Oct 30, 2016

U.S. sailor in Okinawa arrested over alleged assault

The Okinawa Prefectural police arrested a U.S. seaman Sunday on suspicion of assaulting a man on a street in the town of Chatan. Navy Petty Officer 3rd Class Charles Wayne Lebaron, 22, is suspected of pushing the 21-year-old man to the ground and choking ...

Welcome home, Okinawa

Oct 22, 2016

Welcome home, Okinawa

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Under the slogan “Let the whole world move to the Uchina beat,” Okinawa will host the prefecture’s largest international event, the sixth Worldwide Uchinanchu Festival from Thursday, Oct. 27, to Sunday, Oct. 30. (Uchina means Okinawa in the island’s language, while Uchinanchu means an ...

Police officer dispatched from Osaka insults protesters in Okinawa

Oct 19, 2016

Police officer dispatched from Osaka insults protesters in Okinawa

A riot police officer dispatched from Osaka to help local police respond to anti-base protests in Okinawa Prefecture hurled an ethnic slur at protesters, calling them dojin, meaning aboriginal, police officials said Wednesday. The incident came amid intensifying confrontations between riot police and local ...

Oct 19, 2016

December return to Japan eyed for U.S. military site in Okinawa

The Defense Ministry on Tuesday presented to the Okinawa Prefectural Government a draft plan stipulating the return in December of part of the U.S. Marine Corps Camp Gonsalves training area in the prefecture. The step was taken by the ministry’s Okinawa Defense Bureau based ...

Japan, U.S. to cooperate on return of military land in Okinawa

Oct 12, 2016

Japan, U.S. to cooperate on return of military land in Okinawa

Defense Minister Tomomi Inada and Gen. Robert Neller, commandant of the U.S. Marine Corps, agreed Wednesday to cooperate over the return of roughly half of a large U.S. military training area in Okinawa Prefecture, Defense Ministry officials said. The Japanese government seeks the return ...