Battle scars: Okinawa and the Vietnam War

Mar 7, 2015

Battle scars: Okinawa and the Vietnam War

by Jon Mitchell

On March 8, 1965, the first U.S. combat troops landed in Da Nang, South Vietnam. Their arrival significantly escalated American intervention in the war which, by its end a decade later, left more than 1 million dead and countless others suffering from the legacy ...

Okinawa's story told differently in Tokyo

| Mar 7, 2015

Okinawa's story told differently in Tokyo

by Philip Brasor

Last week, at the end of a report on the TBS newsmagazine show “Hodo Tokushu” about protests against the proposed U.S. Marine Corps base at Henoko in Okinawa, the show’s host mentioned that in response to charges from local press that it had violently ...

Feb 28, 2015

Two U.S. Marines held for allegedly trespassing in Okinawa

Two U.S. Marines were arrested Saturday for allegedly trespassing the previous day in Okinawa Prefecture, police said. The two suspects, Sgt. Richard Hart and Lance Cpl. Justinkainoa Kealanahele, are suspected of entering the balcony of an apartment in the town of Kin around 10:45 ...

Residents of remote isle back GSDF surveillance deployment

Feb 23, 2015

Residents of remote isle back GSDF surveillance deployment

A referendum Sunday in the Okinawan town of Yonaguni found that most voters support the planned deployment of a Ground Self-Defense Force surveillance unit. The outcome of the vote in the town of around 1,500 is not legally binding, but it supports Mayor Shukichi ...

Okinawa reversion was moved forward to pave way for Sato's successor

Feb 22, 2015

Okinawa reversion was moved forward to pave way for Sato's successor

The timing of the reversion of Okinawa to Japan from U.S. control in 1972 was negotiated by Tokyo and Washington to encourage a smooth transition of power from then-Prime Minister Eisaku Sato to his intended successor, previously classified U.S. documents show. While Washington initially ...

Feb 20, 2015

Okinawa protesters get written orders to remove tents

The central government gave written orders Thursday to protesters of the planned relocation of a U.S. military base in Okinawa to remove their tents from a sidewalk. Until now, the government had given only oral instructions to protesters in front of the U.S. Marine ...

Feb 17, 2015

Okinawa chief orders a halt to base relocation work

Okinawa Gov. Takeshi Onaga on Monday ordered the Defense Ministry’s Okinawa Defense Bureau to suspend work on building a new base for U.S. troops, a move that may further antagonize the central government. Onaga told reporters that coral has been damaged by large concrete ...