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Defense minister’s Okinawa visit lays groundwork for exercises in Nansei Islands

By Ichioka Toyohiro   Defense Minister Hamada Yasukazu visited Okinawa Prefecture on Sept. 28 and 29. Hamada’s first visit after taking office in August prioritized dialogue with local governments over inspection of military units. Hamada met with 10 local government leaders in the south-central part of the main island of Okinawa, an area with a concentration of U.S. military bases.….Read more

  • September 30, 2022
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Persistent gender gap and use of social media key takeaways from Okinawa votes

The Okinawa Times — Local election activity in Okinawa Prefecture reached new heights on Sept. 11, with multiple municipal elections held simultaneously with the gubernatorial election for the first time in the prefecture’s history.   The number of female candidates and winners in the 24 municipal assembly elections increased from previous polls, but the 49 women who got seats still….Read more

  • October 3, 2022
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SECURITY

U.S. servicemember convicted for DUI

On Oct. 3, the Naha District Court (presiding judge Ono Hironobu) handed down a one-year prison sentence suspended for three-years (one-year imprisonment requested by prosecutors) to a 22-year-old Marine corporal affiliated with Camp Foster who drove under the influence of alcohol on a road in Naha City in March and was indicted for violating the Road Traffic Law. This was….Read more

  • October 4, 2022
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SECURITY > Okinawa

Okinawa governor meets with Chief Cabinet Secretary Matsuno

Asahi and Mainichi reported that Okinawa Governor Tamaki met with Chief Cabinet Secretary Matsuno at the Kantei on Monday and conveyed his opposition to the current Futenma relocation plan. Matsuno reportedly told Tamaki that the GOJ’s position remains unchanged and that it will maintain its policy that relocating the Futenma base to Henoko is “the only viable solution.”

  • October 4, 2022
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U.S. Marines in Okinawa display Osprey at Futenma festival

Ryukyu Shimpo wrote that the U.S. Marines in Okinawa held their Flight Line Fair at MCAS Futenma on Saturday for the first time since 2019 after a three-year hiatus due to COVID-19. With regard to an MV-22 Osprey that was on display there, Col. Henry Dolberry Jr., the MCAS Futenma commanding officer, reportedly told the press that the Osprey is….Read more

  • October 2, 2022
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Okinawa files lawsuit against GOJ over Futenma relocation plan  

Mainichi, Sankei, and Yomiuri reported on Saturday that the Okinawa Prefectural Government filed a lawsuit against the GOJ demanding that the land minister retract his decision annulling Okinawa’s rejection of the Defense Ministry’s application to make changes to the construction plan for relocating MCAS Futenma to Henoko. The suit was reportedly filed with the Naha District Court on Friday. The paper said this is Okinawa’s third lawsuit against the GOJ over the land….Read more

  • October 1, 2022
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U.S. Marine Corps in Okinawa to participate in two large-scale exercises next month

Ryukyu Shimpo reported that the U.S. Marine Corps in Okinawa announced on Thursday that it will participate in two large-scale military exercises — the joint U.S.-Japan military exercise called “Resolute Dragon” in Hokkaido from Oct. 1 to 14 and the the U.S.-Philippines joint military exercise called “Kamandag 22” in the Philippines from Oct. 3 to 14. The paper said the….Read more

  • September 30, 2022
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Okinawa municipalities protest DUIs by U.S. service members

CHUBU – On Sept. 27, the “liaison council for consultations on Kadena Air Base (Sanrenkyo),” comprising members from the city of Okinawa and the towns of Kadena and Chatan, mailed letters of protest and requests to relevant Japanese and U.S. organizations in response to the two crashes caused by Kadena airmen who were driving while under the influence of alcohol.

  • September 29, 2022
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Defense Minister Hamada visits Henoko 

Asahi wrote that on Thursday Defense Minister Hamada visited the Henoko district of Nago where the FRF construction is moving forward and held talks with Nago Mayor Toguchi and district leaders. According to the paper, Mayor Toguchi did not indicate whether he supports or opposes the construction but asked the central government to provide financial support for the development of….Read more

  • September 30, 2022
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Emperor, Empress to visit Okinawa in October 

All national dailies wrote that the Imperial Household Agency announced on Thursday that Emperor Naruhito and Empress Masako are planning to visit Okinawa on Oct. 22-23 to attend art and cultural events. This will be the couple’s first visit to the prefecture since the Emperor’s enthronement in 2019.  

  • September 30, 2022
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