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Japan exploring special measures to obtain civil damages from the U.S. in the 2016 murder of an Okinawan woman

June 7, 2018 Ryukyu Shimpo

 

It was announced June 6 that Japan and the U.S. are discussing a proposal to solve an ongoing issue where the U.S. has refused to pay damages to the surviving family of the woman who was raped and murdered by a civilian contractor working on a U.S. military base in 2016.

The proposal concerns a special measure where the U.S. would pay damages to the family, and if the amount does not satisfy what is decided in the final court decision, Japan...

 

“Listen to the voices of the Okinawan citizens,” says former Canadian diplomat

“Listen to the voices of the Okinawan citizens,” says former Canadian diplomat

June 6, 2018 Ryukyu Shimpo

 

On June 5, former Canadian diplomat who currently lives in Vancouver, Terry Greenberg, 72, and his wife Yoko Oikawa, 59, attended an at-sea protest for the first time.

The purpose of this protest was to prevent the new base construction that is...

Okinawa Defense Bureau submits Henoko red soil outflow prevention documents to Prefectural Government for review

Okinawa Defense Bureau submits Henoko red soil outflow prevention documents to Prefectural Government for review

June 5, 2018 Ryukyu Shimpo
By Yuri Shimizu

On June 4, the Okinawa Defense Bureau (ODB) began notification procedures as set forth in the Okinawa Prefecture Red Soil Prevention Ordinance, which is necessary to perform before depositing soil in the ocean. These soil deposits are part of...

Local municipalities worry about increased noise from temporary F-22 deployment to Kadena Air Base

Local municipalities worry about increased noise from temporary F-22 deployment to Kadena Air Base

May 31, 2018 Ryukyu Shimpo

U.S. F-22 Raptor stealth fighters were first deployed to Okinawa in 2007, and have again been temporarily deployed to Kadena Air Base. Following deployment, the number of noise occurrences in neighboring municipalities doubled, and complaints from residents increased...

Ten thousand people encircle Japan’s National Diet to protest land reclamation work in Henoko

Ten thousand people encircle Japan’s National Diet to protest land reclamation work in Henoko

May 27, 2018 Ryukyu Shimpo

A large-scale citizens’ rally encircling the National Diet called “Don’t Destroy the Beautiful Ocean, Don’t Fill it with Sand” met on May 26, calling for abandonment of Futenma replacement facility construction in Henoko, Nago City. The rally...

Three U.S. Air Force CV-22 Ospreys land at Kadena Air Base in first trip to Okinawa, two planes must make emergency landing at Amami Airport

Three U.S. Air Force CV-22 Ospreys land at Kadena Air Base in first trip to Okinawa, two planes must make emergency landing at Amami Airport

June 4, 2018 Ryukyu Shimpo Digital Edition

Three U.S. Air Force CV-22 Osprey transport aircraft stationed at Yokota Air Base landed one after the other at Kadena Air Base in Okinawa in the afternoon June 4. This is the first time that the CV-22 has come to Okinawa.

The first CV-22 landed...

After outcry from LDP members citing a conflict with the effort to reduce the burden of military bases on Okinawa, policy paper edited to change “U.S. military” to simply “the U.S.” in English education policy statement

May 31, 2018 Ryukyu Shimpo

Tokyo –In a policy paper submitted by the Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) to the necessary ministries in hopes of the policy suggestions being reflected in the “Big-Boned Policy,” a set of policy guidelines to determine economic and fiscal management, it was...

Endangered Tern spotted in Henoko

Endangered Tern spotted in Henoko

May 29, 2018 Ryukyu Shimpo

An endangered Tern was flying on the ocean in the shining sun. The summer migratory bird called Ajisashi in Japan visits Okinawa during the season to lay eggs. On May 29, multiple Ajisashi were spotted at Oura Bay in Nago city, where the construction of new military...

Sugarcane fields take a hit from a dry rainy season, some villages consider rationing water

Sugarcane fields take a hit from a dry rainy season, some villages consider rationing water

May 31, 2018 Ryukyu Shimpo
By Junko Uechi

Despite beginning its rainy season on May 8, the Okinawa region continues to see very little rain. There was only one day in which it rained heavily on the south-central part of the main island of Okinawa, and that was on May 21. Due to the effects...

Representatives from soil source sites for land reclamation assert solidarity with Okinawa opposing Henoko construction

Representatives from soil source sites for land reclamation assert solidarity with Okinawa opposing Henoko construction

 

May 28, 2018 Ryukyu Shimpo

 

The nationwide liaison council Opposition to Soil Hauling, which is comprised of 18 organizations from 12 prefectures containing sites from which soil is being harvested for land reclamation use in Henoko, held a prefectural rally on May...

Johan Galtung advocates that “Okinawa should become the central hub of the East Asian community” at peace symposium

Johan Galtung advocates that “Okinawa should become the central hub of the East Asian community” at peace symposium

May 27, 2018 Ryukyu Shimpo

 

Tokyo – Aoyama...