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Henoko relocation plan is “the only viable option”: U.S. high-ranking official

(Okinawa Times: December 22, 2015 – p. 3)    Visiting U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for East Asian and Pacific Affairs Daniel Russel said on Dec. 21 that the relocation of the U.S. Marines Corps’ Futenma air station to the Henoko district in Nago is “the only viable option” and emphasized the U.S. commitment to promoting the existing plan.  ….Read more

  • 2015-12-22 15:00:00
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Allocations for Okinawa to be reduced slightly in FY2016 budget

(Sankei: December 21, 2015 – p. 1)    The government is in final coordination to slightly reduce allocations for Okinawa’s economic development in the draft FY2016 from FY2015, sources informed Sankei on Dec. 20. It was judged that budget cuts for two years in a row are inevitable based on the “Basic Policy on Economic and Fiscal Management and Structural….Read more

  • 2015-12-21 15:00:00
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Defense Ministry to give subsidies to two Henoko districts

(Mainichi: December 19, 2015 – p. 5)    The Defense Ministry announced on Dec. 18 its decision to grant a total of 23 million yen in direct subsidies to two districts in Henoko, Nago City, where it plans to relocate the U.S. forces’ Futenma Air Station (in Ginowan City, Okinawa). An official decision is expected to be made shortly.  ….Read more

  • 2015-12-21 15:00:00
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Gov’t, Okinawa governor clash in Ginowan mayoral election

(Mainichi: December 20, 2015 – p. 3)    By Kota Takamoto, Junya Higuchi, Keiichi Sato    The government and Okinawa are engaged in fierce “preliminary skirmishes” in the run-up to the mayoral election in Ginowan City, which hosts the Futenma Air Station. The official campaign period for this election starts on Jan. 17 and voting is taking place on Jan.….Read more

  • 2015-12-21 15:00:00
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Interview with Okinawan journalist on dominant influence of two local papers

(Sankei: December 19, 2015 – p. 5)    Interview with Makoto Nakashinjo, chief editor of Yaeyama Nippo, by Noriyuki Chiba    I am the chief editor of Yaeyama Nippo, a daily newspaper based on Ishigaki Island. We have a circulation of 6,000, which is way smaller than the two major newspapers in Okinawa, Ryukyu Shimpo and Okinawa Times. However, we….Read more

  • 2015-12-21 15:00:00
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Ginowan mayoral race a proxy war over Futenma relocation

(Asahi: December 18, 2015 – p. 4)    By Takufumi Yoshida, Takuya Suzuki    Less than a month is left before the official start of campaigning on Jan. 17 for the mayoral election in Ginowan City, Okinawa, on Jan. 24. Ginowan hosts the Futenma Air Station.    Preliminary skirmishes are raging between forces condoning the Futenma base’s relocation within Okinawa….Read more

  • 2015-12-18 15:00:00
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Construction begins in eastern part of Futenma base for return of land

(Yomiuri: December 18, 2015 – p. 4)    The Okinawa Defense Bureau began construction work on Dec. 17 on the eastern side (about four hectares) of the U.S. Marine Corps’ Futenma Air Station in (Ginowan City), Okinawa Prefecture, for the return of land used by the U.S. military. The governments of Japan and the United States agreed on Dec. 4….Read more

  • 2015-12-18 15:00:00
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New anti-Henoko relocation umbrella group launched in Okinawa

(Tokyo Shimbun: December 15, 2015 – p. 1)    Local lawmakers, business leaders, and others opposed to the relocation of the U.S. forces’ Futenma Air Station (in Ginowan City, Okinawa) to Henoko, Nago City, held an inaugural meeting in Ginowan City on Dec. 14 to launch the “all-Okinawa conference to stop the construction of the new Henoko base,” a new….Read more

  • 2015-12-15 15:00:00
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Column: Seven proposals to Japanese, U.S. gov’ts on relations with Okinawa

(Mainichi: December 13, 2015 – p. 2)    By Kent Calder, director of Reischauer Center for East Asian Studies; translated into Japanese by Muneo Takahashi    The plan to relocate the U.S. forces’ Futenma Air Station (in Ginowan City, Okinawa) to Henoko, Nago City, has been the most exasperating and intractable issue for officials involved with Japan-U.S. relations for nearly….Read more

  • 2015-12-14 15:00:00
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Tourism Agency reprimands travel agent for organizing Henoko protest tours

(Sankei: December 12, 2015 – p. 1)    It was learned on Dec. 11 that a travel agency in Tokyo had been organizing “Okinawa support tours” to participate in protest activities against the relocation of the Futenma Air Station to Henoko, Nago City. Since this may be in violation of the provisions of the Travel Agency Law prohibiting solicitation for….Read more

  • 2015-12-14 15:00:00
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