Dec 6, 2013

Pro-base candidates stay in Nago race

by Eric Johnston

Okinawa Gov. Hirokazu Nakaima continues to call for U.S. Marine Corps Air Station Futenma, in central Okinawa, to be relocated outside the prefecture despite growing pressure to OK a project to fill in coastal areas in the Henoko district of Nago to accommodate the ...

U.S. backs Japan against ADIZ: Biden

Dec 3, 2013

U.S. backs Japan against ADIZ: Biden

by Mizuho Aoki

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe received the assurance of visiting U.S. Vice President Joe Biden Tuesday that Washington stands behind Japan as it responds to China’s recent declaration of an air defense identification zone in the East China Sea that encompasses the Japan-administered Senkaku Islands. ...

Nov 28, 2013

Flip-flop: LDP Okinawa branch backs Nago base

by Eric Johnston

Reversing a campaign pledge, the Okinawa chapter of the Liberal Democratic Party now supports replacing the Futenma base in Ginowan with a new airstrip in Nago, bowing to intensifying pressure from Tokyo, Okinawa-based LDP members and local businesses seeking to profit from constructing the ...

TPP on Biden's agenda during visit next month

Nov 5, 2013

TPP on Biden's agenda during visit next month

U.S. Vice President Joe Biden will travel to Japan, China and South Korea in the first week of December, to discuss the Trans-Pacific Partnership free trade agreement with Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and other top officials, the White House said Monday. Biden, who will ...

Nov 4, 2013

SDF to stage Miyako surface-to-ship missile drill

The Self-Defense Forces will conduct a drill on Okinawa’s Miyako Island using surface-to-ship missiles. The first such SDF drill on the island comes amid China’s increasing muscle-flexing near the Senkaku Islands, which are under the jurisdiction of Okinawa Prefecture. Members of the Ground Self-Defense ...