Aug 23, 2016

U.S. to deploy F-35 fighters in western Japan next year

The central government has informed the city of Iwakuni, Yamaguchi Prefecture that 16 F-35 fighters will be deployed at the U.S. military base in the first half of next year. It will reportedly be the first overseas deployment of the F-35. High-ranking officials from ...

Aug 8, 2016

Japan's first lady visits anti-base protest in Okinawa

First lady Akie Abe visited the village of Higashi, Okinawa Prefecture, to see a sit-in protest against the construction of U.S. military helipads. Prime Minister Shinzo Abe was reportedly not aware of her visit beforehand. Revealing her visit on her Facebook page Sunday, the ...

Jul 10, 2016

SOFA-related change falls short

Japan should renegotiate the Status of Forces Agreement it has with the U.S. so it can have greater jurisdiction over crimes committed by Americans with U.S. military ties.

Jul 4, 2016

Deal reached on U.S. base worker status in Japan

The Japanese and U.S. governments have agreed to narrow the extent to which American citizens can be granted preferential treatment under the bilateral pact that governs jurisdiction over U.S. military personnel and base workers, according to a draft agreement obtained Monday. The move comes ...