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Editorial: Osprey crash – US Marine Corps has no choice but to leave and land return ceremony should be canceled

December 15, 2016 Ryukyu Shimpo

As long as these dangerous and eerie-grey-colored aircrafts continue to fly, it would be no surprise if they eventually crashed somewhere. It has become all the more clear what needs to be done in order to protect the lives and dignity of Okinawans and to prevent casualties.

This is not limited to the removal of these dangerous aircrafts. It also involves a strong demand to completely remove the U.S. Marine Corps who are stationed in Okinawa that operate...

 

Nago mayor takes a swipe at central government over MV-22 osprey crash

Nago mayor takes a swipe at central government over MV-22 osprey crash

December 14, 2016 Ryukyu Shimpo

On December 14, Nago City Mayor Susumu Inamine spoke to reporters after a U.S. marine MV-22 Osprey crashed into shallow water near Abu in Nago on December 13. He told them, ” The thing that we feared has taken place.”

The mayor said, “It...

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...

Editorial: Expected loss of Henoko lawsuit indicates denial of local autonomy and democracy

December 13, 2016 Ryukyu Shimpo

The courts lose any semblance of justice when they trample on democracy and local autonomy. The Supreme Court is about to make a decision that toes the government line and leaves a scar in history.

Okinawa Prefecture is expected to lose the illegality...

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...

More than 100 send letter to US president asking for stop to Takae helipad construction

More than 100 send letter to US president asking for stop to Takae helipad construction

December 8, 2016 Ryukyu Shimpo

(Tokyo) On December 7, more than 100 Diet members, academics, artists, civil society groups and the like submitted an urgent open letter to U.S. President Barack Obama demanding a stop to the construction of helipads in Okinawa with disregard to the environmental...

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...

Director Isao Takahata makes appeal to (the President), requesting halt on Takae Helipad construction in open letter signed by over 100 people

Director Isao Takahata makes appeal to (the President), requesting halt on Takae Helipad construction in open letter signed by over 100 people

December 6 2016 Ryukyu Shimpo

With the handover of the majority of land occupied by the U.S. military in the Northern Training Area (NTA) in Okinawa set to take place at the end of the month, over 100 people representing 27 groups including members of the Diet, scholars, celebrities, and citizens...

Iejima peace museum’s Jahana says Henoko, Takae and Iejima are one, still at war after 71 years

Iejima peace museum’s Jahana says Henoko, Takae and Iejima are one, still at war after 71 years

December 5, 2016 Ryukyu Shimpo

By Ayako Sakaguchi

(Iejima) “Henoko, Takae, and Iejima—the three are all one. Anger and frustration continue every day. Even after the passage of 71 years, we are still at war.” On November 22, Etsuko Jahana, 78, director of the Iejima Anti-war...

Airstrip expansion and helipad construction at Ie Jima Auxiliary Airfield proceeding steadily

Airstrip expansion and helipad construction at Ie Jima Auxiliary Airfield proceeding steadily

December 2, 2016 Ryukyu Shimpo

The expansion work on the airstrip simulating an LHD deck within Ie Jima Auxiliary Airfield is steadily progressing. It is believed that this construction is in preparation for takeoff and landing training of state-of-the-art F-35 stealth fighters , which are...