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Parachute falls in field in Ie, Okinawa

Ryukyu Shimpo and Okinawa Times reported that a parachute fell in a field in Ie, Okinawa, at around 4:45 p.m. on Thursday. The papers speculated that the parachute fell from a U.S. military airplane that was conducting training around the U.S. military’s Iejima auxiliary airfield. Ryukyu Shimpo said that according to the Okinawa Defense Bureau, an anemometer was attached to….Read more

  • July 1, 2022
  • , Okinawa Times, Ryukyu Shimpo
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SECURITY

Chinese ships spotted near Senkakus for 76th 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 June 30. This was the 76th consecutive day that Chinese government ships were sighted near the Senkakus.

SECURITY > Okinawa

Okinawa scourged by storm of sexual violence under post-WWII US rule

NAHA — The 1945 Battle of Okinawa claimed the lives of an estimated one in four of the island’s people, but Okinawans’ suffering was not to end there. Over the next 27 years of American rule, local women were subjected to a storm of sexual violence by U.S. military personnel and civilian staff, with at least 310 cases reported.  ….Read more

  • July 1, 2022
  • , The Mainichi
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SECURITY > Okinawa

Okinawa lodges protest against jettisoning of fuel tanks

Okinawa Times reported that Masahito Tamari, director general for military base affairs of the Okinawa Prefectural Government, visited the U.S. Consulate General in Naha on Wednesday to protest the jettisoning of fuel tanks by a U.S. Navy FA-18 off the coast of Okinawa and the landing of Ospreys at the Naha Port Facility. Concerning the jettisoning of fuel tanks, Tamari….Read more

  • June 30, 2022
  • , Okinawa Times
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SECURITY

Chinese ships spotted near Senkakus for 75th 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 June 29. This was the 75th consecutive day that Chinese government ships were sighted near the Senkakus.

SECURITY > Okinawa

MSDF rescues American family from crippled yacht off Okinawa

NHK reported online that the MSDF rescued an American family of three from their crippled yacht in waters off Okinawa on Tuesday. According to the network, the yacht, ALIYAH, went dead in the water after it was dismasted in bad weather in waters about 770 km off the main island of Okinawa. The 11th Regional Coast Guard Headquarters reportedly said….Read more

  • June 29, 2022
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SECURITY > Okinawa

Okinawa leader under fire after contracting coronavirus

The two major Okinawa papers reported on Okinawa Governor Tamaki’s testing positive for COVID-19 on Tuesday, which will force him to remain in self-isolation and refrain from official duties at least through July 7, saying that since he attended a prefectural assembly session for an hour or so on Monday night even after he learned that one of his family….Read more

  • June 29, 2022
  • , Okinawa Times, Ryukyu Shimpo
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POLITICS

Okinawa leader infected with COVID

NHK reported that Okinawa Governor Tamaki tested positive for the novel coronavirus this morning and hence decided not to carry out official duties at least through July 7. As one of his family members caught the virus yesterday, the politician had been designated a close contact since last night. He reportedly has minor symptoms including a sore throat.

  • June 28, 2022
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SECURITY

Okinawa gov’t to allow the digging in soil that may contain the remains of war dead

By Tsukazaki Shohei and Asato Shugo   On June 24, the Okinawa prefectural government responded that it would agree to a proposal that was presented by a tribunal of the Environmental Dispute Coordination Commission within the Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications concerning the digging of soil at a mine located inside the Okinawa Senseki Quasi-National Park in commemoration of….Read more

  • June 25, 2022
  • , Ryukyu Shimpo , lead
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SECURITY > Okinawa

Two U.S. military air refueling planes make emergency landings at Kadena base

KADENA – Two KC-135 air refueling planes made emergency landings at the U.S. military’s Kadena Air Base on June 24. According to an eyewitness, one of the planes landed on the landing strip on the north side of the base, where an emergency vehicle was waiting, at 11:12 a.m., and the other landed at 6:29 p.m. Both planes are believed….Read more

  • June 26, 2022
  • , Ryukyu Shimpo , p. 29
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