Jun 30, 2015

Boring survey at Futenma relocation site extended

Defense Minister Gen Nakatani said the government will extend by three months an offshore boring survey now under way at the replacement site for the Futenma military base in Okinawa Prefecture. Landfill work for the new air base in Nago will begin this summer ...

Jun 30, 2015

Okinawa remembers deadly U.S. fighter crash 56 years on

A memorial service was held Tuesday at an elementary school in Uruma, Okinawa Prefecture, to remember the crash of a U.S. jet that killed 18 schoolchildren and other people. The accident occurred at about 10:40 a.m. June 30, 1959, when the F-100 fighter based ...

WWII saw band of brothers fighting on opposing sides

Jun 23, 2015

WWII saw band of brothers fighting on opposing sides

Seventy years ago, during the Battle of Okinawa, two brothers of Japanese descent ended up fighting on opposing sides — the elder as a soldier in the U.S. Army and the younger as a member of Japan’s student corps. Shinei Gima, 90, who now ...