Oct 31, 2014

Awaiting Okinawans' verdict

As the campaign kicks off for the Nov. 16 Okinawa gubernatorial election, the Abe administration maintains that it will go ahead with land reclamation off the Henoko district of Nago to build a replacement facility for U.S. Marine Corps Air Station Futenma, regardless of ...

Oct 26, 2014

Relaxing of visa requirements for tourists to Okinawa to be studied

The government decided Sunday to consider relaxing visa requirements for tourists visiting Okinawa to attract foreign tourists, officials said. In a meeting to discuss ways to ease regulations in Okinawa as one of the country’s “strategic special zones,” the government decided to proceed with ...

Japan to offer base in Chiba as U.S. Osprey maintenance depot

Oct 22, 2014

Japan to offer base in Chiba as U.S. Osprey maintenance depot

The Defense Ministry said Tuesday it will propose that the U.S. Marine Corps service its MV-22 Osprey aircraft at a Ground Self-Defense Force camp in Kisarazu, Chiba Prefecture. The gesture is seen as an attempt to ease the U.S. military burden on Okinawa Prefecture, ...

Oct 20, 2014

Japan, U.S. agree on new base environment accord

The Japanese and U.S. governments have effectively agreed on a new accord that allows local Japanese officials to enter U.S. military bases to conduct environmental surveys of land expected to be returned to Japanese control.

Dozen hurt as strong typhoon bears down on Okinawa

Oct 12, 2014

Dozen hurt as strong typhoon bears down on Okinawa

A powerful typhoon poured heavy rains over the island of Okinawa and was taking aim at Kyushu on Sunday, becoming the second severe storm to hit in a week. At least 35 people have been reported injured in Okinawa and Kyushu, where authorities told ...

Typhoon leaves U.S. airman dead, two missing in Okinawa

Oct 6, 2014

Typhoon leaves U.S. airman dead, two missing in Okinawa

A powerful typhoon was heading toward Tokyo late Sunday after lashing southern Japan, where it killed at least one U.S. airman on Okinawa Island and left two others missing, officials said. Typhoon Phanfone was off the coast of Shikoku in southwestern Japan on Sunday ...

Oct 1, 2014

Four more utilities stop signing contracts for purchasing renewable energy

Four more regional utilities said Tuesday they will stop signing contracts to buy renewable energy from mega solar power plants and other suppliers, citing transmission network capacity limitations. The move by the regional utilities serving Shikoku, Hokkaido, Tohoku and Okinawa follows Kyushu Electric Power ...