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 ...

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 ...

Jan 13, 2015

Strong-arming Okinawa's governor

A reported Abe administration plan to sharply trim spending on measures to spur Okinawa's economy in fiscal 2015 smacks of an attempt to coerce Okinawa's new governor into ending his resistance to construction of a new U.S. military facility in the prefecture.