May 31, 2015

Okinawa Gov. Onaga to meet with senior U.S. officials

Okinawa Gov. Takeshi Onaga will meet with senior officials from the U.S. State and Defense departments in Washington on Wednesday, federal government sources said. From the Defense Department, Cara Abercrombie, acting deputy assistant secretary for East Asia, is expected speak with Onaga. The department ...

May 31, 2015

Okinawans face hike in auto insurance premiums

Japan’s nonlife insurers plan to raise auto insurance premiums on Okinawa in October, informed sources said. The hikes, expected at around 10 percent, reflect the rise of accidents in the prefecture as both tourism and car ownership grow, sources said. A rise in vehicle ...

Thousands surround Diet to protest Futenma base relocation plan

May 25, 2015

Thousands surround Diet to protest Futenma base relocation plan

Thousands of demonstrators formed a human chain around the Diet on Sunday to protest the plan for building a replacement facility for U.S. Marine Corps Air Station Futenma in Okinawa. The protesters, who organizers said numbered about 15,000, surrounded the building while holding banners ...