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Governor Tamaki calls for peace diplomacy

Okinawa Times reported that in response to growing concerns over heightened military tension in the region as a result of House Speaker Pelosi’s visit to Taiwan, Okinawa Governor Tamaki called on the governments of the United States, China, and Japan to respond in a level-headed manner and make efforts to engage in peace diplomacy. On China’s announcement that it will….Read more

  • August 4, 2022
  • , Okinawa Times, Ryukyu Shimpo
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SECURITY > Okinawa

Okinawa calls for hefty GOJ spending on economic development

Okinawa Times and Ryukyu Shimpo reported on a meeting between Okinawa Governor Tamaki and Okinawa Affairs Minister Nishime in Tokyo on Tuesday during which the governor asked that the central government earmark at least 320 billion yen ($2.4 billion) for local economic development in the FY2023 budget. Tamaki also reportedly called for an increase in the special lump-sum grant for….Read more

  • August 3, 2022
  • , Okinawa Times, Ryukyu Shimpo
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SECURITY > Okinawa

Okinawa’s Itokazu told FM Hayashi that reclaimed land in Henoko can’t be returned to original state

Former Upper House member Itokazu Keiko, co-leader of the All Okinawa group, which is opposed to the relocation of the U.S. Military’s Futenma Air Station in Ginowan City to the Henoko district of Nago City, met with Foreign Minister Hayashi Yoshimasa at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) on Aug. 2 and called for the suspension of the land reclamation….Read more

  • August 3, 2022
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POLITICS

Election defeat in Okinawa clouds LDP’s ambitions in gubernatorial contest

The defeat of a Liberal Democratic Party House of Councillors candidate in the Okinawa constituency earlier this month has cast a shadow over the ruling party, as the result had been viewed as a prelude to the autumn gubernatorial race in the prefecture.   In the July 10 upper house election, incumbent Yoichi Iha defeated the LDP candidate Genta Koja….Read more

  • July 22, 2022
  • , The Japan News , 8:00 p.m.
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SECURITY > Okinawa

Former Marine arrested in Okinawa for allegedly overstaying his visa

On July 30, the Naha Police arrested a 46-year-old unemployed man who is a former U.S. Marine stationed in Okinawa and claims to live in the Akebono district of Naha City. He is suspected of violating the Immigration Control and Refugee Recognition Act (visa overstay) for staying in Japan after the permitted period term of residence. The suspect has reportedly….Read more

  • July 31, 2022
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POLITICS > Elections

Former Prime Minister Suga visits Okinawa ahead of gubernatorial race

Yomiuri reported that former Prime Minister Suga visited Naha on Monday to exchange views with local mayors and business leaders ahead of the Okinawa gubernatorial election on Sept. 11. The paper said Suga has extensive contacts in Okinawa and is set to focus on supporting former Ginowan Mayor Sakima, whose candidacy will be backed by the LDP.

SECURITY > Okinawa

Mayor requests withdrawal of plan to build corrosion control hangar at Kadena AB

Okinawa Times wrote on Saturday that concerning the U.S. Air Force’s plan to build a corrosion control hangar at Kadena AB in an area close to a civilian residential area, Kadena Mayor Toyama submitted on Friday to Col. Ramos, the commander of the 18th Mission Support Group, a written request calling for the withdrawal of the plan. The mayor reportedly….Read more

  • July 30, 2022
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SECURITY > Okinawa

Police determine object found at private house near Camp Hansen is part of bullet

Saturday’s Okinawa Times wrote that regarding the discovery of a bullet-like object at a private house in the Igei district of the town of Kin on July 7, the Okinawa Prefectural Police announced on Friday that its forensics laboratory has determined that the object is the core of a bullet. The lab said, however, that it is unknown whether the….Read more

  • July 30, 2022
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SECURITY > Okinawa

4 China gov’t ships enter Japanese waters around Senkakus

Naha, Okinawa Pref., July 29 (Jiji Press)–Four Chinese coast guard ships intruded into Japanese territorial waters around the Senkaku Islands in the southernmost Japan prefecture of Okinawa on Friday.     It was the first such incursion into Japanese waters around the isles since July 8.     The four Haijing ships crossed into the waters to the south of Uotsurijima in the Senkaku island group….Read more

  • July 29, 2022
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Chinese frigate stays near Senkakus for about a week: gov’t sources

Several sources close the government disclosed on July 30 that a Chinese naval frigate that entered Japan’s contiguous zone off the Senkaku Islands in Okinawa Prefecture on July 4 continued to stay in the waters around the islets for about a week. Chinese warships have sailed through the waters near the Senkakus in the past, but it is unusual for….Read more

  • July 31, 2022
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