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Embassy official underscores function of the SOFA

Saturday’s Okinawa Times and Ryukyu Shimpo front-paged reports saying that a delegation of Okinawa Prefectural Assembly members visited the U.S. Embassy in Tokyo on Friday over the alleged sexual assault and murder of a young Okinawa woman by a former U.S. Marine in April. The papers quoted the Embassy’s PolMil chief Aaron Snipe as telling the delegation that the U.S.….Read more

  • June 11, 2016
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SECURITY > Okinawa

36 of 41 Okinawa municipality leaders seek SOFA revisions

Monday’s Ryukyu Shimpo front-paged the results of its recent survey of the leaders of all 41 municipalities in Okinawa. Concerning the SOFA, 36 of the 39 leaders who replied to the survey said the agreement should be revised drastically. Regarding the plan to relocate the Futenma base to Henoko, 16 municipality heads responded by saying the plan should be scrapped,….Read more

  • June 13, 2016
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SECURITY > Okinawa

Ginowan mayor tells citizens that U.S. said to him Henoko is the only option

On the evening of June 10, Ginowan Mayor Atsushi Sakima held a meeting to describe his trip to the U.S. in late April to call for the early return of base land now being used for the U.S. Marine Corps Futenma Air Station. The meeting was held at the city’s central public hall in Nodake. More than 100 citizens and….Read more

  • June 12, 2016
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SECURITY > Okinawa

Okinawa assembly members lodge protest over alleged murder by ex-Marine

The Friday evening edition of Tokyo Shimbun wrote that a delegation from the Okinawa Prefectural Assembly lodged a protest with the U.S. Embassy in Tokyo and the Ministries of Defense and Foreign Affairs over the alleged sexual assault and murder of a young Okinawa woman by a former U.S. Marine in April. The protest, lodged in the form of a….Read more

SECURITY > U.S. Bases

U.S. Navy lifts ban on off-base activities in Japan

Friday evening’s Tokyo Shimbun reported on a CNFJ announcement on Friday that it has lifted the restrictions it imposed last week on U.S. sailors’ off-base activities in Japan following the earlier arrest of a sailor in Okinawa on suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol. CNFJ has implemented a temporary measure under which sailors are required to submit detailed….Read more

SECURITY > Okinawa

Komeito unlikely to send officials to Okinawa protest rally

Sunday’s Asahi wrote that the Okinawa prefectural chapter of the Komeito party has decided not to send a representative to a prefecture-wide rally to be held on this Sunday in protest of the alleged murder by a U.S. civilian base worker. As the LDP is also not expected to take part in the event, the daily said the pro-governor organizers’….Read more

SECURITY

DP leader emphasizes importance of U.S.-Japan alliance to Ambassador Kennedy

Most Saturday morning papers gave inside-page play to Democratic Party President Okada’s meeting with Ambassador Kennedy at the U.S. Embassy on Friday, during which he explained his party’s view on bilateral relations. On the DP’s call for scrapping the new security legislation, Okada reportedly told the Ambassador: “It’s wrong to think that our party is trying to dismantle the U.S.-Japan….Read more

SECURITY > Cybersecurity

Gov’t to create framework for comprehensive cyber-defense

The Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications will establish a framework for protecting all electronic devices connected to the Internet from cyberattacks. The ministry will encourage system administrators of businesses and local governments to develop systems by which they can shut down illicit communications to and from their devices connected to the Internet, as well as to ensure security regarding….Read more

  • June 11, 2016
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SECURITY > Okinawa

Bars, restaurants in base-hosting communities hit hard by strict liberty policies

Asahi reported online that Japanese owners of bars and eateries in cities and towns hosting U.S. military installations across Japan are suffering from a sharp decline in the number of American customers prompted by the strict liberty policies, including a total ban on alcohol consumption by sailors, being enforced in response to a recent series of incidents involving members of….Read more

  • June 10, 2016
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SECURITY > Okinawa

Base worker re-arrested for killing Okinawa woman

All papers wrote in front- or inside-page articles that the Okinawa Police on Thursday re-arrested a former Marine on additional charges of murder and rape resulting in death, noting that the local prosecutors’ office on the same day formally indicted the suspect on the charge of abandoning the body of a local woman. On the additional charges, the base worker….Read more

  • June 10, 2016
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