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PKO unit trained to handle contingencies during overseas deployment

The Ground Self-Defense Force (GSDF) introduced a specialized unit called the International Peace Cooperation activities Training Unit (IPCATng) to the press on Wednesday. The IPCATng is stationed at Camp Komakado in Gotenba City, Shizuoka Prefecture, and responsible for training GSDF units assigned for overseas operations such as the Peacekeeping Operation (PKO). Enactment of the security law last spring made overseas….Read more

  • June 30, 2016
  • , Mainichi , p. 28
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SECURITY > U.S. Bases

U.S. refuses to grant access to Camp Zukeran for inspection of cultural assets

Ryukyu Shimpo front-paged a report saying that the Chatan Town Board of Education has been denied permission since last November to inspect cultural assets inside Camp Zukeran. The U.S.-Japan supplementary environmental agreement was reportedly cited as the reason for the refusal. The paper wrote in an editorial that the environmental agreement is “underhanded” and called on the government to immediately….Read more

  • June 29, 2016
  • , Ryukyu Shimpo
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SECURITY > U.S. Bases

USFJ Facebook post on Okinawa continues to draw criticism

Regarding the recent USFJ Facebook post saying it is a misunderstanding that 75% of the U.S. bases in Japan are concentrated in Okinawa and Okinawa actually hosts 39% of the U.S. military facilities, the vice-director of public affairs at USFJ headquarters told Okinawa Times on June 28 that confusion arises when land area and facilities are mixed up. He explained….Read more

  • June 29, 2016
  • , Okinawa Times
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Analysis: Why Japan protested Chinese warship’s “legal” entry into contiguous zone

A Chinese warship entered contiguous waters off the Senkaku Islands at 12:50 a.m. on June 9. At around 2:00 a.m., the Chinese Ambassador to Japan was summoned to the Foreign Ministry, where Japan lodged a strong protest, and a National Security Council meeting was also held subsequently.

  • July 5, 2016
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SECURITY > U.S. Bases

Nakatani says no intention to resume construction of new base in Henoko

In connection with Okinawa Prefecture’s refusal to file a lawsuit, which was agreed between the central and Okinawa governments, over the construction of a new base following the relocation of the U.S. Marine Corps Air Station Futenma (Ginowan City in Okinawa Prefecture), Defense Minister Gen Nakatani said at a press conference on June 28: “We have no intention to resume….Read more

  • June 29, 2016
  • , Tokyo Shimbun , p. 2
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SECURITY > Okinawa

Governor slams USFJ’s Facebook post downplaying burden on Okinawa

Asahi wrote that Okinawa Governor Onaga commented on a statement posted on the USFJ’s Facebook page saying that it is a misunderstanding that 75% of the U.S. bases in Japan are concentrated in Okinawa and Okinawa actually hosts 39% of the U.S. military facilities. Onaga told reporters on June 28: “I am dumbfounded by the statement. The U.S. and Japanese….Read more

  • June 29, 2016
  • , Asahi , p. 34
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SECURITY > Okinawa

Nakatani expresses displeasure over DUI involving Kadena base worker

Asahi and Nikkei wrote briefly on inside pages that Defense Minister Nakatani commented during a news conference on June 28 on the arrest on Sunday of an American worker at Kadena AB for alleged drunk driving by saying that it is unjustifiable and he cannot help but have doubts about the measures taken by the U.S. to prevent similar incidents….Read more

  • June 29, 2016
  • , Asahi , p. 7
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SECURITY > Okinawa

GOJ, Okinawa to hold working-group meeting on legal procedures for Futenma relocation

Asahi, Mainichi, and Nikkei wrote that Chief Cabinet Secretary Suga said at a news conference on June 28 that the GOJ plans to hold in July a meeting of the working-group with the Okinawa Prefectural Government that was established based on the settlement recommendations for Futenma relocation. Suga said that the GOJ plans to explain its position on the matter….Read more

  • June 29, 2016
  • , Asahi, Mainichi, NIkkei , p. 7
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SECURITY > U.S. Bases

U.S. forces lift drinking ban and curfew in Okinawa

NHK reported at noon that the U.S. forces in Okinawa lifted this morning the off-base drinking ban and midnight curfew imposed about a month ago on all military service members and civilian employees in response to the arrest of a former U.S. Marine over his involvement in the murder of a 20-year-old woman in Okinawa. The network said U.S. service….Read more

  • June 28, 2016
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SECURITY > U.S. Bases

USFJ downplays burden on Okinawa

Okinawa Times front-paged that USFJ posted on Facebook on June 23 a statement saying it is a misunderstanding that 75% of the U.S. bases in Japan are concentrated in Okinawa and Okinawa actually hosts 39% of the U.S. military facilities. Okinawa Times wrote in an inside-page article that the USFJ’s statement can only be described as a taunt directed at the Okinawan….Read more

  • June 28, 2016
  • , Okinawa Times
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