Sep 11, 2015

Discouraging end to Henoko talks

The lack of progress in talks between the national government and the Okinawan government over the Futenma relocation plan was unsurprising, given the Abe administration's unwillingness to pay heed to anti-base sentiment in Okinawa.

Sep 7, 2015

'Intensive' Futenma talks fail to break impasse

The central government and Okinawa failed to reach a compromise Monday over the planned relocation of the Futenma military base within the prefecture after their monthlong “intensive consultation” to defuse tensions over the issue fell apart. Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga conveyed to Okinawa ...

Okinawa launches coral survey at Futenma replacement site

Aug 31, 2015

Okinawa launches coral survey at Futenma replacement site

The Okinawa Prefectural Government began an underwater survey Monday to check the condition of coral reefs off the planned replacement site for the U.S. Futenma military base, which could result in revoking permission for drilling work if damage is confirmed. The prefectural government had ...

Okinawa: always worth returning to

Aug 29, 2015

Okinawa: always worth returning to


The island of Okinawa shimmers beneath the wing of our plane, a dark green smudge on the azure seascape. I can’t see it well, ensconced as I am in the aisle seat, already subconsciously distancing myself from this visit. But my daughter, on the ...