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Defense Ministry to issue vaccination certificates for civilian workers at U.S. bases

Okinawa Times wrote that the Ministry of Defense announced on Tuesday that it would issue certificates for civilian employees who have received COVID-19 vaccines at U.S. bases in Japan to use as proof of vaccination when entering foreign countries. The ministry’s local offices will accept applications for the certificates. The paper wrote that the governments of the United States and….Read more

  • October 20, 2021
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Chinese ships return to Senkaku area for first time since Oct. 16

The Japan Coast Guard patrol confirmed four China Coast Guard vessels traveling in the contiguous zone outside Japan’s territorial waters near the Senkaku Islands (Ishigaki City, Okinawa Prefecture) on Oct. 19.   The Chinese government ships were last sighted near the Senkakus on Oct. 16.      

  • October 20, 2021
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SECURITY > Okinawa

Kadena town assembly protests accidental firing of training flare

KADENA – On Oct. 19, Kadena Town Assembly Speaker Nakandakari Kenei and other assembly members visited the 18th Wing of the U.S. Kadena Air Base in relation to the accidental firing of a training flare by a Kadena-based F-15 fighter jet. The delegation submitted a protest resolution demanding the U.S. military take steps to prevent a similar incident from happening….Read more

  • October 20, 2021
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SOCIETY > Crime

Court gives four-year prison sentence to U.S. base worker for attempted forcible intercourse

Ryukyu Shimpo and Okinawa Times wrote that on Monday the Naha district court handed down a four-year prison sentence to a civilian employee of the U.S. Air Force who was indicted on the charge of attempted forcible sexual intercourse with a Japanese woman with whom he was unacquainted in the early hours of April 17 this year. The defendant was….Read more

  • October 19, 2021
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SCIENCE > Environment

PFAS contamination in Futenma water lower than GOJ standard

Saturday’s Okinawa Times and Monday’s Ryukyu Shimpo wrote that the GOJ and the Okinawa Prefectural Government announced on Friday the results of the analysis of contamination in water samples they collected at the base on July 19. The analysis was conducted following the U.S. military’s release of water containing PFOS and PFOA from the Futenma Air Station after treating it.….Read more

  • October 16, 2021
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SECURITY

Chinese ships spotted near Senkakus for third consecutive day

The Japan Coast Guard 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 Oct. 15. This constituted the third consecutive day that Chinese government ships were sighted near the Senkakus since the same two vessels had been spotted in the contiguous zone at midnight….Read more

  • October 16, 2021
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SOCIETY > Crime

Police arrest woman for trespassing on a U.S. base

On Oct. 16, the Okinawa Police urgently arrested a 49-year-old unemployed woman, who claims to live in Uruma City, on suspicion of violating the act on special measures concerning criminal cases. She allegedly trespassed on the U.S. military’s Camp Foster. During interrogation she admitted having trespassed but reportedly said, “I decline to state the reason.”   According to the arrest….Read more

  • October 17, 2021
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SCIENCE > Environment

U.S. military says it could not identify source of PFAS contamination in Kin Town

Ryukyu Shimpo and Okinawa Times wrote that concerning the detection of PFAS above the GOJ’s provisional standard of 50 nanograms per liter in tap water in the town of Kin, which hosts Camp Hansen, the U.S. Marines in Okinawa released a press statement on Thursday saying that they could not identify sources of the contamination through a preliminary survey at….Read more

  • October 15, 2021
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Chinese ships return to Senkaku area for first time since Oct. 10

The Japan Coast Guard (JCG) patrol confirmed two China Coast Guard vessels traveling in the contiguous zone outside Japan’s territorial waters near the Senkaku Islands (Ishigaki City, Okinawa Prefecture) on Oct. 14.   The Chinese government ships were last sighted near the Senkakus on Oct. 10.   According to the 11th Regional Coast Guard Headquarters (Naha), the JCG issued a….Read more

  • October 15, 2021
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SCIENCE > Environment

University researchers detected high levels of PFAS at drain near Kadena AB last year

Ryukyu Shimpo wrote that high levels of PFAS were detected at a drain in Chatan that is connected to Kadena AB in a survey conducted by university professors last year. Meio University Professor Tashiro Yutaka collected water and foam samples at the drain on June 23, 2020, a day after a fire broke at Kadena AB and Kyoto University Associate….Read more

  • October 14, 2021
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