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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
  • , Tokyo Shimbun
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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
  • , Mainichi
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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
  • , Tokyo Shimbun
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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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Okinawa opinion poll & results from Asahi Shimbun

(Asahi: June 17, 2015—p. 4)    Questions & answers (%)  Figures rounded off. Bracketed figures denote proportions to all respondents, with parenthesized figures denoting the results of the previous survey conducted in Okinawa on April 18-19.    Q: Do you support Gov. Takeshi Onaga?   Yes 64 (70) No 18 (16)  Q: Do you support the Abe cabinet?   Yes….Read more

  • 2015-06-18 15:00:00
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Survey shows deep-seated opposition to Henoko relocation

(Okinawa Times: June 17, 2015—p. 3)    Ahead of Okinawa Memorial Day, the Okinawa Times conducted a public opinion survey in Okinawa Prefecture with the Asahi Shimbun and Ryukyu Asahi Broadcasting (QAB). When asked about basing issues, a total of more than 70% approved of Okinawa Prefecture’s Gov. Takeshi Onaga’s recent visit to the United States. Okinawa’s population still shows….Read more

  • 2015-06-18 15:00:00
  • , Okinawa Times
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Okinawa battle: 68% say “memories fading”

(Asahi: June 17, 2015—p. 1 & p. 2)    Ahead of “Okinawa Memorial Day” on June 23, when the organized fighting in the Battle of Okinawa at the closing stage of the Pacific War is said to have ended, the Asahi Shimbun jointly conducted a telephone-based public opinion survey of Okinawa Prefecture’s voting population with the Okinawa Times and Ryukyu….Read more

  • 2015-06-17 15:00:00
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Stone materials from outside Okinawa used in dam, despite ban on Naha Airport, Henoko

(Sankei: June 12, 2015 – Top play)    It was found on June 11 that crushed rocks from Amami-Oshima in Kagoshima Prefecture were used for the construction of the Gima Dam in the town of Kumejima, a project commissioned by the Okinawa Prefectural Government completed in January last year. Governor Takeshi Onaga is planning to prohibit the transport of earth….Read more

  • 2015-06-12 15:00:00
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Governor Onaga says Okinawa issue could happen anywhere in Japan

(Tokyo Shimbun: June 12, 2015 – p. 1)    By Kenichi Komatsu    Okinawa Governor Takeshi Onaga spoke to the press in Naha on June 11 in his first formal press conference for the Okinawa group of the Japan National Press Club since his return from the U.S. Regarding the government’s plan to build a new base in Henoko in….Read more

  • 2015-06-12 15:00:00
  • , Tokyo Shimbun
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