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 ...

Public protest in Japan: Power to the people?

Dec 20, 2014

Public protest in Japan: Power to the people?

by Eric Johnston

“Freedom of assembly and association as well as speech, press and all other forms of expression are guaranteed.” — Article 21, Constitution of Japan “I say, break the law. Let your life be a counter friction to stop the machine.” — Henry David Thoreau, ...

LDP loses heavily in Okinawa

Dec 15, 2014

LDP loses heavily in Okinawa

The ruling Liberal Democratic Party saw all of its four candidates defeated in single-seat constituencies in Okinawa in Sunday’s Lower House election despite overwhelming support for the party elsewhere. The four had supported relocating a U.S. military base within the prefecture, but lost to ...

Dec 12, 2014

Okinawa governor may suspend Henoko landfill work

New Okinawa Gov. Takeshi Onaga said Friday the prefectural government will consider rescinding its approval of landfill work needed to host a contentious U.S. military base. “If there is any defect in it, I will consider scrapping it,” said Onaga, referring to the approval ...

Dec 10, 2014

U.S. military eases restrictions governing off-base drinking in Okinawa

U.S. Forces Japan has eased restrictions governing off-base drinking by military personnel based in Okinawa Prefecture, but they are still restricted from consuming alcohol from midnight to 5 a.m. Following a spate of incidents involving U.S. servicemen, the current policy for military personnel in ...