Okinawa launches coral survey at Futenma replacement site

Aug 31, 2015

Okinawa launches coral survey at Futenma replacement site

The Okinawa Prefectural Government began an underwater survey Monday to check the condition of coral reefs off the planned replacement site for the U.S. Futenma military base, which could result in revoking permission for drilling work if damage is confirmed. The prefectural government had ...

Okinawa: always worth returning to

Aug 29, 2015

Okinawa: always worth returning to

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The island of Okinawa shimmers beneath the wing of our plane, a dark green smudge on the azure seascape. I can’t see it well, ensconced as I am in the aisle seat, already subconsciously distancing myself from this visit. But my daughter, on the ...

Typhoon Goni batters Okinawa, heads for Kyushu

Aug 24, 2015

Typhoon Goni batters Okinawa, heads for Kyushu

Typhoon Goni, which battered Okinawa and was over the East China Sea on Monday, was poised to make a landfall on Kyushu on Tuesday morning, prompting the Meteorological Agency to warn of violent winds and high waves. The weather agency also alerted residents in ...

Yamato survivor, 87, recalls doomed mission

Aug 20, 2015

Yamato survivor, 87, recalls doomed mission

Yasuo Yasugi was a 17-year-old seaman aboard the Imperial Japanese Navy’s proud battleship Yamato when it was sunk off Kagoshima Prefecture on April 7, 1945. When Yasugi was ordered in January of that year to board the battleship, a mission that he had longed ...

Aug 19, 2015

Okinawa assembly protests U.S. Army helicopter crash

The Okinawa Prefectural Assembly unanimously adopted a resolution Wednesday protesting against the recent crash of a U.S. military helicopter near the prefecture. The resolution said the accident makes light of Okinawan people and is absolutely unacceptable. It called for a halt to flights of ...