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Liaison group of municipalities near Yokota base makes requests for friendship festival

(Asahi: September 1, 2015 – p. 29)    Prior to the annual “Japanese-American friendship festival” to take place at the U.S. military’s Yokota Air Base on Sept. 19-20, the metropolitan government and the liaison group on base issues of six municipalities near Yokota Air Base called on the U.S. military and the Defense Ministry on Aug. 31 to take every….Read more

  • 2015-09-01 15:00:00
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Okinawa governor to raise Futenma relocation issue at UN Human Rights Council

(Tokyo Shimbun: September 1, 2015 – p. 3)    Okinawa Governor Takeshi Onaga will attend a meeting of the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva, Switzerland, in late September, where he will raise the issue of the relocation of the Futenma Air Station (in Ginowan City) to Henoko, Nago City, as a question of “a violation human rights.” This is….Read more

  • 2015-09-01 15:00:00
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Government unable to chart course for suspending Futenma operation

(Tokyo Shimbun: August 18, 2015 – p. 2)    By Masato Nakane    In a meeting with Defense Minister Gen Nakatani held on August 16 at the Okinawa Prefectural Government Office, Okinawa Governor Takeshi Onaga called for the national and prefectural governments to jointly draw up a roadmap for realizing the suspension of operation of the U.S. Marine Corps Air….Read more

  • 2015-08-18 15:00:00
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Residents file final appeal of ruling in Atsugi Base noise lawsuit

(Sankei: August 12, 2015 – p. 21)    The plaintiffs filed on August 11 a final appeal of the Tokyo High Court’s ruling in the fourth noise lawsuit in which residents around the Atsugi Base (in the cities of Yamato and Ayase in Kanagawa Prefecture) demanded flight suspension in the nighttime and early morning hours as well as compensation for….Read more

  • 2015-08-12 15:00:00
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Editorial: Atsugi noise lawsuit – U.S. aircraft flights should be restricted

(Tokyo Shimbun: July 31, 2015 – p. 5)    The Tokyo High Court upheld a lower court ruling to cease late-night flights by Self-Defense Forces (SDF) aircraft at the Atsugi Air Base (Kanagawa Prefecture). The noise damage caused by the Atsugi base is more serious than can be imagined. Since the noise pollution mainly comes from U.S. planes, the government….Read more

  • 2015-07-31 15:00:00
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Gist of ruling on appeal for Atsugi noise suit

(Mainichi: July 31, 2015 – p. 6)    The following is the gist of the ruling on the appeal for the fourth Atsugi Base noise suit handed down on July 30 by the Tokyo High Court:    Administrative Litigation     · Request for injunction for suspending flights by Self-Defense Forces (SDF)    The plaintiffs live in an area for….Read more

  • 2015-07-31 15:00:00
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Rent for USFJ military land differs varies with political stance

(Mainichi: July 2, 2015 – Top Play)    It was disclosed that the rent for USFJ military land paid by the government to Nago City in Okinawa Prefecture was set at a lower rate during reformist mayors’ tenure and was raised during the tenure of conservative mayors who support the U.S. military presence. Especially after 1996 when the government presented….Read more

  • 2015-07-02 15:00:00
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SDF hopes to take over Henoko base in the future; Okinawa, USG want to keep Futenma base

(Sentaku: July 2015 – pp. 100-101)    Despite the worsening conflict between the Abe administration and Okinawa Governor Takeshi Onaga over the relocation of the Futenma Air Station to Henoko, Nago City on the surface, the real motives of the parties involved are not actually what they appear to be.    The Self-Defense Forces (SDF) envisions using the new Henoko….Read more

  • 2015-07-02 15:00:00
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Communist protests Misawa Global Hawk

(Akahata: June 21, 2015 – p.5)    Japan Communist Party Aomori Prefectural Committee (Chairman Takayuki Hatanaka) and Kamitosan Regional Committee (Chairman Toshimitsu Ichikawa) filed on June 18 a written protest with Colonel Timothy Sundvall, the Misawa Air Base Commander, and the Misawa Defense Office, calling for the cancellation of Global Hawk deployment to Misawa Base and moves to strengthen the….Read more

  • 2015-06-23 15:00:00
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Hiroshima residents call for cancellation of aircraft transfer from Atsugi to Iwakuni

(Akahata: June 21, 2015 – p.5)    The Hiroshima Prefectural Western Residents Society (Representative Moyuru Shibata), which opposes the expansion and buildup of the U.S. Marine Corps Iwakuni Base, filed on June 17 with the Chugoku-Shikoku Defense Bureau in Hiroshima City a request calling for the cancellation of low-altitude flights by U.S. military airplanes. The request is addressed to the….Read more

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