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U.S., Japanese fighters conduct training off Okinawa 

Sankei wrote that a total of ten fighters from the ASDF and USAF conducted a joint drill over waters off Okinawa on Tuesday with the aim of upgrading their joint operational capabilities. The two militaries undertook similar training in the same area on Aug. 4. 

  • August 12, 2022
  • , Sankei
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POLITICS > Elections

Okinawa gubernatorial election campaign to start in late August

Nikkei reported that the official campaign period for the Okinawa gubernatorial race will begin on Aug. 25, saying that two candidates are expected to challenge incumbent Governor Tamaki’s reelection bid in the election on Sept. 11. Former Ginowan Mayor Sakima, who is backed by the LDP and Komeito party, and former Lower House member Shimoji have already announced their bids….Read more

  • August 12, 2022
  • , Asahi, Nikkei
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SECURITY > Okinawa

U.S. military acknowledged likelihood that Kadena was source of PFAS contamination

Okinawa Times front-paged a report by special correspondent Jon Mitchell saying that concerning the detection of high levels of PFAS near Kadena AB in January 2016, the U.S. military had acknowledged that Kadena AB was highly likely to be the source. The paper said it learned this from internal U.S. military emails it obtained through the FOIA. The daily claimed….Read more

  • August 10, 2022
  • , Okinawa Times
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SECURITY > Okinawa

Henoko residents to file new lawsuit against GOJ

Ryukyu Shimpo gave top play to a report on the finding on Tuesday that the residents of Henoko, Nago, are planning to file a new lawsuit with the Naha District Court as early as this month to question the legality of the central government’s approach to the construction of the Futenma relocation facility in light of the Okinawa Defense Bureau’s….Read more

  • August 10, 2022
  • , Ryukyu Shimpo
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SECURITY > Okinawa

Former Ginowan mayor Sakima announces campaign policies

Ryukyu Shimpo and Okinawa Times reported that former Ginowan Mayor Sakima, who has announced his intention to run in the Okinawa gubernatorial election on Sept. 11, outlined his campaign platform at a Naha hotel on Tuesday. He reportedly stressed the need to rebuild the local economy that has been hit hard by the spread of COVID-19 and to provide support….Read more

  • August 10, 2022
  • , Okinawa Times, Ryukyu Shimpo
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SECURITY > Okinawa

Two U.S. servicemembers arrested on separate DUI charges

On Aug. 7, the Naha Police separately arrested a 22-year-old Marine corporal affiliated with the U.S. military’s Camp Kinser and a 26-year-old Marine corporal stationed at the U.S. military’s Camp Schwab on suspicion of violating the Road Traffic Act (driving under the influence of alcohol) for driving while under the influence of alcohol. The suspects are denying the charges by….Read more

  • August 9, 2022
  • , Ryukyu Shimpo , p. 31
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SECURITY > Okinawa

Objects drop from U.S. military aircraft during parachute training

URUMA – A yellowish plate-like object not attached to a parachute dropped from a MC-130J special operations plane during U.S. military parachute training over the waters of the Tsuken Island training area in Uruma City, Okinawa Prefecture, on Aug. 5. The plate-like object appeared to fall from the plane simultaneously with an object hanging from a parachute. The plate-like object….Read more

  • August 6, 2022
  • , Ryukyu Shimpo , p. 31
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POLITICS > Elections

Sakima announces support for Henoko project

The Saturday editions of Okinawa Times and Ryukyu Shimpo gave top play to a news conference held by former Ginowan Mayor Sakima Atsushi on Friday, during which he expressed his intention to run in the gubernatorial election on Sept. 11 and support for the ongoing construction of the Futenma Replacement Facility. Sakima reportedly stressed that he supports the Henoko project….Read more

  • August 6, 2022
  • , Okinawa Times, Ryukyu Shimpo
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INTERNATIONAL > Ukraine Crisis

Ukrainian envoy expresses gratitude to Okinawa for hosting evacuees

Saturday’s Okinawa Times reported on Ukrainian Ambassador Korsunsky’s visit to Okinawa and meeting with Governor Tamaki on Friday. During the meeting, the Ukrainian envoy expressed his nation’s gratitude to Okinawa for hosting Ukrainian evacuees. Korsunsky also reportedly asked the prefecture to provide rehabilitation treatment for Ukrainian soldiers and civilians injured in the war. In a related story, the paper wrote….Read more

  • August 6, 2022
  • , Okinawa Times
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SECURITY > Okinawa

Governor Tamaki, Okinawa residents express concern over China’s ballistic missiles

Okinawa Times and Ryukyu Shimpo reported on Governor Tamaki’s remarks to the press on the ballistic missiles that China fired on Thursday, some of which splashed down near the islands of Hateruma and Yonaguni in Okinawa. The papers quoted the governor as saying that the event must not provoke a contest for leadership between the United States and China and….Read more

  • August 5, 2022
  • , Okinawa Times, Ryukyu Shimpo
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