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Kishida made no mention of Futenma relocation in speech, meeting in Okinawa

Asahi reported on Prime Minister Kishida’s remarks delivered during the ceremony yesterday in Okinawa commemorating the end of the Battle of Okinawa 77 years ago, pointing out that he did not mention the FRF construction plan off Camp Schwab. Instead, the premier primarily focused on the administration’s commitment to promoting economic development of the island prefecture. According to the daily,….Read more

SECURITY > Okinawa

U.S., Japan agree to build barracks on Camp Hansen

The two major Okinawa papers highlighted yesterday’s Joint Committee meeting in Tokyo at which the two sides confirmed the start of several construction initiatives related to U.S. force realignment south of Kadena AB. Three 6-story barracks for single noncommissioned officers, a 4-story parking garage, and adjacent roads will be constructed on Camp Hansen while family housing complexes on Camp Foster….Read more

  • June 23, 2022
  • , Okinawa Times, Ryukyu Shimpo
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SECURITY > U.S. Bases

U.S. Forces Japan concludes low military helicopter flights over Tokyo broke no rules

TOKYO — United States Forces Japan (USFJ) has concluded that its helicopters’ low-altitude flights over central Tokyo — flights so low that they are illegal for Japanese aircraft — violate no international or Japanese aviation laws, the Mainichi Shimbun has learned.   In its final investigation report submitted to the Japanese government, U.S. forces stated that it has not confirmed….Read more

  • June 22, 2022
  • , The Mainichi
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POLITICS > Elections

Candidates for Upper House election discuss key election issues

Okinawa Times reported on a discussion held on Monday between Iha Yoichi and Koja Genta, who are expected to run in the July House of Councillors election from the Okinawa election district. Both candidates agreed on the need for reconstructing the local economy, which has been hit hard by the coronavirus pandemic. Incumbent Upper House lawmaker Iha, who is supported….Read more

  • June 21, 2022
  • , Okinawa Times
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SECURITY > Okinawa

U.S. military increasing activities in Okinawa

Yomiuri reported on Tuesday that the U.S. military is intensifying its activities around Okinawa, saying that more than 30 U.S. fighter jets were temporarily deployed at Kadena AB and military drills are frequently held there. Amid the deteriorating security environment following Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, the paper speculated that the U.S. military is trying to enhance its deployment capacity in….Read more

  • June 21, 2022
  • , Yomiuri
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SECURITY > Okinawa

U.S. Marine chopper makes precautionary landing in Okinawa

Jiji Press reported early Sunday morning that a CH-53E transport helicopter of the U.S. Marine Corps made a precautionary landing in a field in Okinawa around 2:45 p.m. on Saturday. The U.S. military reportedly informed the MOD’s Okinawa Defense Bureau of the incident. According to the office of Kunigami village, the helicopter landed near Cape Hedo in the northernmost part….Read more

  • June 19, 2022
  • , Jiji
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SECURITY > Self-Defense Forces

Commanders of U.S., Japanese amphibious forces stress solidarity 

Mainichi and Yomiuri reported on the Pacific Amphibious Leaders Symposium held in Tokyo on June 13-16. The commanders of the amphibious forces of 18 countries, including the United States and Australia, participated in the event. Lt. Gen. Steven R. Rudder, commander of the U.S. Marine Corps Forces Pacific, and GSDF Chief of Staff Gen. Yoshida Yoshihide held a joint news conference….Read more

  • June 17, 2022
  • , Mainichi, Yomiuri
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SECURITY > Okinawa

Defense chief comments on frequent flights by transient jets at Kadena

Regarding the strong opposition expressed by residents around Kadena AB to the frequent use of the installation by transient aircraft recently, Ryukyu Shimpo reported on remarks made to the press on Tuesday by Defense Minister Kishi, who defended the operations by saying that such flights are important to preserve the deterrence of the bilateral alliance. “With the very severe security….Read more

  • June 15, 2022
  • , Okinawa Times, Ryukyu Shimpo
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POLITICS > Elections

Okinawa candidate for Upper House election reiterates opposition to Henoko plan

Ryukyu Shimpo and Okinawa Times reported on Iha Yoichi’s announcement of his campaign platform on Monday. Iha will seek reelection to the House of Councillors from the Okinawa election district. Ryukyu Shimpo wrote that Iha cited three pillars of his platform — the recovery of Okinawa’s economy from the impact of the coronavirus pandemic, opposition to the FRF construction at….Read more

  • June 14, 2022
  • , Okinawa Times, Ryukyu Shimpo
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SECURITY > Okinawa

Okinawa displeased with unannounced Osprey landings

Ryukyu Shimpo and Okinawa Times highlighted a comment made on Tuesday by Okinawa Governor Tamaki regarding the unannounced landing of three MV-22s at Naha Military Port on Monday.  “Naha Military Port is adjacent to Naha Airport, which is located in the middle of the city and used by a large number of commercial aircraft. Operations like this that have never….Read more

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