Dec 26, 2014

Abe snubs Okinawa's new anti-base governor

In a veiled attempt to put pressure on Okinawa Gov. Takeshi Onaga, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe did not meet the newly elected anti-base leader during his three-day visit to the capital. Onaga, who opposes the government’s push to move a contentious U.S. military base ...

Sep 9, 2014

Nago's voters send a message

The outcome of Sunday's city assembly election in Nago, Okinawa Prefecture, shows that voters remain strongly opposed to the relocation of U.S. Marine Corp Air Station Futenma to the Henoko area despite economic steps by the Abe administration to buy their support.

May 27, 2014

Court rejects Futenma base assessment appeal

The Fukuoka High Court on Tuesday turned down an appeal by local residents who wanted to overturn a lower court ruling that rejected their lawsuit demanding the central government conduct another environmental impact assessment of the Futenma base relocation in Okinawa Prefecture. A three-judge ...

May 10, 2014

Base shift may start in fall, not spring

Japan might move up the start date for building the replacement facility for U.S. Marine Corps Air Station Futenma in Okinawa to this fall instead of next spring, an official said Saturday. By advancing the date, which could allow work to begin before a ...

Apr 24, 2014

Abe Futenma plan hailed by Nakaima


Okinawa Gov. Hirokazu Nakaima welcomed Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s announcement Thursday that he would seek U.S. President Barack Obama’s cooperation in closing U.S. Marine Corps Air Station Futenma in Okinawa within five years. “The fact that both leaders shared a recognition about the importance ...

Mar 26, 2013

Push comes to shove on base issue

Given strong Okinawan opposition to a plan to move Futenma air station to Nago City, Tokyo should start talks with Washington to find a suitable relocation site outside Okinawa Prefecture.