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National Association of Chairpersons of City Councils adopts resolution seeking SOFA revision

June 1, 2016 Ryukyu Shimpo
 
The National Association of Chairpersons of City Councils adopted a resolution requesting a drastic revision of the Status of Forces Agreement (SOFA) at a meeting held in Tokyo on May 31.

The organization represents over 800 chairpersons of city councils. The association will lobby the government to revise the SOFA.

Minoru Yabiku, the chairperson of the Nago City Council, explained the purpose of the resolution, referring to the recent death...

 

Editorial: Japanese government takes no initiative to negotiate SOFA amendment with US

May 31, 2016 Ryukyu Shimpo

It seems there is a problem surrounding the Abe administration’s insistence on exercising sole authority over diplomacy, as the U.S. continues to exercise its own authority over Japan’s sovereignty, and the lives of citizens residing around military bases continue...

Onaga takes a cautious stance toward new crime prevention measures: “The problem is the overwhelming concentration of bases”

May 29, 2016 Ryukyu Shimpo

On May 28, Lieutenant General Lawrence Nicholson, Okinawa Area Coordinator for the U.S. military and the top official of the U.S. forces in Okinawa, spoke to Governor Takeshi Onaga by telephone. Lieutenant General Nicholson announced to Governor Onaga that in the...

Okinawa to hold huge prost rally against suspected murder by ex US marine

May 23, 2016 Ryukyu Shimpo

Regarding the recent arrest of a U.S. military employee on suspicion of disposing of a woman’s body, “All Okinawa Kaigi”, a community organization that aims to prevent the construction of a new base in Henoko, held an emergency meeting on May 22. The organization’s...

Citizen groups express sorrow and anger in Washington, D.C. after Okinawan woman was allegedly murdered by former US marine

Citizen groups express sorrow and anger in Washington, D.C. after Okinawan woman was allegedly murdered by former US marine

May 28, 2016 Ryukyu Shimpo

By Sakae Toiyama in Washington, D.C.

On May 26, in Washington, D.C., ‘CODEPINK’, a women’s group seeking peace and social justice, held a protest after an Okinawa woman was allegedly murdered by a U.S. civilian base worker, who is a former...

Arizona-based environmental organization makes statement against new US base construction in Okinawa

May 29, 2016 Ryukyu Shimpo

By Sakae Toiyama in Washington, D.C.

On May 26, Arizona-based environmental organization the Center for Biological Diversity issued a statement against the construction of a new U.S. base in Henoko in Nago, where the governments of Japan and the United States...

Obama not apologizing for alleged murder of Okinawan woman by ex-marine

May 26, 2016 Ryukyu Shimpo

By Ryota Nakamura

On the evening of May 25, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe met with United States President Obama in Shima of Mie Prefecture and held a joint press conference. Regarding the recent incident of a woman’s body being disposed of by a U.S. military...

Okinawa Prefectural Assembly demands removal of US Marines from Okinawa

Okinawa Prefectural Assembly demands removal of US Marines from Okinawa

May 27, 2016 Ryukyu Shimpo

At an extraordinary session of the Okinawa Prefectural Assembly opened on May 26, both the ruling party in the Assembly and those belonging to other parties unanimously agreed on a resolution of protest and a written argument against the recent incident of a woman’s...

Editorial: At summit, U.S. and Japanese heads of state showed no will to prevent crime

May 27, 2016 Ryukyu Shimpo

Partial responsibility for the recent murder of an Okinawan woman by a former U.S. Marine and current U.S. military employee belongs to U.S. President Barack Obama, as the commander in chief of the U.S. armed forces, and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, who provides...

Onaga asks US Senate chairperson to listen to Okinawan residents

May 19, 2016 Ryukyu Shimpo

Okinawa Governor Takeshi Onaga, who is currently visiting the U.S. held a meeting with Chairman of the Senate Committee on Appropriations Thad Cochran on May 17. Onaga requested that the U.S. government listen directly to Okinawan residents in order to resolve the...

Protest rallies against US military over death of Okinawan woman continue

May 25, 2016 Ryukyu Shimpo

On May 25, in front of U.S. Kadena Air Base in Chatan, an “All Okinawa Kaigi” rally was held to oppose the construction of a new base in Henoko following the suspected murder of an Okinawan woman. Participants mourned the victim, whose body was allegedly abandoned...