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U.S. Marine indicted for stealing car and DUI

The Numazu Branch of Shizuoka District Public Prosecutors Office indicted without arrest on Nov. 8 a U.S. Marine Corps serviceman (36) on charges (theft and violation of the Road Traffic Law) of stealing a car, driving the car under the influence of alcohol, and causing an accident resulting in damage to property in Gotenba City, Shizuoka Prefecture.   The prosecutors office….Read more

  • November 9, 2016
  • , Ryukyu Shimpo , p. 25
  • JMH Translation

SECURITY > Self-Defense Forces

MOD reinforces SDF bases on Nansei Islands

In response to China’s military advances, the Ministry of Defense is moving forward with a plan to station Ground Self-Defense Force units on the Nansei Islands off Kyushu. MOD will build new bases and expand old ones there to accommodate the SDF’s rapid response units.   The government began acquiring land on Amami Oshima back in 2015. A GSDF security unit and surface-to-air missile unit (350 members) will….Read more

  • November 6, 2016
  • , Akahata , p. 4
  • JMH Translation

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35% of Coast Guard vessels outdated as seas remain troubled

Tasked with ensuring the security and safety of the high seas, a Japan Coast Guard officer lamented having to command an aging vessel that once stalled immediately after leaving the quay.   As the crew quickly tossed a rope to the dock to halt the ship, the breakdown did not result in a serious mishap.   “Although we are supposed….Read more

  • October 7, 2016
  • , The Asahi Shimbun , 07:00
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SECURITY > Okinawa

GOJ, Okinawa to resume talks on base issues

Mainichi wrote that Deputy Chief Cabinet Secretary Sugita and Okinawa Vice Governor Ageda agreed on Tuesday that the GOJ and the Okinawa Prefectural Government will hold a meeting to discuss Futenma relocation and other issues this month. Okinawa hopes to discuss the partial return of the Northern Training Area during the meeting. This will be the first time for the….Read more

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Senior U.S. official explains U.S. policy on nuclear disarmament

Tuesday evening’s Nikkei ran a Kyodo report saying that Assistant Secretary of State for International Security and Nonproliferation Countryman said on Monday that the United States opposed a resolution on discussions on a nuclear ban treaty at the UN First Committee last month because it does not believe the motion is a realistic way to move forward with nuclear disarmament.….Read more

SECURITY > U.S. Bases

Nuclear disaster drill held in Yokosuka

Tuesday evening’s Tokyo Shimbun reported that some 300 residents, including primary school students, took part in a drill organized by the Yokosuka municipal government on Tuesday morning to prepare for the possibility of a nuclear accident aboard a U.S. Navy nuclear-powered vessel at the naval base in Yokosuka. Participants who live within 3-km radius of the installation were asked to….Read more

  • November 8, 2016
  • , Tokyo Shimbun evening edition
  • JMH Summary

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U.S. Osprey conducts test flight in Saga

Asahi reported online that the Defense Ministry arranged a test flight by a Futenma-based Osprey at Saga Airport this morning in response to a request from local residents who wished to see for themselves the noise generated by the tilt-rotor aircraft, which is scheduled to be deployed at the airport for the GSDF starting in FY2019. The ministry reportedly measured the noise at 10….Read more

SECURITY > Okinawa

Abe, U.S. Air Force chief agree to move forward with return of NTA, Futenma relocation

Jiji Press reported that Prime Minister Abe and U.S. Air Force Chief of Staff Goldfein agreed during their meeting at the Kantei on Monday that the U.S. and Japan should move forward with the return of the Northern Training Area by the end of this year and the Futenma base’s relocation to Henoko. The prime minister expressed concern over North….Read more

SECURITY > Okinawa

Ceremony to return NTA to be held on Dec. 20

Ryukyu Shimpo and Okinawa Times both reported that a ceremony marking the return of a large portion of the Northern Training Area may be held on around Dec. 20, as the ongoing construction work for the four helipads is likely to be completed in mid-December. Ryukyu Shimpo claimed that the USG is expected to issue an official notification on the return to….Read more

SECURITY > Self-Defense Forces

Japan to add new duties to GSDF in S. Sudan on Nov. 15

Tokyo, Nov. 7 (Jiji Press)–The Japanese government is likely to decide at a cabinet meeting on Nov. 15 to assign new duties to Ground Self-Defense Force troops that will be sent to South Sudan to replace current troops joining U.N. peacekeeping operations, informed sources said Monday. At a meeting the same day, the National Security Council reaffirmed its plan to….Read more

  • November 7, 2016
  • , Jiji Press , 11:43 p.m.
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