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Ex-Okinawa governor says no legal flows in approval for landfill work

(Sankei: October 23, 2015 – p. 2)    In an interview with the Sankei Shimbun, former Okinawa Gov. Hirokazu Nakaima explicitly said, “After a strict examination, we found no legal flows” in approval for landfill work given to the central government for the relocation of the U.S. Marine Corps’ Futenma Air Station to the Henoko area in Nago City. Nakaima….Read more

  • 2015-10-23 15:00:00
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Onaga sends position document against Henoko relocation

(Asahi: October 22, 2015 – p. 4)    Okinawa Governor Takeshi Onaga on October 21 sent Minster of Land, Infrastructure and Transport Keiichi Ishii a position document and a written plea to justify his decision to revoke landfill approval for relocating a U.S. military base to Henoko. Meanwhile, the Ministry of Defense has already submitted to the transport ministry a….Read more

  • 2015-10-22 15:00:00
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Japan to pay 1.2 billion yen for relocation of USMC Okinawa

(Tokyo Shimbun: October 21, 2015 – p.2)   In accordance with the agreement between Japan and the U.S. concerning the implementation of the relocation of the U.S. Marine Corps from Okinawa to Guam, the two governments signed on Oct. 20 an official note in which Japan agreed to pay $13.3 million (about 1.2 billion yen) as the cost of the….Read more

  • 2015-10-21 15:00:00
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U.S. Consulate General denies TBS report on Kadena shutdown

(Ryukyu Shimpo: October 20, 2015 – p. 2)    TBS broadcast an interview with U.S. Consul General Joel Ehrendreich on Oct. 17 and Oct. 18. TBS reported that the consul general said implementation of the relocation of the U.S. Marine Corps’ Futenma Air Station to the Henoko area in Nago City could lead to the shutdown of Kadena Air Base.….Read more

  • 2015-10-20 15:00:00
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MOD to proceed with landfill work at Henoko even if Okinawa files lawsuit

(Asahi: October 16, 2015 – p. 4)    The Ministry of Defense (MOD) clarified on Oct. 15 its policy of proceeding with landfill work for the relocation of the U.S. Marine Corps’ Futenma Air Station (in Ginowan City, Okinawa Prefecture) even if the Okinawa prefectural government and the central government wage a legal battle. A senior MOD official explained this….Read more

  • 2015-10-16 15:00:00
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Ospreys to be deployed on Yokota Base may train in Okinawa

(Tokyo Shimbun: October 15, 2015 – p. 2)    The Defense Ministry’s Okinawa Defense Bureau explained to officials in charge in the Okinawa Prefectural Government and the relevant municipal governments on Oct. 14 that Okinawa is one of the candidate sites for training exercises by the CV-22 Ospreys to be deployed by the U.S. forces on the Yokota Base (Fussa….Read more

  • 2015-10-15 15:00:00
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Main points from Okinawa Gov. Onaga’s press conference

(Asahi: October 14, 2015 – p. 4)    The following is the gist of the press conference by Okinawa Gov. Takeshi Onaga on his official rescindment of the former governor’s approval issued to the central government for landfill work to relocate the U.S. Marine Corps’ Futenma Air Station (in Ginowan City, Okinawa Prefecture) to the Henoko area in Nago City….Read more

  • 2015-10-14 15:00:00
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Editorial: Make additional efforts to reduce base-hosting burden on Okinawa

(Nikkei: October 14, 2015 – p. 2)    The confrontation between the national government and the Okinawa Prefectural Government over the issue of relocating the U.S. military Futenma base has fallen into a quagmire. We find the situation unfortunate. The whole nation should consider how the two parties can compromise.    The Futenma base is located in an urban district….Read more

  • 2015-10-14 15:00:00
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Gov’t extends consideration to Okinawa via local promotion, ease of base-hosting burden

(Yomiuri: October 14, 2015 – p. 3)    The government plans to continue efforts to promote the Okinawa economy and reduce the base-hosting burden on the prefecture, although it will go ahead with the relocation plan to Henoko. “If we backpedal on Okinawa promotion, opposition to the Henoko reclamation could spark anti-sentiment toward the U.S. bases in Okinawa,” said a….Read more

  • 2015-10-14 15:00:00
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New Okinawa affairs minister to meet with governor on Oct. 10

(Sankei: October 9, 2015 – p. 2)    By Naohisa Hanzawa    It was learned on Oct. 8 that coordination is underway for new Okinawa Affairs Minister Aiko Shimajiri to return to her home constituency in Okinawa to meet with Governor Takeshi Onaga on Oct. 10.    The two politicians had previously clashed on the relocation of the Futenma Air….Read more

  • 2015-10-09 15:00:00
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