Japan-U.S. nuclear disaster drill held at Yokosuka base

Dec 17, 2014

Japan-U.S. nuclear disaster drill held at Yokosuka base

Japan and the United States held a nuclear contamination exercise at the U.S. Navy Yokosuka base in Kanagawa Prefecture on Wednesday. The drill centered on the scenario of a crew member aboard the nuclear aircraft carrier George Washington being exposed to radiation. About 170 ...

Dec 7, 2014

U.S. marine suspected in Okinawa hit-and-run

A U.S. Marine is suspected in a hit-and-run incident that seriously injured a 67-year-old man in Okinawa Prefecture last week, according to prefectural government sources. The information was first reported by the U.S. side, which informed the foreign ministry, the sources said Saturday. The ...

Dec 5, 2014

U.S. House clears funds for marine transfer to Guam

The U.S. House of Representatives has passed a key defense bill that includes funding for the transfer of about 4,000 marines from Okinawa to Guam. The bill for the National Defense Authorization Act, which includes an outline of defense budget plans, is expected to ...

Nov 17, 2014

Okinawan verdict on base plan

The results of the Okinawa gubernatorial election on Sunday is the clearest rejection to date by local voters of the national government's plan to relocate Air Station Futenma.

Oct 20, 2014

Japan, U.S. agree on new base environment accord

The Japanese and U.S. governments have effectively agreed on a new accord that allows local Japanese officials to enter U.S. military bases to conduct environmental surveys of land expected to be returned to Japanese control.

Sep 9, 2014

Nago's voters send a message

The outcome of Sunday's city assembly election in Nago, Okinawa Prefecture, shows that voters remain strongly opposed to the relocation of U.S. Marine Corp Air Station Futenma to the Henoko area despite economic steps by the Abe administration to buy their support.