Feb 18, 2016

USJ may scrap planned Okinawa theme park

The operator of Universal Studios Japan is considering scrapping plans for a theme park in Okinawa as the figures may not add up, sources said Thursday. U.S. parent company Comcast Corp. has been reluctant to give the green light and USJ Co. is looking ...

Purported satellite launch draws angry reactions nationwide

Feb 7, 2016

Purported satellite launch draws angry reactions nationwide

North Korea’s decision to launch what it claimed was a rocket Sunday despite international calls for restraint has raised tensions with Japan and sparked angry calls from around the nation. Protesters opposed to what was widely viewed as a ballistic missile test gathered at ...

Feb 1, 2016

Okinawa sues Japan again over U.S. base relocation

The Okinawa Prefectural Government on Monday filed a fresh lawsuit against the central government over the planned relocation of the Futenma base. This suit is against a dispute settlement panel’s decision favoring the central government’s effort to continue working on a landfill project to ...

The uplifting tones of Okinawan blues

Jan 30, 2016

The uplifting tones of Okinawan blues


The winter vocabulary of the majority of Japan residents doesn’t include the color turquoise. Or aquamarine, azure or the somewhat intellectually pompous “cerulean.” This, however, is the palette I attempt to describe with my husband as we turn our tiny rental car onto the ...

Jan 26, 2016

What the Ginowan election means

The Abe administration should think again whether the Henoko project will truly serve to reduce Okinawa's U.S. base burden and enhance the stability of the security alliance.