Sep 9, 2014

Nago's voters send a message

The outcome of Sunday's city assembly election in Nago, Okinawa Prefecture, shows that voters remain strongly opposed to the relocation of U.S. Marine Corp Air Station Futenma to the Henoko area despite economic steps by the Abe administration to buy their support.

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 ...

May 27, 2014

Court rejects Futenma base assessment appeal

The Fukuoka High Court on Tuesday turned down an appeal by local residents who wanted to overturn a lower court ruling that rejected their lawsuit demanding the central government conduct another environmental impact assessment of the Futenma base relocation in Okinawa Prefecture. A three-judge ...

Jan 28, 2014

Base site eyed for medical research

The government said Tuesday it is in talks with the United States about setting up a research facility for new medicines in Okinawa on land to be returned by the U.S. military in line with a base relocation plan. Relevant government offices “have been ...

Feb 19, 2013

Okinawans monitoring noise from Ospreys

People living in the village of Ginoza in Okinawa have started measuring noise levels emanating from the U.S. military’s MV-22 Osprey tilt-rotor aircraft. After collecting data, Ginoza officials will ask the central government to take steps to reduce noise pollution and also ask the ...