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Okinawa panel to advise governor to withdraw Henoko landfill permit

(Sankei: July 10, 2015 – p. 1)    In connection with the relocation of the U.S. forces’ Futenma Air Station (in Ginowan City, Okinawa) to Henoko, Nago City, it was learned that an experts’ panel in Okinawa is poised to point out prefectural government officials’ errors relating to environmental conservation measures and other matters in the approval process for reclamation….Read more

  • 2015-07-10 15:00:00
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Archaeological survey for cultural assets begins in U.S. military camp in Okinawa

(Tokyo Shimbun: July 8, 2015 – p.6)    The Nago City Board of Education in Okinawa Prefecture began on July 7 an excavation at the U.S. military’s Camp Schwab as part of an archaeological survey in accordance with the Cultural Properties Protection Law. The site is adjacent to the shore of Henoko in Nago City, the proposed site for the….Read more

  • 2015-07-08 15:00:00
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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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