Dec 26, 2014

Abe snubs Okinawa's new anti-base governor

In a veiled attempt to put pressure on Okinawa Gov. Takeshi Onaga, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe did not meet the newly elected anti-base leader during his three-day visit to the capital. Onaga, who opposes the government’s push to move a contentious U.S. military base ...

Ospreys fly to Atsugi base again en route to training

Aug 19, 2014

Ospreys fly to Atsugi base again en route to training

Four MV-22 Osprey aircraft flew on Monday to the Atsugi air base, which is jointly used by the U.S. Navy and the Maritime Self-Defense Force, in Kanagawa Prefecture for the third time amid local protests. The tilt-rotor transport aircraft will conduct landing and takeoff ...

Sun-dazed on a distant archipelago

Aug 9, 2014

Sun-dazed on a distant archipelago

by Stephen Mansfield

It didn’t take long for a seasoned group of truck drivers to stake their claim to the best seats in the house or, in this case, ferry. They positioned themselves on tiny plastic seats at the rear of the open deck as the ferry ...

Jetliner buzzes sea after Naha miscue

Apr 29, 2014

Jetliner buzzes sea after Naha miscue

A jetliner dived to a dangerously low altitude of just 248 feet above the ocean during its landing approach to Naha airport in Okinawa Prefecture on Monday after the pilot mistook instructions from air traffic controllers, the transport ministry said. The Airbus A320-200, owned ...

A swim with turtles (maybe)

Sep 14, 2013

A swim with turtles (maybe)

by Christopher Johnson

For snorkelers, there’s perhaps nothing better than hanging out underwater with a hawksbill sea turtle. Safer than sharks, they are graceful and beautiful, ancient and wise. But sightings are rare. Of my hundreds of snorkeling adventures, I’ve only seen turtles, from a distance, in ...