Jul 27, 2015

Jiji Press disciplines reporter over Okinawa remarks

The Jiji Press news agency decided Monday to take disciplinary measures for employees over inappropriate remarks made by one of its reporters in connection with the Futenma base relocation plan in Okinawa Prefecture. The company decided to suspend the unnamed 47-year-old male employee, who ...

Jun 30, 2015

Boring survey at Futenma relocation site extended

Defense Minister Gen Nakatani said the government will extend by three months an offshore boring survey now under way at the replacement site for the Futenma military base in Okinawa Prefecture. Landfill work for the new air base in Nago will begin this summer ...

Jun 28, 2015

Defense Ministry might take Okinawa to court

The Defense Ministry might take Okinawa Gov. Takeshi Onaga to court if he nullifies the government’s approval of reclamation work for a U.S. replacement base in the prefecture, a senior ministry official said. A third-party committee set up by Onaga, who took office last ...

Jun 7, 2015

Abe should heed Onaga's words

To avoid an all-out confrontation with Okinawa, the Abe administration needs to search in earnest for an alternative plan to building a new U.S. Marine base in Henoko.