Drilling survey begins for Futenma relocation project

Aug 18, 2014

Drilling survey begins for Futenma relocation project

The Defense Ministry on Monday started drilling in waters off Nago, Okinawa Prefecture, where a new airstrip for the facility intended to replace U.S. Marine Corps Air Station Futenma will be built, a senior ministry official said. The drilling survey will cover 16 sites ...

Endangered dugong spotted just east of Henoko site

Aug 18, 2014

Endangered dugong spotted just east of Henoko site

A dugong, a rare marine mammal that inhabits waters around Okinawa, was spotted about 5 km east of Henoko on Sunday, the same day as seabed surveys started before landfill operations begin at the relocation site for the U.S. Marine Corps’ Air Station Futenma. ...

Aug 8, 2014

U.S. reluctant to relocate Ospreys outside Okinawa

The United States has voiced reluctance over Japan’s proposal to temporarily relocate MV-22 Osprey military transport aircraft from a U.S. base in Okinawa Prefecture to Saga airport, sources said Thursday. The United States cited reasons such as difficulties in redeploying troops and securing a ...

Traditional Okinawan dance visits Tokyo

Jul 24, 2014

Traditional Okinawan dance visits Tokyo

by Sei Dickinson

Japanese theater has gained a great deal of international recognition, so most people are likely familiar with kabuki or noh. Fewer, however, may have heard of Ryūkyū buyō — the traditional dance of Okinawa. On July 29 at Kioi Hall in Tokyo’s Chiyoda Ward, ...