May 31, 2015

Okinawa Gov. Onaga to meet with senior U.S. officials

Okinawa Gov. Takeshi Onaga will meet with senior officials from the U.S. State and Defense departments in Washington on Wednesday, federal government sources said. From the Defense Department, Cara Abercrombie, acting deputy assistant secretary for East Asia, is expected speak with Onaga. The department ...

Thousands surround Diet to protest Futenma base relocation plan

May 25, 2015

Thousands surround Diet to protest Futenma base relocation plan

Thousands of demonstrators formed a human chain around the Diet on Sunday to protest the plan for building a replacement facility for U.S. Marine Corps Air Station Futenma in Okinawa. The protesters, who organizers said numbered about 15,000, surrounded the building while holding banners ...

Deadly Osprey crash in Hawaii renews sense of fear in Okinawa

May 18, 2015

Deadly Osprey crash in Hawaii renews sense of fear in Okinawa

The deadly crash of a U.S. Marine Corps MV-22 Osprey aircraft in Hawaii on Sunday sparked further concern in Okinawa Prefecture over the safety of the tilt-rotor aircraft, 24 of which have been deployed at a controversial U.S. base in the island prefecture. The ...