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Okinawan views on U.S. bases differ by age group, 2021 Ryukyu Shimpo Survey of Prefectural Residents

How do Okinawans view the U.S. forces in Japan, the Self-Defense Forces (SDF) bases, and the passing down of the experience of war to future generations? The results of the 2021 Ryukyu Shimpo Survey of Prefectural Residents offer a glimpse of the complex emotions Okinawans have regarding the U.S. bases. The survey also reveals that most residents believe the experience….Read more

  • January 13, 2022
  • , Ryukyu Shimpo , p. 26
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SECURITY > Okinawa

Nago mayoral race starts, focusing on U.S. base issue

Nago, Okinawa Pref., Jan. 16 (Jiji Press)–The official campaign period started on Sunday for the Jan. 23 mayoral election in Nago, Okinawa Prefecture, which will focus on a controversial U.S. base relocation project.   Candidacies were filed by Nago assembly member Yohei Kishimoto, 49, and incumbent Mayor Taketoyo Toguchi, 60, whose term of office is set to end on Feb.….Read more

  • January 16, 2022
  • , Jiji Press , 3:40 p.m.
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SECURITY > U.S. Bases

Cartoon: Kishi’s voice doesn’t reach USFJ

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DOS official gives high marks to HNS agreement

Sunday’s Asahi reported from Washington that an unnamed State Department official commented in an interview with the paper on Thursday on the new five-year agreement on the cost of stationing U.S. troops in Japan. The official reportedly said the two governments were able to reach the agreement “in a very useful form” and added that the establishment of funding for….Read more

  • January 16, 2022
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SECURITY > Okinawa

Cartoon: Spitting in the wind?

  • January 14, 2022
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FM Hayashi says U.S. bases possible cause of COVID-19 surge in Japan

Mainichi and Nikkei wrote that Foreign Minister Hayashi reportedly said at a news conference held at the Japan National Press Club in Tokyo on Thursday that concerning the recent surge in COVID-19 cases in communities surrounding U.S. military facilities, he cannot rule out the possibility that infections at the facilities are a factor behind the spread of the virus in….Read more

  • January 14, 2022
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SECURITY > Self-Defense Forces

Defense ministry informs mayor of decision to construct SDF base on Mageshima

Thursday evening’s Asahi wrote that concerning a plan to construct an SDF base on Mageshima in Nishinoomote City in Kagoshima Prefecture as the relocation site for field carrier landing practice (FCLP) by U.S. carrier-based aircraft, the Ministry of Defense told Nishinoomote Mayor Yaita on Wednesday that the GOJ has decided to select the island as the site for the SDF….Read more

  • January 13, 2022
  • , Asahi evening edition
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SECURITY > U.S. Bases

U.S. military helicopter makes precautionary landing at village heliport in Okinawa

Yomiuri wrote that a Futenma-based AH-1Z helicopter made a precautionary landing at a heliport owned by Tonaki Village in Okinawa at around 6:00 p.m. on Thursday. There were no reports of injuries or property damage. The paper wrote that the U.S. military explained that the aircraft made a precautionary landing due to a mechanical abnormality.

  • January 14, 2022
  • , Yomiuri
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Commentary: SOFA exempts U.S. forces from Japan’s laws, as it does its COVID safety measures

While Prime Minister Kishida has not formally declared a sixth wave, it is apparent that the nation is now in the midst of one.   A pre-emergency is in effect for Okinawa, Yamaguchi and Hiroshima prefectures due to a surge in new hospitalizations. Most of the new cases are the omicron variant. What distinguishes them from other prefectures is they….Read more

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Japanese smelt fishing halted due to possible leakage of toxic substance from Misawa base

In a development related to the possible leakage of contaminated water from U.S. Naval Air Facility (NAF) Misawa, the Too Nippo learned that ice fishing of Japanese smelt [Hypomesus nipponensis] at nearby Lake Anenuma (Tohoku-machi, Aomori Prefecture) has been halted since Jan. 12. The measure was taken due to the possibility that the contaminated water has flowed into the lake. The….Read more

  • January 13, 2022
  • , Too Nippo , p. 27
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