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Background behind unexpected out-of-court settlement on Futenma relocation

(Sankei: March 15, 2016 – p. 5)    By Mayumi Ogawa    The national government has instructed the Okinawa prefectural government to rectify his nullification of the landfill permit for the relocation of the U.S. military Futenma Air Station (Ginowan City, Okinawa Prefecture) to Henoko, Nago City, in accordance with the out-of-court settlement of the “execution-by-proxy” lawsuit. In response, the….Read more

  • 2016-03-15 15:00:00
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Abe’s acceptance of court-mediated Henoko settlement sign of plan for double elections

(Shukan Bunshun: March 17, 2016 – pp. 134-135)    On Mar. 4, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe suddenly announced a decision to shift from court battle with Okinawa over the relocation of the Futenma Air Station to Henoko to acceptance of the court-mediated settlement. What was the real intent behind this?    With the settlement, the government will suspend reclamation work….Read more

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Authority for drafting operational plans to be partially transferred to SDF Joint Staff

(Mainichi: March 14, 2016 – p. 1)    The Defense Ministry announced on March 11 that as a result of reviewing procedures for formulating the SDF operational plans, some of the procedures will be transferred to the Joint Staff from the internal bureaus. Most of the Joint Staff are uniformed officers, whereas the internal bureaus are civilian bureaucrats. The transfer….Read more

  • 2016-03-14 15:00:00
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SDF, police, fire departments boost disaster readiness, cooperation with USFJ after 3/11

(Nikkei: March 12, 2016 – p. 4)    Learning lessons from the Great East Japan Earthquake, the government has strengthened systems for responding to disasters in the past five years. The Self-Defense Forces (SDF), the police, and the fire departments have increased personnel for initial response to disasters. The development of unmanned vehicles to dispose of debris in a nuclear….Read more

  • 2016-03-14 15:00:00
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Government’s attitude toward dialogue with Okinawa is questionable

(Kanagawa Shimbun: March 8, 2016 – p. 1)    The government has instructed Okinawa Prefectural Governor Takeshi Onaga to rectify his nullification of the landfill permit for the relocation of the U.S. military’s Futenma Air Station. In order to avoid a series of lawsuits being filed one after another, both the national and the Okinawa prefectural governments accepted an out-of-court….Read more

  • 2016-03-09 15:00:00
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Okinawa skeptical about government’s order to correct cancellation of landfill approval

(Tokyo Shimbun: March 8, 2016 – p. 2)    “What happened to reaching an amicable settlement?” The government on March 7 ordered Okinawa Gov. Takeshi Onaga to correct his cancellation of approval for landfill work at the replacement site for the U.S. Marine Corps’ Futenma Air Station. Although the government took the action in line with its agreement with the….Read more

  • 2016-03-08 15:00:00
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North Korea preparing cyberattacks on Japan during G7 Summit

(Sentaku: March 2016 – p. 21)    There is a strong possibility that North Korea may launch cyberattacks on Japan this May. The G7 Ise-Shima Summit will be held in late May and the Japanese government is coordinating behind the scenes to issue a statement condemning North Korea’s nuclear test and ballistic missile launching.    North Korea will also be….Read more

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New “Jinryu” submarine bolsters MSDF fleet

(Sankei: March 8, 2016 – p. 5)    Mitsubishi Heavy Industries delivered a new “Jinryu” submarine to the Maritime Self-Defense Force (MSDF) on March 7. A delivery and flag presentation ceremony was held at the Mitsubishi’s Kobe shipyard in Kobe City, Hyogo Prefecture.    The Jinryu is the MSDF’s state-of-the-art and world’s largest conventionally powered submarine. With the new submarine….Read more

  • 2016-03-08 15:00:00
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Editorial: Government and Okinawa should expedite re-discussion, facing up to the reality

(Sankei: March 5, 2016 – p. 2)    The national and the Okinawa prefectural governments reached an out-of-court settlement over a lawsuit regarding the national government invoking the practice called execution by proxy over the Futenma relocation issue.    The Naha branch of the Fukuoka High Court had presented a compromise proposal for the administration and the prefectural government to….Read more

  • 2016-03-07 15:00:00
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GSDF CBRN defense units deploying to South Sudan

(Akahata: March 6, 2016 – Top Play)    The Defense Ministry admitted to Akahata, the newspaper of the Japanese Communist Party, that Ground Self-Defense Forces chemical, biological, radiological, and nuclear (CBRN) defense units are deploying to South Sudan as part of the UN peacekeeping operations (PKO). The CBRN units are specialized in responding to attacks by biological, chemical, radiological, and….Read more

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