Jan 27, 2015

Panel to check former governor's OK of Futenma transfer

In a bid to block the planned relocation of the Futenma military base within Okinawa, the prefectural government has created a panel to examine the last governor’s approval of the offshore landfill project for the new site. The six-member panel, including lawyers and environmental ...

Public protest in Japan: Power to the people?

Dec 20, 2014

Public protest in Japan: Power to the people?

by Eric Johnston

“Freedom of assembly and association as well as speech, press and all other forms of expression are guaranteed.” — Article 21, Constitution of Japan “I say, break the law. Let your life be a counter friction to stop the machine.” — Henry David Thoreau, ...

LDP loses heavily in Okinawa

Dec 15, 2014

LDP loses heavily in Okinawa

The ruling Liberal Democratic Party saw all of its four candidates defeated in single-seat constituencies in Okinawa in Sunday’s Lower House election despite overwhelming support for the party elsewhere. The four had supported relocating a U.S. military base within the prefecture, but lost to ...

Dec 5, 2014

U.S. House clears funds for marine transfer to Guam

The U.S. House of Representatives has passed a key defense bill that includes funding for the transfer of about 4,000 marines from Okinawa to Guam. The bill for the National Defense Authorization Act, which includes an outline of defense budget plans, is expected to ...