Public protest in Japan: Power to the people?

Dec 20, 2014

Public protest in Japan: Power to the people?

by Eric Johnston

“Freedom of assembly and association as well as speech, press and all other forms of expression are guaranteed.” — Article 21, Constitution of Japan “I say, break the law. Let your life be a counter friction to stop the machine.” — Henry David Thoreau, ...

LDP loses heavily in Okinawa

Dec 15, 2014

LDP loses heavily in Okinawa

The ruling Liberal Democratic Party saw all of its four candidates defeated in single-seat constituencies in Okinawa in Sunday’s Lower House election despite overwhelming support for the party elsewhere. The four had supported relocating a U.S. military base within the prefecture, but lost to ...

Dec 12, 2014

Okinawa governor may suspend Henoko landfill work

New Okinawa Gov. Takeshi Onaga said Friday the prefectural government will consider rescinding its approval of landfill work needed to host a contentious U.S. military base. “If there is any defect in it, I will consider scrapping it,” said Onaga, referring to the approval ...

Dec 10, 2014

U.S. military eases restrictions governing off-base drinking in Okinawa

U.S. Forces Japan has eased restrictions governing off-base drinking by military personnel based in Okinawa Prefecture, but they are still restricted from consuming alcohol from midnight to 5 a.m. Following a spate of incidents involving U.S. servicemen, the current policy for military personnel in ...

Dec 7, 2014

U.S. marine suspected in Okinawa hit-and-run

A U.S. Marine is suspected in a hit-and-run incident that seriously injured a 67-year-old man in Okinawa Prefecture last week, according to prefectural government sources. The information was first reported by the U.S. side, which informed the foreign ministry, the sources said Saturday. The ...

Dec 5, 2014

U.S. House clears funds for marine transfer to Guam

The U.S. House of Representatives has passed a key defense bill that includes funding for the transfer of about 4,000 marines from Okinawa to Guam. The bill for the National Defense Authorization Act, which includes an outline of defense budget plans, is expected to ...

Dec 5, 2014

New batch of mineral deposits discovered off Okinawa

Japan Oil, Gas and Metals National Corp. (Jogmec) said Thursday that it has discovered a second batch of large mineral deposits on the seabed northwest of the main island of Okinawa. More than 20 cone-shaped hydrothermal mineral deposits, including copper, zinc, gold and silver, ...