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Electronic extra edition: MV-22 Ospreys belonging to Futenma base resume full flight despite objections from Okinawa

Electronic extra edition: MV-22 Ospreys belonging to Futenma base resume full flight despite objections from Okinawa

December 19, 2016 Ryukyu Shimpo

MV-22 Osprey aircraft belonging to U.S. Marine Corps Air Station Futenma in Ginowan City took off the base and resumed the full flight operation at 1:58 p.m. on December 19. The MV-22 vertical takeoff and landing aircraft’s flight operations had been suspended after the crash at the coast of Abu, Nago City in the night of December 13.

An MV-22 Osprey, which had been parked at the Iejima auxiliary airfield of Ie Island, took off at 2:32 p.m. on...

 

US military sets up restricted area on beach to keep people away from Osprey wreckage

US military sets up restricted area on beach to keep people away from Osprey wreckage

December 16, 2016 Ryukyu Shimpo

On December 15, the wreckage of the MV-22 Osprey vertical takeoff and landing aircraft from Futenma Air Station that crashed on the shore in Abu, Nago, was moved to a separate beach about 800 meters away from the actual crash site. In order to ensure passage...

Onaga calls for removal of “defective” Osprey; government refuses to cancel land return ceremony

Onaga calls for removal of “defective” Osprey; government refuses to cancel land return ceremony

December 16, 2016 Ryukyu Shimpo

After the recent Osprey crash, on December 15, Governor Takeshi Onaga visited Minister of Defense Tomomi Inada at the Ministry of Defense. In his meeting with Inada, Onaga called the Osprey, which has seen continuous problems such as belly landings, a defective...

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...

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...