Sep 12, 2015

Futenma base relocation work resumes in Okinawa

The central government resumed work for relocating U.S. Marine Corps Air Station Futenma in Okinawa on Saturday morning following a one-month suspension caused by a coral survey. The Okinawa Prefectural Government’s survey, which ended on Friday, was intended to examine coral damage off the ...

Sep 11, 2015

Discouraging end to Henoko talks

The lack of progress in talks between the national government and the Okinawan government over the Futenma relocation plan was unsurprising, given the Abe administration's unwillingness to pay heed to anti-base sentiment in Okinawa.

Sep 7, 2015

'Intensive' Futenma talks fail to break impasse

The central government and Okinawa failed to reach a compromise Monday over the planned relocation of the Futenma military base within the prefecture after their monthlong “intensive consultation” to defuse tensions over the issue fell apart. Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga conveyed to Okinawa ...