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Japan has jurisdiction over the fatal traffic accident caused by a U.S. military civilian employee this January.

Japan has jurisdiction over the fatal traffic accident caused by a U.S. military civilian employee this January.

November 25, 2011 Ryukyu Shimpo

At a press conference on November 24, Foreign Minister Koichiro Gemba announced that the Japanese and the U.S. governments have reached an agreement under the new framework by which Japan will be granted jurisdiction over serious crimes such as a fatal traffic accidents committed by civilian employees of U.S. military in Japan that have occurred “in the line of duty” if the United States authorities do not conduct a criminal prosecution and agree to give...

 

Foreign Ministry does not intend to investigate the Agent Orange issue in Okinawa

November 25, 2011 Ryukyu Shimpo

On November 24, the Okinawa Liaison Office of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs stated that it will not carry out additional research regarding articles reporting U.S. veterans’ claims that a highly toxic defoliant containing dioxin was used extensively in...

Okinawa defense chief sacked for his injudicious remark

Okinawa defense chief sacked for his injudicious remark

November 29, 2011 Ryukyu Shimpo

In the evening of November 29, the government announced that it would dismiss 50 year-old Satoshi Tanaka, the director general of the Okinawa Defense Bureau after he had made a remark the previous evening (November 28) in which he compared the delayed submission...

Okinawa defense official’s injudicious remark regarding the submission of the Henoko environmental impact report

Okinawa defense official's injudicious remark regarding the submission of the Henoko environmental impact report

November 29, 2011 Ryukyu Shimpo

When asked why Defense Minister Yasuo Ichikawa has not gone any further than saying, “The government is preparing to submit the environmental impact report to the prefecture before the end of the year,” and why Ichikawa avoids giving a clear schedule...

Ie Rum winning a double-award delights the people of Ie Village

Ie Rum winning a double-award delights the people of Ie Village

November 23, 2011 Yukito Kinjo, correspondent of the Ryukyu Shimpo

In the 2011 Okinawan Islands Fair held from November 25 at Okinawa Cellular Park Naha Ie Rum Santa Maria of the Ie Island Product Center (headed by village mayor Katsumasa Oshiro) was selected as a local product of superior...

Christmas tree appears to shines a light on downtown Naha

Christmas tree appears to shines a light on downtown Naha

November 22, 2011 Ryukyu Shimpo

On the night of November 18, a Christmas tree-lighting ceremony was held in the event square of Palette-Kumoji in Naha by the three groups of the Palette-Kumoji, the Ryubo Department Store and Kokusai Street and Kencho-Mae Station Shopping District Association....

“Moving Marines to Australia is a smart move,” suggests the former U.S. Assistant Secretary of Defense Prof. Nye

“Moving Marines to Australia is a smart move,” suggests the former U.S. Assistant Secretary of Defense Prof. Nye

November 23, 2011 Ryukyu Shimpo

Former U.S. Assistant Secretary of Defense of the Clinton administration, Professor Joseph Nye supports the United States Government’s policy to move the U.S. Marine Corps to Australia. He is known as a key figure in the pro-Japanese group, and has been...

Ceremony marking the establishment of the Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology Graduate University

Ceremony marking the establishment of the Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology Graduate University

November 20, 2011 Ryukyu Shimpo

A ceremony to commemorate the establishment of the Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology Graduate University (OIST, President Jonathan Dorfan) was held at its main campus in Tancha, Onna Village on November 19.
The ceremony was attended by about 500...

OPG to set up an explanation board about the former 32nd Army Headquarters Shelter at Shuri

November 23, 2011 Ryukyu Shimpo

A committee of five experts set up by the Okinawa Prefectural Government (OPG) and chaired by Professor Yoshifumi Ikeda of the University of the Ryukyus, held its second meeting on November 22 in which they drafted a description to be used on an explanation board...

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U.S.-Japan Status of Forces Agreement needs to be revised for cases involving civilian employees of the military “on duty”

November 22, 2011 Ryukyu Shimpo

The Japanese and the U.S. governments are discussing granting Japan jurisdiction in cases of crime or incidents involving civilian employees of U.S. military in Japan that have occurred “in the line of duty” when the United States authorities have difficulty...

Tonaki Island wins public design award

Tonaki Island wins public design award

November 22, 2011 Yukiyo Zaha of Ryukyu Shimpo

Tonaki Island has been selected for a block award in a public design contest organized by the Japan Urban Design Institute (JUDI). The award has been given for the beautiful landscape and foot-lights on Village Road No. 1.

Features of Tonaki...