UTS III – March 10, 2013

WUB Hawaii is proud to co-sponsor Uchinanchu Talk Story III with Akisamiyo-! (University of Hawaii Uchinanchu student association) and the East-West Center.  This page was created to provide information and links to the symposium.



Hawaii Gov. Neil Abercrombie with John Tasato, Kenta Hanashiro, and Bob Nakasone.

Hawaii Gov. Neil Abercrombie with John Tasato, Kenta Hanashiro, and Bob Nakasone.


Hawaii’s governor, Neil Abercrombie, proposes relocating US forces from Okinawa to Hawaii at East-West Center symposium: Uchinanchu Talk Story III, March 10, 2013.


Hawaii Governor Neil Abercrombie proposes moving US military forces from Okinawa to Hawaii.
Hawaii Governor Neil Abercrombie.

To hear Gov. Abercrombie’s speech visit here:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WVE_cF7JE6Y


Keynote speaker, Lt. General Wallace Gregson Ret., former commander, US Marine Forces Pacific, explains how Okinawa’s geography has shaped its history and present day situation.  The speech was given at the East-West Center symposium, Uchinanchu Talk Story III, March 10, 2013.

Gen. Wallace "Chip" Gregson delivering his speech on 10 March 2013.
Lt. Gen. Wallace “Chip” Gregson (Ret.).

To hear Gen. Gregson’s speech visit here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n_9VjXP9yUs

Afternoon Panel Presentations  

Afternoon Q & A Session
UTS III — Afternoon Q & A Session; L to R: Kotani, Iju, and Newsham.

The afternoon session for UTS III consisted of presentations given by the five panelists:

  • Mr. Naoya Iju   presentation
    Director, Regional Security Policy Division, Executive Office of the
    Governor of Okinawa;
  • Colonel Grant Newsham (USMCR)  presentation
    Colonel United States Marines Corps, June 1984– Present
    Executive Director, Morgan Stanley Japan, 2000– 2012;
  • Prof. Tetsumi Takara  presentation
    Constitutional Law Professor, University of the Ryukyus
    Former Dean of Law School;
  • Mr. Tomohiro Yara  presentation
    Journalist, EWC Obuchi Fellow
    Former Okinawa Times Reporter-Editor; and
  • Mr. Tetsuo Kotani  presentation
    Research fellow, Japan Institute of International Affairs
    Senior research fellow, Research Institute for Peace and Security, Tokyo.

Question & Answer Session by panelists  presentation

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