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.

Japanese-American admiral named next Pacific Command chief

Sep 23, 2014

Japanese-American admiral named next Pacific Command chief

President Barack Obama has nominated a Japanese-American admiral as the next head of the Pacific Command, the Defense Department said. If confirmed by Congress, Adm. Harry Harris, currently commander of the Pacific Fleet, will succeed Adm. Samuel Locklear as chief of all operations involving ...

Abe faces roadblock this fall

| Aug 31, 2014

Abe faces roadblock this fall

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe appears to be approaching a roadblock this fall in the form of defeat in the Okinawa gubernatorial election, possible chaos over the relocation of Futenma air station and mounting sentiment throughout Japan against U.S. military bases.

Aug 29, 2014

Okinawa approves rock drilling to relocate U.S. base

The Okinawa Prefectural Government has approved the start of rock drilling off Henoko, part of land reclamation work on a replacement facility for a key U.S. military base in the prefecture. The Defense Ministry can now legally dig out rocks and other sediment from ...