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Okinawa to file another suit against GOJ over Henoko landfill

Several papers ran inside-page reports on a news conference on Tuesday by Okinawa Governor Onaga, during which he announced that he plans to file a lawsuit with the Naha branch of the Fukuoka District Court against Land Minister Ishii for suspending Onaga’s revocation of former Okinawa Governor Nakaima’s permission for the central government to conduct landfill work at Henoko. The….Read more

  • January 20, 2016
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Okinawa governor mulls visit to U.S.

Sankei wrote on page 2 that Okinawa Governor Onaga is making arrangements to visit the U.S. probably in the second week of February. This will be the governor’s second visit to the U.S. as governor following his trip to Washington last year.

  • January 20, 2016
  • , Sankei
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POLITICS

Ginowan mayoral election campaign starts

All Monday morning papers reported on the official kickoff of the Ginowan mayoral election campaign on Sunday, for which voting will be held on January 24. The papers noted that the race appears to be a “proxy war” between the Abe administration and Okinawa Governor Onaga over Futenma relocation, because the Abe administration supports incumbent Mayor Sakima, who is in….Read more

  • January 19, 2016
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POLITICS

Ex-Okinawa Governor behind direct subsidy deal between gov’t, Kube districts in Nago

(Asahi: January 14, 2016 – p. 2)    By Takuya Suzuki, Isamu Nikaido    A senior government official identifies the subsidies to be directly extended to the three Kube neighborhoods in Nago as “payments for causing inconvenience.” What the government of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe expects to gain as a result of direct financial assistance to the community associations is….Read more

  • 2016-01-14 15:00:00
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Ginowan mayor competing neck and neck with anti-base rival candidate

This morning’s Sankei wrote that Mayor Sakima of Ginowan City, Okinawa, appears to be waging a fierce campaign in the run-up to the mayoral race to be held in two weeks, noting that his rival candidate, who insists on derailing the present Futenma relocation plan, is gradually collecting support among voters because he is strongly backed by Governor Onaga. The….Read more

  • January 12, 2016
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SECURITY

MOD mulls chartering commercial ferries for island defense

Sunday’s Mainichi carried a prominent inside-page story on the Defense Ministry’s idea of chartering commercial ferries for shipping personnel and cargo from the mainland in the event of a contingency on a small islet in the island chain stretching from south of Kagoshima to the westernmost island of Yonaguni since the MSDF possesses only three transport vessels. The dailies said….Read more

  • January 12, 2016
  • , Mainichi
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POLITICS

Nakatani to visit Okinawa to hold talks with governor

Today’s Nikkei reported that DM Nakatani plans to travel to Okinawa in late January in order to request Governor Onaga’s understanding for the present plan to build the FRF off Camp Schwab.

  • January 12, 2016
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POLITICS

LDP to send parliamentarians to Okinawa to support Ginowan mayor’s reelection

Mainichi reported that the ruling LDP plans to send a large number of Diet members to Okinawa ahead of the Ginowan mayoral race on January 24 to support incumbent Mayor Sakima’s reelection campaign. The ruling party’s election taskforce chairman Motegi on Thursday reportedly urged the Diet members not to use the word “relocation” but rather “reversion” when referring to MCAS….Read more

  • January 8, 2016
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GOJ to reduce base rent paid to Okinawa landlords

Monday’s Sankei front-paged a GOJ idea on reducing the base rent it pays to landlords in Okinawa on behalf of the U.S. military. The total amount of base rent is expected to surpass 100 billion yen in total in FY2017. According to the paper, the level of base rent in the island prefecture has been steadily rising irrespective of commercial….Read more

  • January 4, 2016
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POLITICS

Local poll shows over 70% want Futenma moved outside prefecture

(Akahata: December 30, 2015 – p. 1)    On the relocation of the U.S. Marines Corp Futenma air station, more than 70% of voters in Ginowan, Okinawa Prefecture, are hoping for a solution other than moving it within the prefecture, a local newspaper poll shows.    The relocation of the Futenma facility is expected to become the major focal point….Read more

  • 2015-12-30 15:00:00
  • , Ryukyu Shimpo
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