Thousands march on Henoko base site

Aug 23, 2014

Thousands march on Henoko base site

by Jon Mitchell

More than 3,500 demonstrators marched to U.S. Marine Corps Camp Schwab in Nago, Okinawa Prefecture, on Saturday in the largest show of anger to date against the new American base being built off Henoko Bay to replace Marine Corps Air Station Futenma in crowded ...

Aug 21, 2014

Seabed drilling off Henoko

The Abe administration's approval of the start of seabed drilling off Henoko, Okinawa, shows that it is not much concerned with winning the support of Okinawans as it pushes for construction of a new facility to replace U.S. Marine Air Station Futenma.

Drilling survey begins for Futenma relocation project

Aug 18, 2014

Drilling survey begins for Futenma relocation project

The Defense Ministry on Monday started drilling in waters off Nago, Okinawa Prefecture, where a new airstrip for the facility intended to replace U.S. Marine Corps Air Station Futenma will be built, a senior ministry official said. The drilling survey will cover 16 sites ...

Endangered dugong spotted just east of Henoko site

Aug 18, 2014

Endangered dugong spotted just east of Henoko site

A dugong, a rare marine mammal that inhabits waters around Okinawa, was spotted about 5 km east of Henoko on Sunday, the same day as seabed surveys started before landfill operations begin at the relocation site for the U.S. Marine Corps’ Air Station Futenma. ...

Aug 15, 2014

Okinawa boaters pester defense workers at new base site

The Japan Coast Guard shooed away protesters Friday as the Okinawa Defense Bureau tried to install buoys and floats off Nago’s Henoko district to protect the site expected to host the replacement facility for a contentious U.S. Marine base in Ginowan. Activists sailed out ...

Jul 19, 2014

Nakaima wants third term at Okinawa's helm

Okinawa Gov. Hirokazu Nakaima plans to seek a third four-year term in the Nov. 16 gubernatorial election, with the main focus expected to be on efforts to move a contentious U.S. air base in the prefecture. “If I’m allowed to do it once more, ...