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Gov’t makes every effort to reduce base-hosting burden on Okinawa: Suga

(Nikkei: July 5, 2015 – p. 9)    With tensions between the government and the Okinawa prefectural authority escalating over the relocation of the U.S. Futenma air station, Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga recently told Nikkei that the government is committed to reducing the base-hosting burden on the prefecture and building a relationship of trust with the local people.  ….Read more

  • 2015-07-06 15:00:00
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SDF hopes to take over Henoko base in the future; Okinawa, USG want to keep Futenma base

(Sentaku: July 2015 – pp. 100-101)    Despite the worsening conflict between the Abe administration and Okinawa Governor Takeshi Onaga over the relocation of the Futenma Air Station to Henoko, Nago City on the surface, the real motives of the parties involved are not actually what they appear to be.    The Self-Defense Forces (SDF) envisions using the new Henoko….Read more

  • 2015-07-02 15:00:00
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Okinawa Board of Education designates stone in Henoko as cultural asset

(Nikkei: July 1, 2015 – p. 4)    The Okinawa Prefectural Board of Education designated on June 30 a stone found at the site in Henoko, Nago City, to which the government plans to relocate the U.S. Marine Corps’ Futenma Air Station, as a cultural asset of “an anchor-stone.”    Nago City plans to ask the U.S. military for an….Read more

  • 2015-07-01 15:00:00
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Commentary (interview): Two different views on Henoko relocation

(Sankei: June 26, 2015 – p.7)    The government and Okinawa have been fighting over the relocation of the U.S. military Futenma Air Station (Ginowan City, Okinawa Prefecture) to Henoko in Nago City, the same prefecture. As Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s administration is proceeding with the construction plan with unbending resolve, the Okinawa Governor conveyed to U.S. Ambassador Kennedy in….Read more

  • 2015-06-29 15:00:00
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Okinawa governor facing criticism on personnel issues, Naha Airport runway construction

(Sankei: June 24, 2015 – p. 5)    Okinawa Governor Takeshi Onaga demanded that the government cancel the plan to relocate the U.S. forces’ Futenma Air Station (in Ginowan City) to Henoko, Nago City in his peace declaration delivered at the memorial service for the war dead in the Battle of Okinawa on June 23 as a political appeal to….Read more

  • 2015-06-24 15:00:00
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Column: Memorial Day event highlights gap between Okinawa, Tokyo on base issues

(Yomiuri: June 24, 2015 – p. 3)    By Michitaka Kaiya, political reporter; Masakazu Matsushita, city news reporter, Western Japan    At the memorial service for all war dead in the Battle of Okinawa on June 23, Governor Takeshi Onaga delivered an unusual “peace declaration” in which opposed the government’s plan to relocate the U.S. forces’ Futenma Air Station to….Read more

  • 2015-06-24 15:00:00
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Okinawa governor to urge cancelation of Henoko initiative in peace speech

(Tokyo Shimbun: June 20, 2015 – p. 3)     Okinawa Gov. Takeshi Onaga has started making adjustments to a plan to ask the government to halt the work of constructing a new U.S. military base in the Henoko district of Nago City in place of the U.S. Marine Corps’ Futenma Air Station (in Ginowan City). Onaga plans to make….Read more

  • 2015-06-22 15:00:00
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Anti-base group in Okinawa seeks help from UN to reduce base-hosting burden

(Mainichi: June 22, 2015 – p. 1)    An anti-base group in Okinawa in April submitted to 47 member states of the U.N. Human Rights Council (UNHRC) a letter that requests the human rights watchdog to urge the U.S. to reduce the prefecture’s excessive burden of hosting U.S. military bases.    The “island council seeking to realize ‘petitions of Okinawa’….Read more

  • 2015-06-22 15:00:00
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Editorial: Okinawa’s unreasonable base-hosting burden must be rectified

(Tokyo Shimbun: June 20, 2015 – p. 5)    If the United States is a democratic nation, it should be able to understand Okinawa’s public opinion opposing the construction of a new U.S. military base. It is unreasonable that 74% of the U.S. Forces Japan bases are concentrated on a small island that has been forced to shoulder an excessive….Read more

  • 2015-06-22 15:00:00
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Okinawa governor to demand explanation for lack of access to waters off Henoko

(Akahata: June 19, 2015 – p.4)    Okinawa Governor Takeshi Onaga announced on June 18 in a press conference at the prefectural government that he will demand that the Okinawa Defense Bureau explain why the prefectural government office is not authorized to have access for site inspection of the restricted waters temporarily set up off Henoko for construction of the….Read more

  • 2015-06-19 15:00:00
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