Thousands in Okinawa protest alleged rape by U.S. sailor

Mar 22, 2016

Thousands in Okinawa protest alleged rape by U.S. sailor

The Okinawa Prefectural Assembly passed a resolution and issued a statement Tuesday protesting the alleged rape of a Japanese tourist by a U.S. serviceman this month and demanding the U.S. military enforce discipline. “We cannot help but say that the U.S. military’s efforts and ...

Mar 7, 2016

Government tells Onaga to 'correct' Henoko landfill decision

The government on Monday ordered Okinawa Gov. Takeshi Onaga to “correct” his cancellation of approval for landfill work at the replacement site for the Futenma military base. The action, taken by land minister Keiichi Ishii under the local autonomy law, is in line with ...

Mar 7, 2016

Futenma dispute settlement?

The Abe administration should view talks mandated by the court-mediated settlement as an opportunity to resolve its dispute with Okinawa Prefecture over the relocation of Futenma air base.

Feb 1, 2016

Okinawa sues Japan again over U.S. base relocation

The Okinawa Prefectural Government on Monday filed a fresh lawsuit against the central government over the planned relocation of the Futenma base. This suit is against a dispute settlement panel’s decision favoring the central government’s effort to continue working on a landfill project to ...

Jan 26, 2016

What the Ginowan election means

The Abe administration should think again whether the Henoko project will truly serve to reduce Okinawa's U.S. base burden and enhance the stability of the security alliance.