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, ...

Jun 28, 2014

Nakaima might seek third term at helm of Okinawa

Okinawa Gov. Hirokazu Nakaima said Saturday he is considering running for a third term and will make a final decision soon. Nakaima, 74, told local chiefs and assembly members who support another run in the Nov. 16 election that he was pleased to have ...

2,100 join rally against Futenma base relocation

May 19, 2014

2,100 join rally against Futenma base relocation

Over 2,000 people marched around the Futenma base in Ginowan Sunday to protest the government’s plan to move the U.S. Marine Corps air station inside Okinawa Prefecture. Braving heavy rain, participants chanted “We oppose a new base in Henoko” and “Remove the Osprey (aircraft).” ...

In NYC, Nago mayor reiterates opposition to base

May 18, 2014

In NYC, Nago mayor reiterates opposition to base

The mayor of Nago, Okinawa Prefecture, repeated his opposition Saturday in New York to the plan for moving U.S. Marine Corps Air Station Futenma to his town. The plan would move the base northward from densely populated Ginowan to an offshore area in Nago. ...

May 13, 2014

Inamine to lead anti-base group to Washington

by Eric Johnston

Nago Mayor Susumu Inamine will lead a delegation of Okinawa residents and politicians to Washington on Thursday, as tensions rise between the mayor and the central government over the plan to build a U.S. military replacement base in the city’s Henoko district. The central ...