Powerful typhoon approaches Okinawa; heavy rains expected

May 11, 2015

Powerful typhoon approaches Okinawa; heavy rains expected

A powerful typhoon was expected to approach the islands of Okinawa and the Amami region of Kagoshima Prefecture through Tuesday, the Meteorological Agency said, warning of heavy rains in those areas as well as in Kyushu and eastern Japan. Typhoon Noul was packing winds ...

Sound waves: the music of Okinawa

May 9, 2015

Sound waves: the music of Okinawa

by Stephen Mansfield

How is it possible that a people who have experienced poverty, famine and discrimination, outlasted efforts at cultural annihilation and suffered the indignities of occupation can manage to celebrate life in song and dance with a passion and joy that belies everyday reality? Music ...

Apr 26, 2015

U.S. serviceman held in alleged attack on student in Okinawa

Police arrested a U.S. serviceman in Okinawa Prefecture on Sunday for allegedly assaulting and injuring a male university student. Jereth Adrian Davis, 28, who is stationed at the U.S. Air Force’s Kadena base, was arrested by prefectural police. Davis has denied the charges, police ...

Apr 21, 2015

Resolving the Henoko standoff

The Abe adminstration must take Okinawa's popular will seriously and find a solution to the standoff over the relocation of Air Station Futenma.

Iwo Jima vet, Okinawa survivor wrestle with WWII legacy

Apr 21, 2015

Iwo Jima vet, Okinawa survivor wrestle with WWII legacy

by Eric Talmadge

In Norman Baker’s mind, the Japanese were fanatical, brutal animals with no respect for life. To Yoshiko Shimabukuro, Americans were long-nosed demons who rained hellfire from the skies before raping and pillaging anything with the worse-than-death fate of crossing their path. Both the 18-year-old ...