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 13, 2014

Inamine to lead anti-base group to Washington

by Eric Johnston

Nago Mayor Susumu Inamine will lead a delegation of Okinawa residents and politicians to Washington on Thursday, as tensions rise between the mayor and the central government over the plan to build a U.S. military replacement base in the city’s Henoko district. The central ...

Apr 24, 2014

Abe Futenma plan hailed by Nakaima

by Eric Johnston

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 ...

Apr 14, 2014

Ministry seeks Nago's OK to use port for base move

The Defense Ministry is seeking approval from Nago, Okinawa Prefecture, to use a local port to store building materials for the plan to replace U.S. Marine Corps Air Station Futenma in Ginowan, officials said Monday. The ministry’s bureau in Okinawa filed six requests with ...