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Shimoji’s participation shakes up Okinawa gubernatorial race

Saturday’s Okinawa Times wrote that although the Okinawa gubernatorial election in Sept. 11 had been expected to be a one-on-one battle between incumbent Tamaki Denny, who is backed by the “All Okinawa” anti-Henoko construction group, and former Ginowan Mayor Sakima Atsushi, who is supported by the LDP, former Lower House member Shimoji Mikio’s July 20 announcement that he will enter….Read more

  • July 23, 2022
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Okinawa governor calls for withdrawal of plan to build corrosion control facility at Kadena

Saturday’s Okinawa Times wrote that concerning the U.S. military’s plan to construct a hangar for aircraft corrosion control in the “Papa Loop” area at Kadena AB, Governor Tamaki said at a news conference on Friday that the U.S. military should withdraw the plan to respect the opinion of local residents who oppose it. The governor was quoted as saying that….Read more

  • July 23, 2022
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Taiwanese marine research vessel spotted in Japan’s EEZ for two consecutive days

On July 23, the 11th Regional Coast Guard Headquarters (Naha) announced that it spotted a Taiwanese marine research vessel with a wire-like object lowered in Japan’s exclusive economic zone (EEZ) near Ishigaki Island, Okinawa Prefecture, on July 22 and 23. Suspecting that the vessel was conducting marine research without approval, the headquarters once again demanded [a similar demand was made….Read more

  • July 24, 2022
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Nakanishi throws hat in ring for Ginowan mayor

On July 23, Nakanishi Harumasa (61), a former head of a union of Okinawa high school parent-teacher associations, announced that he will run in the Ginowan mayoral election to be held on Sept. 11. Nakanishi also ran in the previous mayoral race held in 2018. Nakanishi is opposed to the relocation of the U.S. Military’s Futenma Air Station to Henoko….Read more

  • July 23, 2022
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SECURITY > Okinawa

Kadena town proposes alternative to building maintenance hangar at Kadena AB

Ryukyu Shimpo and Okinawa Times reported that on July 21 Kadena Town Mayor Toyama proposed an alternative to the existing plan to build in the “Papa Loop” area at Kadena AB a hangar for rust-preventive coating of aircraft. According to the papers, Mayor Toyama proposed building the hangar at a distance from the residential district. The papers said the mayor….Read more

  • July 22, 2022
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SECURITY > Okinawa

U.S., Japan agree to build maintenance facility at Torii Station

Okinawa Times reported that the U.S.-Japan Joint Committee agreed on Thursday to construct a maintenance facility for communication and other equipment at Torii Station based on the consolidation plan for U.S. military facilities located south of Kadena AB. The paper said the move is in accordance with the return of the industrial corridor area of Camp Foster, adding that additional….Read more

  • July 22, 2022
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POLITICS > Elections

U.S. military involvement or deception? Bullet found at Okinawa house triggers speculation

A bullet-like object was found at a house near the U.S. military’s Camp Hansen (straddling Kin Town and other municipalities in Okinawa Prefecture) on July 7. The incident is sending shock waves through the local community as the origin of the bullet is unknown. Was it a stray bullet fired during a U.S. military drill? Or was the incident fabricated?….Read more

SECURITY > Okinawa

U.S. service member found guilty of possessing cannabis

On July 19, the Naha District Court (judge: Kato Takashi) sentenced a 21-year-old U.S. Marine Corps lance corporal to six months in prison, suspended for three years (imprisonment of six months was demanded by the prosecution), for violating the Cannabis Control Law (possession) by possessing cannabis in Okinawa City. It was the first day of the trial and the defendant….Read more

  • July 20, 2022
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SECURITY > Okinawa

Naha court gives two U.S. civilian workers prison sentence for growing and possessing marijuana

Okinawa Times reported that the Naha District Court sentenced on Wednesday a U.S. civilian base worker to two and a half years in prison with a three-year suspension and his wife, also a U.S. civilian base worker, to one year in prison with a three-year suspension. The couple, affiliated with the U.S. Air Force in Okinawa, were charged with growing….Read more

  • July 21, 2022
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Defeat in Okinawa deals blow to LDP ahead of governor race

Naha, Okinawa Pref., July 20 (Jiji Press)–The ruling Liberal Democratic Party’s defeat in the Okinawa prefectural constituency in the recent House of Councillors election has dealt a blow to the LDP ahead of the prefecture’s gubernatorial race in September.   This year, the LDP won four consecutive mayoral elections in the southernmost Japan prefecture, including one in Nago and another….Read more

  • July 20, 2022
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