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Ex-Marine accused of raping and murdering woman refuses to testify on first day of trial, denies intent to murder

Ex-Marine accused of raping and murdering woman refuses to testify on first day of trial, denies intent to murder

 

November 17, 2017 Ryukyu Shimpo

 

The first day of hearings in the trial of the 33-year-old ex-Marine accused of rape resulting in death and murder of an Okinawan woman while employed as a civilian base worker in April, 2016 began today at Naha District Court (Judge Toshihiro Shibata presiding).

While the defendant has pled guilty to the charges of rape resulting in death and abandoning the victim’s body, he has denied the charges of premeditated murder,...

 

U.S. base worker should face up to his crime in court

 

November 17, 2017 Ryukyu Shimpo

 

The incident was a tragic one in which the life of a 20-year old woman with a bright future ahead of her was stolen away.

Although it is the right of the defendant, his exercise of the right to remain silent is difficult to...

Lieutenant General Nicholson announces “Japan’s version of Marines” for Okinawa deployment

 

November 17, 2017 Ryukyu Shimpo

 

On November 16, the Okinawa Area Coordinator (OAC) Lawrence Nicholson announced that the Ministry of Defense (MOD) will establish the Amphibious Rapid Deployment Brigade (ARDB), with future deployment to a U.S. base in Okinawa in mind....

Considering revoking the permission to use Oku Port for the new Henoko base construction

Considering revoking the permission to use Oku Port for the new Henoko base construction

 

November 16, 2017 Ryukyu Shimpo

 

The prefecture has labeled the environmental issue, involving dust and noise from dump trucks that come/go to the port, as a “new development.”

As a result, the prefecture announced on November 15 that it is considering...

Oku residents protest their fishing port being used for Henoko construction material transport

November 13, 2017 Ryukyu Shimpo online edition

 

Past 7:30 a.m. on November 13, a large boat for use transporting gravel and stones over the ocean was docked at Oku Port in Kunigami Village.

This boat is taking the materials to Henoko, Nago City, for use in constructing a...

Kadena Town Council adopts protest resolution on the temporary deployment of the F-35As

Kadena Town Council adopts protest resolution on the temporary deployment of the F-35As

 

November 10, 2017Ryukyu Shimpo

 

Following the temporary deployment of the U.S. Air Force’s newest stealth fighters F-35As from Hill Air Force Base in Utah to Kadena Air Base, the Kadena Town Council held a special session at which they unanimously adopted a protest...

Governor Onaga says “The new base is discrimination,” and “America is responsible” in appeal to US Ambassador

Governor Onaga says “The new base is discrimination,” and “America is responsible” in appeal to US Ambassador

 

November 14, 2017 Ryukyu Shimpo

 

Okinawa Governor Takeshi Onaga met with United States Ambassador to Japan William F.

Haggerty at the prefectural office November 13.

This was Ambassador Haggerty’s first meeting with the Governor and his second visit...

Haruhiko Kaneko’s Okinawan pottery on display in the British Museum

Haruhiko Kaneko’s Okinawan pottery on display in the British Museum

November 10, 2017 Ryukyu Shimpo

 

The British Museum in England, the world’s largest museum, has acquired two ceramic works created by Haruhiko Kaneko, 56, owner of the well-renowned Ishigaki-yaki Pottery Studio in Ishigaki. The two pieces are the “Yohen-taihi tenmoku tea bowl”...

Board of Audit does not recognize special nature of security asserted by Defense Bureau as grounds to pay asking price for Henoko base construction security

 

November 9, 2017Ryukyu Shimpo

 

The Okinawa Defense Bureau executed a service agreement in 2015-2016...

Serious accident rates increase for Ospreys over the last year

 

November 9, 2017 Ryukyu Shimpo

 

On November 8, the Ministry of Defense made an announcement regarding Osprey accident rates after receiving information from the U.S. As of end of September, the class A accident rate of the 100-thousand hours of fly time made by the...

Central government disregards Okinawa’s guidance, forces further Henoko embankment work

Central government disregards Okinawa’s guidance, forces further Henoko embankment work

 

November 7, 2017 Ryukyu Shimpo

 

On November 6, the Okinawa Defense Bureau (ODB) of the Ministry of Defense (MOD) undertook construction of two new seawalls related to construction of a replacement facility for Futenma Air Station at the planned site in Henoko, Nago...