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Alcohol allowed to be served at MCAS Iwakuni bars and restaurants

Mainichi wrote that Chief Cabinet Secretary Matsuno stated at a regular news conference on Tuesday that the GOJ was told by the U.S. side that alcohol can be served at bars and restaurants at MCAS Iwakuni, which is located in Yamaguchi Prefecture where the prefectural government is asking restaurants in Iwakuni City to shorten their operational hours and stop serving….Read more

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DPRK says it test-fired tactical guided missiles  

All national dailies wrote that North Korea’s state-run Korean Central News Agency said on Tuesday that the country has test-fired tactical guided missiles to “selectively evaluate tactical guided missiles being produced and deployed and to verify the accuracy of the weapon system.” The papers speculated that the announcement referred to the missile test conducted on Monday. Japan’s Defense Ministry said….Read more

  • January 19, 2022
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POLITICS

Survey: Close mayoral race in Nago; U.S. base issue losing clout

By Kuniyoshi Mika, staff writer    The two candidates in the Nago mayoral election are locked in a close race while voter opposition to a U.S. military base project in the city has declined, a survey showed.   The telephone survey was jointly conducted by The Asahi Shimbun and Ryukyu Asahi Broadcasting Corp. on Jan. 16, when official campaigning started,….Read more

  • January 18, 2022
  • , The Asahi Shimbun , 6:20 p.m.
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Worker at bases in Okinawa worried about no-mask troops

      By Yamazaki Takero, staff writer   NAGO, Okinawa Prefecture—Munetsuka Kayou was quietly drinking beer at a “snack” bar here when he heard music and English-speaking voices emanating from a nearby drinking establishment.   U.S. military personnel, apparently from the nearby U.S. Marine Corps Camp Schwab, were celebrating the Christmas holidays on the night of Dec. 23. And….Read more

  • January 18, 2022
  • , The Asahi Shimbun , 6:00 p.m.
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POLITICS > Elections

Papers project Nago mayoral election to be neck-and-neck

Asahi reported on its projections for the Nago mayoral election to be held on Jan. 23 based on the results of its telephone survey of eligible voters in the city that was conducted jointly with Ryukyu Asahi Broadcasting on Sunday and Monday and its own field research in the municipality. The paper wrote that incumbent Mayor Toguchi, who is backed….Read more

  • January 18, 2022
  • , Asahi, Yomiuri
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INTERNATIONAL > U.S.

Two top U.S. defense officials infected with COVID-19

NHK reported that Gen. Milley, the JCS chairman, and Gen. Berger, the Marine Corps commandant, have tested positive for the coronavirus, noting that the two senior uniformed officials are the most recent top military leaders to test positive for COVID-19 in recent weeks following Defense Secretary Austin earlier this month. Both generals are reportedly able to continue to perform their….Read more

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Okinawan views on U.S. bases differ by age group, 2021 Ryukyu Shimpo Survey of Prefectural Residents

How do Okinawans view the U.S. forces in Japan, the Self-Defense Forces (SDF) bases, and the passing down of the experience of war to future generations? The results of the 2021 Ryukyu Shimpo Survey of Prefectural Residents offer a glimpse of the complex emotions Okinawans have regarding the U.S. bases. The survey also reveals that most residents believe the experience….Read more

  • January 13, 2022
  • , Ryukyu Shimpo , p. 26
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Incumbent Arakaki expected to win Yaese mayoral election uncontested

Okinawa Times and Ryukyu Shimpo reported that in the Yaese mayoral election, incumbent Arakaki, supported by the LDP and Komeito, is expected to be re-elected without a race. 

  • January 18, 2022
  • , Okinawa Times, Ryukyu Shimpo
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Tonaki Village Council passes resolution calling for urgent inspection of U.S. military helicopters in Okinawa

Okinawa Times and Ryukyu Shimpo reported that the Tonaki Village Council unanimously passed a resolution of protest and an opinion letter calling for the urgent inspection of U.S. military helicopters in Okinawa, measures to prevent a recurrence, and an investigation and announcement of the cause of the incident.

  • January 18, 2022
  • , Okinawa Times, Ryukyu Shimpo
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SECURITY

Chinese ships spotted near Senkakus for 21st consecutive day

The Japan Coast Guard (JCG) confirmed there were two China Coast Guard vessels in the contiguous zone outside Japan’s territorial waters near the Senkaku Islands (Ishigaki City, Okinawa Prefecture) on Jan. 17. This was the 21st consecutive day that Chinese government ships were sighted near the Senkakus. According to the 11th Regional Coast Guard Headquarters (Naha), the JCG issued a….Read more

  • January 18, 2022
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