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Editorial: Gov’t should inspect U.S. Navy’s Yokosuka base to address PFOS contamination

Poisonous organic fluorine compounds perfluorooctanesulfonic acid (PFOS) and perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA) were detected at a wastewater treatment plant at U.S. Yokosuka Naval Base in Yokosuka City. It is said drainage water contaminated with the compounds was likely discharged into the Port of Yokosuka. It would be an extremely serious situation if seawater were contaminated with these hazardous substances that are….Read more

  • July 30, 2022
  • , Kanagawa Shimbun , p. 15
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SECURITY > Okinawa

Mayor requests withdrawal of plan to build corrosion control hangar at Kadena AB

Okinawa Times wrote on Saturday that concerning the U.S. Air Force’s plan to build a corrosion control hangar at Kadena AB in an area close to a civilian residential area, Kadena Mayor Toyama submitted on Friday to Col. Ramos, the commander of the 18th Mission Support Group, a written request calling for the withdrawal of the plan. The mayor reportedly….Read more

  • July 30, 2022
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SECURITY > Okinawa

Police determine object found at private house near Camp Hansen is part of bullet

Saturday’s Okinawa Times wrote that regarding the discovery of a bullet-like object at a private house in the Igei district of the town of Kin on July 7, the Okinawa Prefectural Police announced on Friday that its forensics laboratory has determined that the object is the core of a bullet. The lab said, however, that it is unknown whether the….Read more

  • July 30, 2022
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POLITICS

Seiji Gettan column: JCP must work hard to find the truth about “stray bullet” incident

By Sugimoto Yasushi, editorial writer, political news department   I believe that the Japanese Communist Party (JCP) is a respectable party. I’m not kidding. I came to believe so when I was following a story in Ibaraki Prefecture as a junior reporter 20 some years ago.   I learned about a bribery incident that took place in a town in….Read more

  • July 29, 2022
  • , Sankei , p. 8
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SECURITY > U.S. Bases

Criticism growing in U.S. of Japan’s ruling on traffic accident involving U.S. sailor  

TV Asahi reported online that criticism is mounting in the United States regarding a recent Tokyo High Court ruling upholding a lower court decision that held a Yokosuka-based service member criminally accountable for a fatal traffic accident in Fujinomiya, Shizuoka Prefecture, in March 2021. The family members of Navy Lt. Ridge Hanneman Alkonis are reportedly saying the three-year prison sentence handed….Read more

  • July 29, 2022
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SECURITY > Okinawa

Okinawa daily says U.S. military failed to notify community of plan for hangar at Kadena for three years

Ryukyu Shimpo front-paged a report claiming that it learned from the USFJ’s official website that the U.S. Air Force in Okinawa had decided by April 2019 to build a corrosion control hangar in the “Papa Loop” area at Kadena AB. Pointing out that the U.S. military did not notify the town of Kadena or other relevant parties of the plan….Read more

  • July 26, 2022
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POLITICS > Elections

Shimoji’s participation shakes up Okinawa gubernatorial race

Saturday’s Okinawa Times wrote that although the Okinawa gubernatorial election in Sept. 11 had been expected to be a one-on-one battle between incumbent Tamaki Denny, who is backed by the “All Okinawa” anti-Henoko construction group, and former Ginowan Mayor Sakima Atsushi, who is supported by the LDP, former Lower House member Shimoji Mikio’s July 20 announcement that he will enter….Read more

  • July 23, 2022
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SECURITY > Okinawa

Okinawa governor calls for withdrawal of plan to build corrosion control facility at Kadena

Saturday’s Okinawa Times wrote that concerning the U.S. military’s plan to construct a hangar for aircraft corrosion control in the “Papa Loop” area at Kadena AB, Governor Tamaki said at a news conference on Friday that the U.S. military should withdraw the plan to respect the opinion of local residents who oppose it. The governor was quoted as saying that….Read more

  • July 23, 2022
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SECURITY > U.S. Bases

Ambassador Emanuel visits Misawa AB in Aomori

Kyodo, Jiji, and the online versions of Mainichi and Sankei reported that U.S. Ambassador to Japan Emanuel visited the U.S. military’s Misawa Air Base and the JASDF’s Misawa Base in Aomori on Friday. Tohoku-based Kahoku Shimpo, Too Nippo, Daily Tohoku, Aomori-based broadcaster RAB as well as about 20 other regional newspapers nationwide also carried reports on the Ambassador’s visits to….Read more

SECURITY > Okinawa

Japan relays to U.S. Okinawa’s concern about planned facility at Kadena AB

The two major Okinawa papers reported on the disclosure by Defense Minister Kishi on Tuesday that his ministry has conveyed to the U.S. government the concern held by the Kadena municipal government about a USAF plan to build a rustproof maintenance hangar in the “Papa Loop” area at Kadena AB. “The municipality has filed with the ministry a request for….Read more

  • July 20, 2022
  • , Okinawa Times, Ryukyu Shimpo
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