Fears widen over Kadena toxins

Feb 1, 2014

Fears widen over Kadena toxins

by Jon Mitchell

Just days after the commander of U.S. Kadena Air Base, near the city of Okinawa, promised parents their children’s schools were safe from dioxin contamination, a further 50 chemical barrels have been unearthed from adjacent land and a retired U.S. Air Force major has ...

Jan 28, 2014

Base site eyed for medical research

The government said Tuesday it is in talks with the United States about setting up a research facility for new medicines in Okinawa on land to be returned by the U.S. military in line with a base relocation plan. Relevant government offices “have been ...

Olympics a mixed bag for Okinawans

Jan 28, 2014

Olympics a mixed bag for Okinawans

by Takeshi Ozawa

When Tokyo won the bid last Sept. 7 to host the 2020 Summer Olympics, it was a mixed blessing to people in Okinawa, especially seniors. On the same day 50 years earlier, the Olympic torch arrived in Okinawa ahead of the 1964 Tokyo Summer ...

Exploring the realm of Lewchew

Jan 18, 2014

Exploring the realm of Lewchew

by Stephen Mansfield

When I told the Japanese woman with whom I’d struck up a conversation in central Tokyo’s very handy Haneda airport that I was flying to Lewchew, she looked puzzled. The invading Japanese, struggling with the Chinese reading of the characters, pronounced the name of ...