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Kadena base worker asking for murder case to be tried in Tokyo

Most Tuesday papers reported that the U.S. civilian base employee at Kadena who was indicted on murder charges has submitted a request to the Supreme Court asking that the case be tried in Tokyo instead of the Okinawa District Court on the grounds that he may not be able to receive a “fair trial” since local people would serve as….Read more

  • July 5, 2016
  • , Asahi, Mainichi, Yomiuri, Nikkei, Sankei, Tokyo Shimbun
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SECURITY > Okinawa

Kadena airman arrested for DUI

Most Monday evening papers wrote that the Okinawa police arrested a U.S. airman at Kadena AB on charges of drunk driving in Chatan on Sunday, noting that the incident occurred less than a week after the U.S. military relaxed the alcohol ban on all personnel in the island prefecture on June 28. The suspect is reportedly denying the allegation. This….Read more

  • July 4, 2016
  • , Asahi, Mainichi, Yomiuri, Nikkei, Sankei, Tokyo Shimbun evening edition
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SECURITY > Okinawa

Two Marines arrested in Okinawa for possession of live ammunition

Saturday morning’s Mainichi wrote in its city news section that the Okinawa police arrested two Marines stationed at Makiminato Service Area separately on Friday on charges of possessing live ammunition. Naha Airport authorities reportedly discovered that their carry-on baggage contained bullets.

  • July 2, 2016
  • , Mainichi
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SECURITY > U.S. Bases

GOJ not informed of numerous environmental accidents at Kadena

Monday’s Tokyo Shimbun took up an allegation by freelance journalist Jon Mitchell based on U.S. military data obtained through the Freedom of Information Act that 415 environmental accidents and incidents, including the leakage of extinguishing agents and light oil, occurred at Kadena AB between 1998 and 2015 and that many of the cases were not reported to Japanese authorities. The….Read more

  • July 4, 2016
  • , Tokyo Shimbun
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SECURITY > U.S. Bases

U.S. military returns Yuki Antenna Site in Tokyo

In its Tokyo metropolitan section on Saturday, Asahi took up an announcement by the Defense Ministry on Friday that a U.S. military telecommunications site in Hachioji City, Tokyo, has been reverted to Japan. Yuki Antenna Site had been used by the U.S. military since 1954.

  • July 2, 2016
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SECURITY > Okinawa

U.S. government closely watching anti-U.S. base activity in Okinawa

Okinawa Times reported that following the indictment of a civilian base worker on the charge of disposing of a woman’s body, the U.S. government is now saying that it wants to carefully monitor developments related to Futenma until the court renders a verdict in the civilian base worker’s case. To leave room for the Okinawa governor to make compromises, anti-U.S.….Read more

  • July 1, 2016
  • , Okinawa Times
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SECURITY > Defense Industry

Japan may choose Israel as partner to develop UAV

Japan’s plan to purchase a U.S.-made unmanned area vehicle (UAV) is becoming increasingly uncertain on account of the high cost of using the aircraft and operational restrictions arising from technical capabilities and the limited provision of technology by the U.S. The Defense Ministry is now exploring the possibility of jointly developing a drone with Israel. However, caution has been voiced….Read more

  • June 30, 2016
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SECURITY > Okinawa

GOJ demands narrowing SOFA coverage for civilian employees

In discussions with the U.S. on ways to prevent crimes by U.S. military personnel, the Japanese government has demanded that the U.S. government exclude American workers at welfare facilities on U.S. bases and contractors working for general facilities from coverage under the Status of Forces Agreement’s provision for U.S. forces “civilian component” that gives precedence to U.S. judicial processes in….Read more

  • July 1, 2016
  • , Sankei , Lead story
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SECURITY > U.S. Bases

Japan asks U.S. to narrow scope of SOFA coverage for civilian base workers

Sankei front-paged a report saying that it learned from several GOJ sources that in its SOFA administration discussions with the U.S., Japan called on the U.S. to remove construction workers and contractors working at shops and other recreational facilities at U.S. bases from the scope of SOFA coverage.

  • July 1, 2016
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SECURITY > Okinawa

U.S. civilian base worker indicted anew over murder of Okinawa woman

All papers wrote that Naha prosecutors filed a fresh indictment on June 30 against a former U.S. Marine on charges of sexually assaulting and murdering an Okinawa woman in April. The civilian base worker has already been indicted on the charge of abandoning the woman’s body.  

  • July 1, 2016
  • , Asahi, Mainichi, Yomiuri, Nikkei, Sankei, Tokyo Shimbun
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