May 2010

Japanese, U.S. Seal Okinawa Base Deal


Jacob M. Schlesinger
The Wall Street Journal
May 27, 2010

The Japanese government issued a joint statement with the U.S. formally sealing a controversial agreement to keep a large number of Marines on the southern island of Okinawa, after the Obama administration made some small concessions to help Prime Minister Yukio Hatoyama save face for breaking a campaign promise.

The new pact, issued Thursday night in Washington, places greater emphasis than previous agreements on environmental protection, a major concern of critics of the plan for the military base. It includes a pledge to give Japanese officials greater access to U.S. facilities for ecological surveys, and a promise to consider “ways to introduce renewable energy technology” on the base.

To read the full story in the Wall Street Journal, click here.


For additional information on this issue, please refer to the following reports:

Japan, U.S. Issue Joint Statement on Relocation of Okinawa Base   Xinhua,  May 28, 2010

Japan, U.S. Agree on Okinawa Marine Base Relocation   Businessweek,  May 28, 2010

Japan PM in Deal to Keep US Base on Okinawa   BBC News,  May 28, 2010

Senate Panel and House Vote to Repeal ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’

Julian E. Barnes
Los Angeles Times (Tribune Washington Bureau)
May 28, 2010

A proposal to repeal the ban on gays serving openly in the military passed two critical tests Thursday, with the House of Representatives and an important Senate committee endorsing a compromise to end the divisive “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy.

In a late-night vote in the House, lawmakers endorsed an amendment that would repeal the ban, 234 to 194. In the largely party-line vote, 26 Democrats joined 168 Republicans in opposition. Five Republicans supported the repeal.

To read the full story at the Los Angeles Times, click here.

‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ Repeal Gets Critical 15th Vote In Senate Committee


Mark Memmott
THE two-way (NPR news blog)
May 27, 2010

It looks like those who favor repealing the “don’t ask, don’t tell” law that bars gays from openly serving in the military have the crucial 15th vote they need in the Senate Armed Services Committee.

To follow the story on THE two-way, the NPR news blog, click here.


For additional information on this issue, please refer to the following reports:

INTERVIEW: Rep. Murphy Responds To Critics, Predicts DADT Will Be Repealed ‘Shortly After’ Study   Think Progress: The Wonk Room, May 26, 2010

Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell: How do Other Countries Treat Gay Soldiers?   The Christian Science Monitor, May 26, 2010

About “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell”   Servicemembers Legal Defense Network

Gates Agrees to Proposal to Repeal Gay Ban


The Associated Press
May 25, 2010


For additional information on this issue, please refer to the following reports:

Brown Says No to Repeal of ‘Don’t Ask’   Boston Globe, May 26, 2010

Editorial: ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ Compromise Good, But Not Good Enough  Los Angeles Times, May 26, 2010

Rep. Murphy: Dems Have The Votes For DADT Repeal  TPM, May 25, 2010

The Text of Lieberman’s ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ Repeal  The Washington Independent,  May 25, 2010

White House Green-lights DADT Repeal   The Advocate, May 24, 2010

The Rachel Maddow Show – MSNBC,  May 24, 2010

Hatoyama, Obama to Talk on Futenma Air Base


Vinay Sarawagi and Roshni Menon
May 25, 2010

Japanese Prime Minister Yukio Hatoyama will speak with President Barack Obama over the phone Thursday to discuss relocation of the U.S. Marine Corps’ Futenma Air Station, the Kyodo news agency said.

Hatoyama and Obama’s talks will revolve around relocating the air station, which is in Okinawa Prefecture, to a coastal zone of the Marines’ Camp Schwab, also in the prefecture, the news agency said.

Ahead of the talks, the two governments may release a joint statement centering on agreements to build a replacement facility for the airfield in the Henoko district in Nago and reach a decision on the relocation plan by September, the news agency said it learned from Japan-U.S. diplomatic sources.

To read the full story at the Reuters web page, click here.


For additional information on this issue, please refer to the following reports:

EDITORIAL: Obama to Okinawa: Abandon Hope and Change  Washington Times, May 25, 2010

Okinawa Decision Has Missile Defense Element   Aviation Week,  May 25, 2010

Fukushima’s Okinawa Trip Makes Waves   The Japan Times,  May 25, 2010

Controversy Over U.S. Base in Okinawa


Warren Mass
New American
May 21,2010

The British Guardian newspaper on May 21 quoted from a statement made by Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to reporters in Tokyo that a dispute between the United States and Japan over the future of a U.S. airbase in Okinawa would not affect the countries’ “rock solid” 50-year-old alliance.

“We both seek an arrangement that is operationally viable and politically sustainable,” said Clinton, at the start of a three-nation tour of Asia that will include visits to China and South Korea. “The goal of our governments remains unchanged: we want to maintain the security of Japan and the stability of the region.”

To read the full story at the New American, click here.


For additional information on this issue, please refer to the following reports:

Clinton Kicks Off Asia Tour  PressTV,  May 21,2010

Japan Prime Minister Accepts Relocation Plan  KUAM News, May 21, 2010

US and Japan Strive to Meet Deadline for Okinawa Airbase Decision   The Guardian Weekly, May 21, 2010

Sgt. Maj. Garry Tull Photo: U.S. Army

Despite His Admission, Sgt. Maj. Garry Tull Acquitted in Sex Case 


Nancy Montgomery
Stars and Stripes – European edition
May 21, 2010

A U.S. Army Europe brigade sergeant major who’d admitted sexual contact with a low-ranking soldier in his command was acquitted Thursday of sexual assault, fraternization, maltreatment and adultery.

Sgt. Maj. Garry Tull shouted with joy, hugged his lawyers and began to cry after a court-martial panel comprising three other sergeants major, a lieutenant colonel, a major and a warrant officer acquitted him on all counts.

To read the full story in Stars and Stripes, click here.


For additional information on this issue, please refer to the following reports: 

Sergeant Major in Europe Faces Sexual Assault Trial

Who’s Who: Command Sgt. Maj. Garry Tull   Herald POST,  May 7, 2009

Hillary Clinton Begins Key Week-Long East Asia Visit



BBC News
May 21, 2010

US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has arrived in Japan at the start of a week-long trip to Asia.

Her visit will be dominated by discussions over North Korea after investigators blamed it for the sinking of a South Korean warship.

She will meet the Japanese prime minister to discuss Japan-US ties and the future of the US military base on the island of Okinawa.

To read the full story on the BBC News web site, click here.


For additional information on this issue, please refer to the following reports: 

Q+A – U.S. Airbase row in focus as Clinton visits Japan  Reuters India,  May 21, 2010

Deal on Futenma expected May 28   Asahi Shimbun, May 21, 2010

Deal Seems Near on U.S. Base in Japan  The New York Times, May 20, 2010

IAVA’s Jennifer Hunt Testifies on
“Healing the Wounds: Evaluating Military Sexual Trauma”


On May 20th, IAVA Project Coordinator Jennifer Hunt testified before the House Veterans Affairs Committee at a hearing on “Healing the Wounds: Evaluating Military Sexual Trauma.” IAVA has posted Jennifer’s video testimony along with a downloadable transcript on their site, here.

For more information about IAVA’s work on this issue, click here.  Also check out the IAVA Women Warrior Center, here.

To review the statements of those testifying at the House Veterans Affairs Committee hearing or to view the hearing via a multimedia link on their site,
click here.

Japan’s PM Could Go it Alone on Futenma


David Allen and Chiyomi Sumida
Stars and Stripes
May 20, 2010

Failing to get support from junior members of his ruling coalition for his plan to relocate Marine Corps Air Station Futenma, Prime Minister Yukio Hatoyama may break with the coalition and make his proposal public without their approval.

Chief Cabinet Secretary Hirofumi Hirano said Monday in Tokyo that there may be a way for Hatoyama to keep his pledge to present a relocation plan by his self-imposed May 31 deadline without getting the Social Democratic Party or the People’s New Party to agree.

To read the full story in the Stars and Stripes, click here.

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