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SECURITY > Okinawa

No exit in sight for GOJ-Okinawa rift over Futenma

Nikkei wrote that there is no exit in sight to the stalemate between the GOJ and the Okinawa Prefecture over FRF construction at Henoko. Tokyo is worried that the prefecture is trying to intentionally delay the settlement of the issue, as Governor Onaga expressed his intention not to file a new lawsuit for the time being in line with the….Read more

  • June 22, 2016
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SECURITY > Okinawa

Henoko relocation to be the key issue in Okinawa in Upper House election

The popular will on building a new military base in Henoko, Nago City, as a consequence of the return of the Futenma Air Station, will be the key issue in the Okinawa electoral district in the House of Councillors election. This will also be an election for the voters to pronounce a verdict on Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s management of….Read more

  • June 22, 2016
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SECURITY > Okinawa

Abe to attend Okinawa memorial ceremony

Asahi, Yomiuri, and Sankei wrote that Chief Cabinet Secretary Suga stated at a press briefing on June 21 that Prime Minister Abe will attend the annual memorial ceremony for the war dead that will be held in Okinawa on June 23. Suga said the premier does not plan to meet with Governor Onaga during his trip to Okinawa.  

SECURITY > U.S. Bases

Commentary: Revising the SOFA will not deter crimes by U.S. service members

A foreign military presence is a sensitive issue in any country. When a member of the foreign military commits a crime, it raises doubts and makes people in the host nation angry. It is impossible to completely eliminate crimes, but it is possible to reduce the number and work together to punish individuals who violated laws. When a crime takes….Read more

  • June 21, 2016
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SECURITY > Self-Defense Forces

MOD sets up special investigation committee on accidental shooting of live rounds

Following the release of the findings of investigations [into an accident in which GSDF members shot live rounds by mistake in an exercise], Kiyofumi Iwata, chief of staff of the Ground Self-Defense Force, said at a press conference on June 20 that “We will change SDF personnel’s awareness of how to manage and use weapons and ammunition.”   According to….Read more

  • June 21, 2016
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SECURITY > Cybersecurity

Private-sector professional takes METI cybersecurity position

By Yuko Akimoto

  • June 22, 2016
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SECURITY > Okinawa

Okinawa Governor Onaga requests drastic revision of SOFA

TBS reported at noon that Okinawa Governor Onaga visited MOFA this morning and requested a drastic revision of the SOFA. He reportedly told Vice Foreign Minister Muto: “We feel strong resentment against repeated crimes and accidents involving U.S. service members and civilian workers and we lodge a strong protest.” The governor also called for a major consolidation and reduction of….Read more

  • June 21, 2016
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SECURITY > Okinawa

DOS spokesperson comments on massive rally in Okinawa

TBS reported at noon that concerning the massive rally held in Okinawa on June 19, DOS spokesperson Kirby told reporters on Monday that the USG understands the range of emotion that led many people to the rally in the wake of “this unspeakable crime.” He also reportedly stressed that the DOD is already reviewing the SOFA with the Japanese Defense….Read more

  • June 21, 2016
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SECURITY > Okinawa

Retired U.S. Army colonel calls on GOJ to renegotiate the SOFA

TV Asahi’s “Hodo Station” on Monday reported on the prefecture-wide rally held in Okinawa in response to the alleged murder of a local woman by a former Marine. Retired U.S. Army colonel Ann Wright said in an interview that repeated crimes involving U.S. service members in Okinawa are occurring due to a “sense of privilege” felt by them under the….Read more

  • June 20, 2016
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SECURITY > Okinawa

Gov’t indicates desire for early settlement with Okinawa

On the latest conclusion released by the Central and Local Government Dispute Management Council, which avoided making a judgment over whether the central government’s order to Governor Onaga was illegal, Tuesday morning’s Ryukyu Shimpo expressed doubts about whether the government’s plan to relocate the FRF to Henoko will proceed as quickly as it desires. Citing CCS Suga’s remarks that the….Read more

  • June 21, 2016
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