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 ...

Okinawa elects pro-military base mayor Sachio Kuwae

Apr 28, 2014

Okinawa elects pro-military base mayor Sachio Kuwae

A supporter of a plan to relocate a U.S. military base won Sunday’s mayoral election in the city of Okinawa with the backing of the ruling bloc, defeating an anti-base candidate. Sachio Kuwae, 58, a former member of the Okinawa Prefectural Assembly, used support ...

New AWACS unit launched in Naha

Apr 20, 2014

New AWACS unit launched in Naha

A new E-2C early warning patrol plane unit was launched Sunday at an Air Self-Defense Force base in Naha, Okinawa Prefecture, to bolster surveillance amid repeated intrusions by Chinese vessels into Japanese territorial waters. Defense Minister Itsunori Onodera told ASDF members at a ceremony ...

Koza: the carbonized city

Apr 19, 2014

Koza: the carbonized city

by Stephen Mansfield

My first glimpse of Koza was a burned out car on a monochrome print I picked up at a recycle shop in Naha. I would see the image again when I visited the history section of the Okinawa City Hall, where there was a ...

Apr 18, 2014

GSDF to militarize remote Yonaguni

The government is sending 100 Ground Self-Defense Force members and radar to its western-most outpost, a tropical island off Taiwan, in a deployment that risks angering China with ties between Asia’s biggest economies already hurt by a dispute over nearby islets they both claim. ...

Apr 18, 2014

SDF should utilize Shimoji airport

by Masahiro Matsumura

A political professor assserts that Japan's air power would have a better chance of survival against possible Chinese salvos of ballistic and cruise missiles if Shimoji airport in Okinawa Prefecture were transformed into a military or dual-use facility.