Jul 7, 2014

LDP's Okinawa chapter to back governor if he seeks third term

The Liberal Democratic Party’s Okinawa chapter affirmed its intention Monday to field incumbent Hirokazu Nakaima in November’s gubernatorial election in defiance of the party leadership, the chapter leader said. Nakaima, who decided last December to allow landfill work necessary for relocating U.S. Marine Corps ...

Jun 28, 2014

Nakaima might seek third term at helm of Okinawa

Okinawa Gov. Hirokazu Nakaima said Saturday he is considering running for a third term and will make a final decision soon. Nakaima, 74, told local chiefs and assembly members who support another run in the Nov. 16 election that he was pleased to have ...

Emperor, Empress pay respects to Tsushima Maru victims in Naha

Jun 27, 2014

Emperor, Empress pay respects to Tsushima Maru victims in Naha

Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko on Friday visited a cenotaph and museum in Naha, Okinawa, commemorating the 1,482 people who died when an American submarine torpedoed a Japanese passenger ship during World War II. Half the victims were school children. The Imperial couple placed ...

Kokusai Dori: Getting bitten by Okinawan Culture

Jun 21, 2014

Kokusai Dori: Getting bitten by Okinawan Culture

by Hillel Wright

Kokusai Dori is the name of a 2 km stretch of shops, hotels, bars and restaurants which cuts through the heart of downtown Naha, the largest city in Okinawa. The street’s name in English is International Road, supposedly named after the Ernie Pyle’s now-closed ...

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, ...