Jan 27, 2015

Panel to check former governor's OK of Futenma transfer

In a bid to block the planned relocation of the Futenma military base within Okinawa, the prefectural government has created a panel to examine the last governor’s approval of the offshore landfill project for the new site. The six-member panel, including lawyers and environmental ...

Thousands protest in Tokyo against Futenma move

Jan 25, 2015

Thousands protest in Tokyo against Futenma move

by Finbar O'Mallon

Thousands of people gathered Sunday outside the Diet to protest the plan to move U.S. Marine Corps Air Station Futenma to the Henoko district in Okinawa from the city of Ginowan. Various speakers addressed what they described as the harmful presence of U.S. forces ...

Jan 13, 2015

Strong-arming Okinawa's governor

A reported Abe administration plan to sharply trim spending on measures to spur Okinawa's economy in fiscal 2015 smacks of an attempt to coerce Okinawa's new governor into ending his resistance to construction of a new U.S. military facility in the prefecture.

Dec 25, 2014

Nye suggests rotating U.S. forces in Japan around SDF bases

U.S. military units should rotate around and jointly use Self-Defense Forces bases across Japan to reduce the conventional emphasis on multiple fixed American bases across the country, says Joseph Nye, a former U.S. assistant secretary of defense. “We should place less emphasis on having ...