Jul 19, 2014

Nakaima wants third term at Okinawa's helm

Okinawa Gov. Hirokazu Nakaima plans to seek a third four-year term in the Nov. 16 gubernatorial election, with the main focus expected to be on efforts to move a contentious U.S. air base in the prefecture. “If I’m allowed to do it once more, ...

City in Okinawa mulls environmental research on Senkakus from air

Jul 15, 2014

City in Okinawa mulls environmental research on Senkakus from air

The city of Ishigaki, Okinawa Prefecture, which has jurisdiction over the Senkaku Islands, is considering conducting environmental research this summer on the disputed islets from the air using a chartered aircraft, sources said Monday. The research to study the environment and ecosystem of the ...

Photographer exhibits Vietnam War photos

Jul 15, 2014

Photographer exhibits Vietnam War photos

by Toshiki Makino

Photographer Bunyo Ishikawa, who documented the Vietnam War and its aftermath over several decades, has been marking the 50th anniversary of his first trip to that country with a special exhibition. Bunyo Ishikawa, 76, showed some 50 photos at an exhibition Titled “Senso to ...

Typhoon Neoguri heads for Kyushu, death toll hits four

Jul 9, 2014

Typhoon Neoguri heads for Kyushu, death toll hits four

Extreme winds and torrential rains battered the Okinawan islands and other parts of Japan on Wednesday, leaving at least four dead and threatening widespread flooding as typhoon Neoguri headed for Kyushu. The effects of the powerful storm were widespread, and included a mudslide in ...

Jul 9, 2014

Powerful typhoon passes over Okinawa, disrupting transportation

A powerful typhoon passed over Okinawa Prefecture on Tuesday, forcing the cancellation of all flights and ferry services in the area. Typhoon Neoguri, the season’s eighth typhoon, is now forecast to head northward over the East China Sea, approaching the main island of Kyushu ...

Neoguri roars across Okinawa

Jul 8, 2014

Neoguri roars across Okinawa

One man died, more than 500,000 people were urged to evacuate and hundreds of flights were canceled as a strong typhoon brought torrential rain and high winds to Okinawa and could bring heavy rains to Tokyo later this week. Typhoon Neoguri weakened from its ...