “Henoko is the only solution”, with no mention of pledge to close Futenma

Heads of Japan, U.S. assert

February 12, 2017 Ryukyu Shimpo

Sakae Toiyama reporting from Washington D.C.

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and U.S. President Donald Trump held their first summit meeting at the White House on the afternoon of February 10 (the dawn of February 11 Japan Time).

The heads of the two states agreed to promote the plan to build a new base at Henoko, Nago, as “the only solution” for returning the U.S. Futenma airfield.

The two leaders included this issue in the joint...

 

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...

Nansong coins, carved stone tools uncovered at Shuri Castle Ruins deemed valuable artifacts

Nansong coins, carved stone tools uncovered at Shuri Castle Ruins deemed valuable artifacts

February 4, 2017 Ryukyu Shimpo

Two discoveries excavated from the Kyonouchi remains at Shuri Castle in 1996 had their origin determined this week. At the time of excavation, details regarding these artifacts were unclear, but it has been determined that the first discovery was Shokogenpo, the...

With success of Okinawan hero Ryujin Mabuyer, more Asian heroes to come

With success of Okinawan hero Ryujin Mabuyer, more Asian heroes to come

February 8 2017 Ryukyu Shimpo

In Tomigusuku City, Nansei Sangyo which produced Ryujin Mabuyer, a local hero of Okinawa Prefecture, has joined with Seiginomikata Corporation which manages Tohokugoshin Miraiga, local heroes of the Tohoku area, to fund and set up an organization that will produce...

“I am filled with indignation,” Governor Onaga criticizes Japanese government for dumping concrete blocks into sea off coast of Henoko

February 7, 2017 Ryukyu Shimpo

On the afternoon of February 7, Governor Takeshi Onaga strongly criticized the Okinawa Bureau of the Defense Ministry for dumping concrete blocks into the sea off Henoko, Nago despite his request to stop it.

The governor said, “I made a request that...

Editorial: Henoko construction will cause irreparable damage to the sea environment; prefectural government must take action

February 7, 2017 Ryukyu Shimpo

The government has started work in the ocean for the new Henoko base in preparation for large-scale land reclamation.

This outrageous behavior tramples on Okinawans’ overwhelming opposition to the construction, expressed in countless elections and opinion...

ODB begins submerging concrete blocks in Oura Bay to restrict Henoko base construction site

ODB begins submerging concrete blocks in Oura Bay to restrict Henoko base construction site

February 7, 2017 Ryukyu Shimpo  

On February 7 at about 9:25 a.m., the Okinawa Defense Bureau (ODB) began work off the shore of Camp Schwab in Oura Bay, placing large concrete blocks underwater to form a temporarily restricted area for construction of a new base in Henoko, which is intended...

800 people protest self-defense force deployment in Ishigaki

800 people protest self-defense force deployment in Ishigaki

January 30, 2017 Ryukyu Shimpo

A public meeting against deployment of Japan Ground Self-Defense Force (JGSDF) to Ishigaki Island was held in Ishigaki City gymnastic hall on January 29, and approximately 800 people from around the city attended the meeting. The group adopted a resolution to...

Documentary film “Targeted Island Kaji kataka” by director Mikami completed

Documentary film “Targeted Island Kaji kataka” by director Mikami completed

February 2, 2017 Ryukyu Shimpo

A new documentary film titled “Targeted Island Kaji kataka” captures the military base issue in Okinawa from residents’ perspectives. This is the third and the latest work of the director Chie Mikami following “The Targeted Village” and “We Shall Overcome...