Military policeman's 'hobby' documented 1970 Okinawa rioting

Dec 17, 2011

Military policeman's 'hobby' documented 1970 Okinawa rioting

At 1 a.m. on Dec. 20, 1970, a minor traffic accident involving a drunken American driver and an Okinawan pedestrian in Koza (present-day city of Okinawa) sparked the largest anti-U.S. riot the prefecture had ever seen. Prior to the accident, tensions in the city ...

Agent Orange buried at beach strip?

Nov 30, 2011

Agent Orange buried at beach strip?

Dozens of barrels of the toxic defoliant Agent Orange were buried in the late 1960s beneath what is now a busy neighborhood in the central Okinawa Island town of Chatan, near Araha Beach, according to a former U.S. soldier who has recently pinpointed the ...

Okinawa shutterbug captures varied reactions to Hinomaru

Nov 19, 2011

Okinawa shutterbug captures varied reactions to Hinomaru

Situated alongside a rundown strip club and a tailor’s store that sews screaming eagles onto the backs of military jackets, Gallery Rougheryet in the city of Okinawa might well scare away potential artists — but not Mao Ishikawa. Dressed in a bright red Spiderman ...

Agent Orange revelations raise Futenma stakes

| Oct 18, 2011

Agent Orange revelations raise Futenma stakes

On Sept. 26, Nago City Council became the first municipality on Okinawa to adopt an official resolution calling for the governments of Japan and the United States to conduct an investigation into the spraying and storage of Agent Orange on the island. The councilors’ ...

Okinawa vet blames cancer on defoliant

Aug 24, 2011

Okinawa vet blames cancer on defoliant

When Caethe Goetz was diagnosed with multiple myeloma, a rare form of bone marrow cancer, at age 49 in 2003, both she and her doctor were perplexed. The disease affects only 20,000 Americans a year, typically African-American males in their late 60s. Goetz’s family ...

Japan's unsung role in India's struggle for independence

Aug 14, 2011

Japan's unsung role in India's struggle for independence

Nestled in the upmarket Wada district of Tokyo’s Suginami Ward, Renkoji Temple is a model of gentility. On weekday mornings, pensioners sit and sketch its prayer hall while housewives chat quietly in the shade of its well-tended trees. Given this setting, it would be ...

Agent Orange buried on Okinawa, vet says

Aug 13, 2011

Agent Orange buried on Okinawa, vet says

In the late 1960s, the U.S. military buried dozens of barrels of the toxic defoliant Agent Orange in an area around the town of Chatan on Okinawa Island, an American veteran has told The Japan Times. The former serviceman’s claim comes only days after ...

Disaster brings out best in people, communities

| Aug 2, 2011

Disaster brings out best in people, communities

“The Towering Inferno.” “Deep Impact.” “The Road.” Hollywood’s notion of how communities react to a disaster is unequivocal: People panic, societies collapse and enemies take advantage of the chaos to settle old scores. Had these cinematic assessments of the human character been accurate, then ...

U.S. volunteer group earns tragedy-hit Iwate's respect

Jul 2, 2011

U.S. volunteer group earns tragedy-hit Iwate's respect

Since its formation in the wake of the 2004 Sumatra tsunami, American nonprofit organization All Hands has dispatched more than 6,000 volunteers to the scenes of more than a dozen disasters across the globe. While these teams are accustomed to encountering tough conditions — ...