Thousands surround Diet to protest Futenma base relocation plan

May 25, 2015

Thousands surround Diet to protest Futenma base relocation plan

Thousands of demonstrators formed a human chain around the Diet on Sunday to protest the plan for building a replacement facility for U.S. Marine Corps Air Station Futenma in Okinawa. The protesters, who organizers said numbered about 15,000, surrounded the building while holding banners ...

Deadly Osprey crash in Hawaii renews sense of fear in Okinawa

May 18, 2015

Deadly Osprey crash in Hawaii renews sense of fear in Okinawa

The deadly crash of a U.S. Marine Corps MV-22 Osprey aircraft in Hawaii on Sunday sparked further concern in Okinawa Prefecture over the safety of the tilt-rotor aircraft, 24 of which have been deployed at a controversial U.S. base in the island prefecture. The ...

May 7, 2015

U.S. to sell 17 Ospreys for GSDF

The United States plans to sell 17 V-22 Osprey tilt-rotor military transport aircraft, associated equipment, parts and logistical support to Japan for an estimated cost of $3 billion, the U.S. Defense Security Cooperation Agency said Tuesday. The agency said it delivered the required certification ...