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Most local economic organizations to support Sakima in gubernatorial election

Okinawa Times reported on its finding that most major economic organizations in Okinawa are planning to support former Ginowan Mayor Sakima Atsushi, who has been endorsed by the LDP and the Komeito party for the gubernatorial election on Sept. 11. According to the paper, 12 of the 16 economic groups have either expressed their support for or intention to support….Read more

  • August 15, 2022
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Weak yen another burden on Japanese students overseas

Okinawa Times wrote that although the number of Japanese people studying abroad has been increasing following foreign nations’ lifting of their COVID-related restrictions on foreign entry, the drop in the value of the yen against the U.S. dollar and other foreign currencies since last fall has become another burden on Japanese people studying abroad. According to an agent in Okinawa,….Read more

  • August 15, 2022
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Chinese Coast Guard ships enter Japanese waters

Naha, Okinawa Pref., Aug. 14 (Jiji Press)–Two Chinese coast guard ships entered Japanese waters around the Senkaku Islands in Okinawa Prefecture, southernmost Japan, on Sunday.   The two Haijing ships entered the Japanese waters from southwest of the Uotsuri Island and elsewhere between around 4:10 a.m. (7:10 p.m. Saturday GMT) and 4:15 a.m., according to the Japan Coast Guard’s 11th….Read more

  • August 14, 2022
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U.S. service member arrested on DUI charge

On Aug. 14, the Okinawa Police arrested a 21-year-old Marine corporal affiliated with Camp Schwab on suspicion of driving a car under the influence of alcohol on Prefectural Route 85 in the Yamauchi district of Okinawa City. The suspect rear-ended a parked car and caused a three-car pileup that involved a police patrol car. There were no casualties.   The….Read more

  • August 15, 2022
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SECURITY > Okinawa

Two U.S. service members arrested on separate DUI charges

On Aug. 13, the Naha Police separately arrested a 24-year-old corporal assigned to the U.S. Army’s Torii Station and a 25-year-old Marine sergeant stationed in Okinawa on suspicion of violating the Road Traffic Act (driving under the influence of alcohol) for driving while under the influence of alcohol. The suspects have reportedly admitted the charges, with the Army corporal saying,….Read more

  • August 14, 2022
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POLITICS

Gov’t holds four-minister NSC session on Taiwan

On Aug. 12, the government convened a National Security Council session of four ministers at the Prime Minister’s Office [Kantei] to discuss developments in East Asia. The discussions were apparently focused on the cross-strait issue as China is ramping up its military pressure on Taiwan following U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s visit there. This was the first NSC session convened….Read more

  • August 13, 2022
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Consulate-General Naha and Okinawa board of education sign agreement for English Language Fellow program

By Kanamori Ayaka   The Okinawa Prefectural Board of Education and the U.S. Consulate-General Naha held a signing ceremony for the English Language Fellow (ELF) program on Aug. 8. Board Superintendent Hanmine Mitsuru and Public Affairs Officer (PAO) Nicole Lima Nucelli attended the event.   Under the ELF program, an English-language education specialist will be sent to the prefectural board….Read more

  • August 13, 2022
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U.S. and Japan step up joint drills by 50% as Taiwan tensions rise

TOKYO — Japan’s Self-Defense Forces have participated in 50% more joint exercises with the U.S. military so far this year than in the same period of 2021 as the partners strengthen deterrence on the front lines of a potential conflict around Taiwan.   A total of 10 fighter jets from Japan’s Air Self-Defense Force and the U.S. Air Force held….Read more

  • August 13, 2022
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Japan to not disclose tech research at risk of overseas military use

TOKYO – The Japanese government will not disclose results of its research on critical technologies if there is a risk the information may be diverted for military use overseas or otherwise jeopardize national interests, sources close to the matter said Friday.   Research results on cutting-edge technologies specified in the economic security law will be shared only within associations made up of….Read more

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Japan screens foreign researchers for espionage risks

TOKYO — Japan has set stricter screening requirements for foreign researchers entering the country, aiming to keep sensitive research and technologies from leaking to China and elsewhere.   In order to apply for a Japanese visa, researchers and students need to obtain a certificate of eligibility from their schools and employers. The document includes such information as their purpose of….Read more

  • August 13, 2022
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