Jun 11, 2014

Kennedy to visit Okinawa, mark WWII

U.S. Ambassador to Japan Caroline Kennedy will attend a memorial ceremony in Okinawa Prefecture on June 23 to commemorate the victims of the Battle of Okinawa in 1945, diplomatic sources said on Tuesday. It will be the second visit to Okinawa by Kennedy, who ...

May 23, 2014

Futenma relocation assailed by activists

About 70 environmental conservation groups have issued a statement seeking cancellation of the long-delayed plan to move the U.S. Futenma air base elsewhere in Okinawa Prefecture. The organizations said they plan to send the statement, issued on Thursday, the International Day for Biological Diversity, ...

May 21, 2014

Okinawa town wins battle over conservative text

Okinawa Prefecture’s board of education on Wednesday allowed a local school board to shun a conservative textbook selected by the regional textbook adoption council. The Taketomi board of education had earlier refused to accept the junior high school social studies textbook that it said ...

2,100 join rally against Futenma base relocation

May 19, 2014

2,100 join rally against Futenma base relocation

Over 2,000 people marched around the Futenma base in Ginowan Sunday to protest the government’s plan to move the U.S. Marine Corps air station inside Okinawa Prefecture. Braving heavy rain, participants chanted “We oppose a new base in Henoko” and “Remove the Osprey (aircraft).” ...

In NYC, Nago mayor reiterates opposition to base

May 18, 2014

In NYC, Nago mayor reiterates opposition to base

The mayor of Nago, Okinawa Prefecture, repeated his opposition Saturday in New York to the plan for moving U.S. Marine Corps Air Station Futenma to his town. The plan would move the base northward from densely populated Ginowan to an offshore area in Nago. ...

Rare photos of late 1800s Okinawa discovered

May 14, 2014

Rare photos of late 1800s Okinawa discovered

by Toshiki Makino

A collector of old photos in Tokyo has discovered among his collections 29 pictures that experts say provide “extremely important” information about life in Okinawa during the late 1800s when the Meiji government abolished the Ryukyu Kingdom and seized control of its territory as ...

May 13, 2014

Inamine to lead anti-base group to Washington

by Eric Johnston

Nago Mayor Susumu Inamine will lead a delegation of Okinawa residents and politicians to Washington on Thursday, as tensions rise between the mayor and the central government over the plan to build a U.S. military replacement base in the city’s Henoko district. The central ...

May 13, 2014

U.S. base worker held on Okinawa sex charges

Amid a no-tolerance policy for misconduct on U.S. military bases in Japan, prosecutors on Monday indicted a military employee in Japan for allegedly having sex with a drunken underage girl. Ricky Isiah Sherwood, 18, a part-time lifeguard and nephew of a serviceman, was arrested ...

May 10, 2014

Base shift may start in fall, not spring

Japan might move up the start date for building the replacement facility for U.S. Marine Corps Air Station Futenma in Okinawa to this fall instead of next spring, an official said Saturday. By advancing the date, which could allow work to begin before a ...