Sep 20, 2015

Onaga's challenge on Henoko

Okinawa Gov. Takeshi Onaga might lose the legal battle that's likely coming over his revocation of landfill approval for the Futenma replacement base, but Tokyo would be wise to consider the public sentiment behind his move.

Sep 11, 2015

Discouraging end to Henoko talks

The lack of progress in talks between the national government and the Okinawan government over the Futenma relocation plan was unsurprising, given the Abe administration's unwillingness to pay heed to anti-base sentiment in Okinawa.

Okinawa launches coral survey at Futenma replacement site

Aug 31, 2015

Okinawa launches coral survey at Futenma replacement site

The Okinawa Prefectural Government began an underwater survey Monday to check the condition of coral reefs off the planned replacement site for the U.S. Futenma military base, which could result in revoking permission for drilling work if damage is confirmed. The prefectural government had ...

Aug 14, 2015

Okinawa hiatus must be productive

While work for the Futenma base replacement in Okinawa is suspended for a month, the Abe administration should not use the occasion as a mere political gesture and instead should listen sincerely to what Gov. Takeshi Onaga has to say.