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Governors’ Organization makes special requests to Minister of Defense concerning the SOFA

Governors’ Organization makes special requests to Minister of Defense concerning the SOFA

July 26, 2016 Ryukyu Shimpo

On July 25, the Governors’ Association for Military Facilities in Japan (chaired by Governor of Kanagawa Prefecture Yuji Kuroiwa) comprised of fifteen prefectures of Japan where the U.S. has military bases, paid a visit to Minister of Defense Gen Nakatani at the Ministry of Defense. The Governors’ Association made special requests in response to the case of a woman assaulted and killed by a U.S. base employee in Okinawa, calling for preventative measures...

 

“Never give up” Takae protesters getting nationwide support

July 25, 2016 Ryukyu Shimpo

The Japanese government has resumed helipad construction in the U.S. military’s Northern Training Area (NTA), which expands from Higashi Village to Kunigami Village. Citizens protesting against the construction have long received supplies such as food from various...

Protest rally against helipad construction in Takae attracts 1,600

Protest rally against helipad construction in Takae attracts 1,600

July 22, 2016 Ryukyu Shimpo

The Japanese government is trying to resume helipad construction in the U.S. military’s Northern Training Area (NTA). On July 21, a protest rally against the resumed construction was held in front of the N1 zone gate to the NTA. According to the organizer, about...

Ruling parties in Okinawa assembly pass position document asking for halt to US military’s helipad construction

Ruling parties in Okinawa assembly pass position document asking for halt to US military's helipad construction

July 21, 2016 Ryukyu Shimpo

At the regular meeting on July 21, ruling parties in the Okinawa Prefectural Assembly passed a position document by majority vote requesting the cancellation of helipad construction in the U.S. military’s Northern Training Area (NTA) in Takae, Higashi Village....

National government files new lawsuit against Okinawa, bringing Henoko issue back to court

National government files new lawsuit against Okinawa, bringing Henoko issue back to court

July 22, 2016 Ryukyu Shimpo Digital Edition

In the conflict over the construction of a new U.S. military base in Henoko, Nago City as part of the relocation of U.S. Marine Corps Air Station Futenma, the central government files a lawsuit against the Okinawa prefectural government shortly before...

[Extra] Riot police remove local citizens blocking construction of US military helipads in Takae

July 22, 2016 Ryukyu Shimpo online edition

On July 22 at about 6 a.m., the Okinawa Defense Bureau (ODB) announced that new helipad construction work at the Northern Training Area, which is located in Higashi Village and Kunigami Village, had begun. Materials and vehicles to be used to start...

Okinawa street performers establish staffing agency RPC to allocate performers

Okinawa street performers establish staffing agency RPC to allocate performers

July 14, 2016 Ryukyu Shimpo

In April, the Ryukyu Performers Connection (RPC) agency was set up to allocate dancers, street performers, artists and other performers in Okinawa to various events. The agency will be a single point of contact for event managers and performers to negotiate casting...

Project team recreates grass boats’ voyage of 30,000 years ago from Yonaguni Island

Project team recreates grass boats’ voyage of 30,000 years ago from Yonaguni Island

July 18, 2016 Ryukyu Shimpo

On July 17, a research team working on a project for the National Museum of Nature and Science sailed grass boats for the first time from Yonaguni Island to the water between Taketomi Town and Iriomote Island. The project is meant to investigate routes humans 30,000...

60 people gather to make a pledge for peace as Taiwan monument erected

60 people gather to make a pledge for peace as Taiwan monument erected

June 26, 2016 Ryukyu Shimpo

Taiwan No To monument was erected for Taiwan’s World War Two war dead, at the Peace Memorial Park in Mabuni, Itoman city. A completion ceremony was held on June 25. The fourth memorial service for the Taiwanese war dead was also held on the same day, and 60...

Okinawa governor condemns helipad construction in Takae

Okinawa governor condemns helipad construction in Takae

July 14, 2016 Ryukyu Shimpo

On July 14, Deputy chief cabinet secretary Kazuhiro Sugita visited Okinawa to attend a working group meeting between Okinawa and Japan concerning Okinawa’s revocation of its approval of land reclamation for the relocation of U.S. Marine Corps’ Futenma Air...

Riot squad sent to subdue Takae protesters similar in scale to that sent to eradicate yakuza gangsters

Riot squad sent to subdue Takae protesters similar in scale to that sent to eradicate yakuza gangsters

July 18, 2016 Ryukyu Shimpo

By Ryota Nakamura

Approximately ten hours after the polls closed in the Upper House election, riot police formed a human wall in front of the main gate to the U.S. military’s Northern Training Area in Takae, Higashi Village, and materials relating to helipad...