Dec 10, 2016

U.S. to continue Osprey supply drills in Okinawa despite danger protests

The U.S. Marine Corps plans to continue supply transportation drills involving Osprey tilt-rotor aircraft around Camp Hansen in the village of Ginoza, Okinawa Prefecture, despite protests from local communities. “It is necessary to continue conducting this type of training to maintain proficiency,” the Marine ...

Cruise liner influx overwhelming Miyakojima's economy

| Dec 9, 2016

Cruise liner influx overwhelming Miyakojima's economy

Amid rising hopes for economic growth, Japan’s tourism boom has exposed the need for regional authorities to develop infrastructure and help secure the manpower needed to deal with the influx of foreign tourists. Miyakojima in Okinawa is one of those struggling tourist destinations. As ...

Dec 4, 2016

Two U.S. Marines face DUI charges in Okinawa

Two U.S. Marines were arrested separately in Okinawa Prefecture early Sunday on suspicion of drunken driving. The men were identified as Gunnery Sgt. Marco Julio Morales, 36, and Sgt. Orlando Pena, 26, who are both stationed at the Marine Corps’ Camp Foster. Both denied ...

Informed-Public Project seeks environmental justice on Okinawa

Nov 19, 2016

Informed-Public Project seeks environmental justice on Okinawa

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A recently founded organization on Okinawa is attempting to hold to account the powers-that-be for the damage that military contamination is causing the island’s environment. Established this year by Masami Kawamura, the Informed-Public Project (IPP) seeks to bring transparency to the often murky dealings ...