Feb 24, 2015

Okinawa anti-base activists freed from jail

Two activists have been released following their arrest Sunday during a protest against construction of the replacement base for U.S. Marine Corps Air Station Futenma in Okinawa Prefecture. The pair allegedly trespassed at the gate of Camp Schwab during a demonstration against work on ...

Feb 20, 2015

Okinawa protesters get written orders to remove tents

The central government gave written orders Thursday to protesters of the planned relocation of a U.S. military base in Okinawa to remove their tents from a sidewalk. Until now, the government had given only oral instructions to protesters in front of the U.S. Marine ...

Feb 17, 2015

Okinawa chief orders a halt to base relocation work

Okinawa Gov. Takeshi Onaga on Monday ordered the Defense Ministry’s Okinawa Defense Bureau to suspend work on building a new base for U.S. troops, a move that may further antagonize the central government. Onaga told reporters that coral has been damaged by large concrete ...

Okinawa base activists report coral damage at Henoko

Feb 12, 2015

Okinawa base activists report coral damage at Henoko

Lobbyists in Okinawa Prefecture are reporting damage to coral from concrete blocks placed on the seabed for a drilling survey ahead of the planned construction of a U.S. military base there. The Defense Ministry has dropped concrete blocks weighing between 10 and 45 tons ...

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 ...

Thousands protest in Tokyo against Futenma move

Jan 25, 2015

Thousands protest in Tokyo against Futenma move

by Finbar O'Mallon

Thousands of people gathered Sunday outside the Diet to protest the plan to move U.S. Marine Corps Air Station Futenma to the Henoko district in Okinawa from the city of Ginowan. Various speakers addressed what they described as the harmful presence of U.S. forces ...

Dec 12, 2014

Okinawa governor may suspend Henoko landfill work

New Okinawa Gov. Takeshi Onaga said Friday the prefectural government will consider rescinding its approval of landfill work needed to host a contentious U.S. military base. “If there is any defect in it, I will consider scrapping it,” said Onaga, referring to the approval ...