Abe to mull SDF dispatch to South China Sea

Nov 20, 2015

Abe to mull SDF dispatch to South China Sea

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe told U.S. President Barack Obama on Thursday that he will consider dispatching the Self-Defense Forces to the South China Sea while examining the impact of the situation there on Japan’s security, a Japanese official said, as the two allies seek ...

Nov 18, 2015

Court battle over Henoko

The court battle the central government has launched against the Okinawa Prefectural government over the project to relocate Air Station Futenma could further complicate the standoff.

Nov 18, 2015

Okinawa's base conundrum


The Okinawa base issue goes beyond the tangible impact of the U.S. military bases. More than anything, it's the attitude of the Japanese central government toward the issue that irks Okinawans.

Nov 6, 2015

Okinawa snubs response over landfill approval revocation

Okinawa Gov. Takeshi Onaga on Friday snubbed a central government recommendation that his local government retract its revocation of a landfill work approval to relocate a U.S. military air base within the island prefecture. The recommendation from land minister Keiichi Ishii was made as ...

Oct 29, 2015

Saga Prefecture to allow survey for proposed SDF Osprey deployment

Saga Gov. Yoshinori Yamaguchi said Thursday he will allow the central government to conduct surveys needed for the proposed deployment of Osprey tilt-rotor aircraft at a local airport in the prefecture. Yamaguchi expressed his intention during talks with Defense Minister Gen Nakatani, who sought ...