Mar 16, 2015

Heed the will of Okinawans

Seabed drilling related to land reclamation work for a new U.S. air base off the Henoko district of Okinawa has resumed for the first time since new Gov. Takeshi Onaga took office. The Abe administration appears to be running roughshod over the sentiments of ...

Mar 1, 2015

Arrest of Henoko protesters

The way in which two activists opposed to the construction of a replacement U.S. military facility on Okinawa were arrested last week raises suspicions that a crackdown against protesters in general is imminent.

Feb 24, 2015

Okinawa anti-base activists freed from jail

Two activists have been released following their arrest Sunday during a protest against construction of the replacement base for U.S. Marine Corps Air Station Futenma in Okinawa Prefecture. The pair allegedly trespassed at the gate of Camp Schwab during a demonstration against work on ...

Feb 20, 2015

Okinawa protesters get written orders to remove tents

The central government gave written orders Thursday to protesters of the planned relocation of a U.S. military base in Okinawa to remove their tents from a sidewalk. Until now, the government had given only oral instructions to protesters in front of the U.S. Marine ...

Feb 17, 2015

Okinawa chief orders a halt to base relocation work

Okinawa Gov. Takeshi Onaga on Monday ordered the Defense Ministry’s Okinawa Defense Bureau to suspend work on building a new base for U.S. troops, a move that may further antagonize the central government. Onaga told reporters that coral has been damaged by large concrete ...