Aug 23, 2016

Okinawa media union protests forcible removal of reporters

A group of labor unions for media in Okinawa Prefecture issued a statement of protest after two local newspaper reporters were forcibly removed by riot police while covering protests last week near a helipad construction site in a U.S. military training area. The act ...

Ceremony marks 72nd anniversary of torpedoed ship

Aug 22, 2016

Ceremony marks 72nd anniversary of torpedoed ship

A memorial service was held Monday to mark the 72nd anniversary of the sinking of the Tsushima Maru, in which more than 1,400 people, mainly schoolchildren, were killed after the ship was torpedoed by a U.S. submarine during World War II. During the ceremony ...

Aug 15, 2016

Henoko row back in court

The Abe administration should realize that a court battle won't bring about a positive resolution to the Okinawa base dispute.

Okinawa's snakeskin banjo stands test of time

Aug 9, 2016

Okinawa's snakeskin banjo stands test of time


Enormous python skins hang from a wire inside the sweltering workshop where Seibun Nakamine sculpts a piece of Okinawa’s musical identity. They are essential for the wiry 69-year-old craftsman who has spent nearly half a century making the three-stringed sanshin. The snakeskin-covered instrument, similar ...

Aug 8, 2016

Japan's first lady visits anti-base protest in Okinawa

First lady Akie Abe visited the village of Higashi, Okinawa Prefecture, to see a sit-in protest against the construction of U.S. military helipads. Prime Minister Shinzo Abe was reportedly not aware of her visit beforehand. Revealing her visit on her Facebook page Sunday, the ...