Drilling survey begins for Futenma relocation project

Aug 18, 2014

Drilling survey begins for Futenma relocation project

The Defense Ministry on Monday started drilling in waters off Nago, Okinawa Prefecture, where a new airstrip for the facility intended to replace U.S. Marine Corps Air Station Futenma will be built, a senior ministry official said. The drilling survey will cover 16 sites ...

Aug 15, 2014

Okinawa boaters pester defense workers at new base site

The Japan Coast Guard shooed away protesters Friday as the Okinawa Defense Bureau tried to install buoys and floats off Nago’s Henoko district to protect the site expected to host the replacement facility for a contentious U.S. Marine base in Ginowan. Activists sailed out ...


Jul 23, 2014


by Giovanni Fazio

The old Godzilla movies made by Japan’s Toho studio between 1954 and 2004 were B-grade monster movies. They were cheesy and primitive, for the most part, but displayed the charm of inventive filmmakers who were trying to transcend the limitations of budget and technology ...

Apr 11, 2014

Marines won't leave Futenma till new base built: Wissler

The top commander of U.S. military forces stationed in Okinawa on Thursday ruled out the possibility of the Marine Corps leaving a contentious air base before a replacement facility is operational. “The answer is no,” Lt. Gen. John Wissler told an event in Washington ...