Koza: the carbonized city

Apr 19, 2014

Koza: the carbonized city

by Stephen Mansfield

My first glimpse of Koza was a burned out car on a monochrome print I picked up at a recycle shop in Naha. I would see the image again when I visited the history section of the Okinawa City Hall, where there was a ...

Apr 18, 2014

GSDF to militarize remote Yonaguni

The government is sending 100 Ground Self-Defense Force members and radar to its western-most outpost, a tropical island off Taiwan, in a deployment that risks angering China with ties between Asia’s biggest economies already hurt by a dispute over nearby islets they both claim. ...

Apr 18, 2014

SDF should utilize Shimoji airport

by Masahiro Matsumura

A political professor assserts that Japan's air power would have a better chance of survival against possible Chinese salvos of ballistic and cruise missiles if Shimoji airport in Okinawa Prefecture were transformed into a military or dual-use facility.

Apr 14, 2014

Ministry seeks Nago's OK to use port for base move

The Defense Ministry is seeking approval from Nago, Okinawa Prefecture, to use a local port to store building materials for the plan to replace U.S. Marine Corps Air Station Futenma in Ginowan, officials said Monday. The ministry’s bureau in Okinawa filed six requests with ...

Apr 11, 2014

Marines won't leave Futenma till new base built: Wissler

The top commander of U.S. military forces stationed in Okinawa on Thursday ruled out the possibility of the Marine Corps leaving a contentious air base before a replacement facility is operational. “The answer is no,” Lt. Gen. John Wissler told an event in Washington ...

Apr 9, 2014

Textbook selection law enacted

A bill to revise the law governing how school textbooks are chosen cleared the Upper House on Wednesday, obliging boards of education to follow decisions by their municipalities’ regional councils over the selection of common textbooks for local schools. The move comes in the ...

War memorials as varied as public's views

| Mar 31, 2014

War memorials as varied as public's views

by Eric Johnston

The controversial Yasukuni Shrine, a source of perennial tension between Japan and its East Asian neighbors, and the Peace Parks of Hiroshima and Nagasaki are well-known in and out of Japan as the country’s representative war memorials, drawing millions of visitors each year. But ...

Mar 23, 2014

Education ministry's heavy hand

Two weeks before school starts, Japan's education minister tells the town of Taketomi, Okinawa Prefecture, that it may not use the junior high school civics textbook it adopted in place of the "conservative" textbook selected by an area-wide council.

Clams touted for 'sea flower garden'

Mar 18, 2014

Clams touted for 'sea flower garden'

The Okinawa Prefectural Sea Farming Center is speeding up aquaculture of “himejako” clams, popular in the prefecture for sushi and sashimi, to attract tourists. The center said the clams, also known by their Latin name of Tridacna crocea, are being planted in nearby coastal ...