Jun 22, 2016

Tokyo backed Futenma relocation to Nago on protest fears

Fearing anti-U.S. base campaigners would ramp up their movement throughout Japan in the 1990s, then-Chief Cabinet Secretary Seiroku Kajiyama saw no choice but to relocate the air base at Futenma to the less populated Okinawan city of Nago, according to a handwritten letter made ...

Mar 31, 2016

58% of Okinawa residents say 'no' to U.S. base relocation: survey

Over 58 percent of residents in Okinawa Prefecture are opposed to the relocation of U.S. Marine Corps Air Station Futenma within the prefecture, a survey by the Okinawa Prefectural Government revealed Thursday. In the first-ever prefectural survey canvassing local views on the plan to ...

Dec 6, 2015

Legal showdown over Henoko

The court battle that just got underway between Okinawa and the national government over the Futenma replacement base is more likely to exacerbate the conflict than resolve it.