Tag Archives: Okinawa

70,000 people protest US army base in Okinawa

Around 70,000 people protested the Japanese government’s plan to relocate a US air base within Okinawa island. Locals say the base will hurt the environment and claim they have sacrificed enough for Japan’s security alliance. The demonstrators gathered at a park in the prefectural capital of Naha on Saturday, in an attempt to urge the central government to abandon their ...

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2 US Marines ordered to pay $240k to family of Okinawa assault victim

Two US Marines have been ordered to pay 26.42 million yen ($ 239,000) compensation to the family of a taxi driver whom the pair brutally attacked on the Japanese island of Okinawa a decade ago. Thursday’s Naha District Court ruling – made in the absence of the two Marines – comes after the family of the now-deceased Munekazu Ura, sought ...

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US military should ‘feel ashamed’ over aircraft incidents – Okinawa governor

The US should be ashamed of its lack of control over its activities in Okinawa, the island’s governor said, referring to a series of incidents involving US military aircraft which has caused serious concern among locals. “I want them [the US military] to feel ashamed of their inability to be in control of what they are doing,” Okinawa governor Takeshi ...

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Hundreds protest US military flights over Okinawa schools after 2 dangerous incidents (PHOTOS)

Published time: 31 Dec, 2017 01:41 The chain of recent incidents involving US military aircraft has prompted Okinawans to stage a protest against the military facility located near their homes, citing safety concerns for their children. Hundreds of residents of the Okinawa Prefecture, Japan, took to the streets Friday to protest US military aircraft flying over local schools, endangering youngsters. ...

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‘US doesn’t acknowledge environmental issues’: Veterans slam US polluting Okinawa

The Japanese island of Okinawa has been dubbed the Pacific junk heap thanks to the Pentagon’s troops. A former US marine once stationed in the area told RT he was shocked by all the trash he saw near American training centers. Michael Hanes, a former US marine, saw for himself the effects of decades of pollution caused by the American ...

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Okinawa schoolboy injured after window falls from US helicopter

Published time: 13 Dec, 2017 05:36 A Japanese schoolboy has reportedly become the latest victim of the much-maligned US military presence in Okinawa. An American helicopter is said to have started falling apart directly above a schoolyard, resulting in injuries to the child. On Wednesday morning, an angular object roughly 3ft (1 meter) across fell onto a sports field packed ...

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US Marine chopper reportedly drops object on Okinawa nursery during flyover

Published time: 7 Dec, 2017 11:23 The staff of a nursery school located 300 meters from a US base in Okinawa has found an object, which apparently fell on the roof from a US helicopter. Some 50 children were playing in the grounds at the time of the flyover. The object was discovered on the roof of the Midorigaoka nursery ...

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F-35 fail: US fighter jet loses panel during 'routine training mission' in Okinawa

The US Air Force has encountered yet another issue with its aircraft in Okinawa, after an F-35 jet lost a panel during a “routine training mission.” It comes just months after several US aircraft were forced to make emergency landings on the same day. The F-35A Lightning II lost a two-foot-wide (0.6-meter) panel during the routine mission last week, the ...

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Okinawa governor demands US military presence pact amendments for the sake of 'shocked' locals

Published time: 4 Dec, 2017 03:31 The governor of Okinawa is urging Tokyo to amend the pact on the status of the US troops in Japan to combat the “significant anxiety” the locals are enduring because of the rowdy Americans’ presence. The governor of the southern prefecture, Takeshi Onaga, demanded that the central government makes “drastic” and “fundamental” changes in ...

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Retired US Marine sentenced to life in Japan for rape-murder of Okinawa woman

Published time: 1 Dec, 2017 09:42 A former US Marine has been sentenced to life in prison by a Japanese court. The 33-year-old, who was a civilian worker at a US base in Okinawa, raped and murdered a 20-year-old Japanese woman last year. Kenneth Franklin Shinzato pled guilty before the Naha District Court to the sex crime, but rejected the ...

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