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, ...

Japan agreed to hide Okinawa's role in U.S. bombing of Vietnam

Jul 24, 2014

Japan agreed to hide Okinawa's role in U.S. bombing of Vietnam

Japan gave tacit approval to a U.S. decision in 1969 to withhold from local residents the fact that the U.S. military sent B-52 bombers on missions during the Vietnam War from a base in Okinawa Prefecture, declassified Japanese diplomatic records showed Thursday. At the ...

Jul 21, 2014

New subsidies eyed for hosts of U.S. bases

The Abe administration is considering launching a new subsidy program in fiscal 2015 to help prefectures facing a heavier burden from hosting military bases due to the ongoing realignment of U.S. forces, an administration source said Monday. The move is aimed at winning greater ...

Jul 19, 2014

Nakaima wants third term at Okinawa's helm

Okinawa Gov. Hirokazu Nakaima plans to seek a third four-year term in the Nov. 16 gubernatorial election, with the main focus expected to be on efforts to move a contentious U.S. air base in the prefecture. “If I’m allowed to do it once more, ...

City in Okinawa mulls environmental research on Senkakus from air

Jul 15, 2014

City in Okinawa mulls environmental research on Senkakus from air

The city of Ishigaki, Okinawa Prefecture, which has jurisdiction over the Senkaku Islands, is considering conducting environmental research this summer on the disputed islets from the air using a chartered aircraft, sources said Monday. The research to study the environment and ecosystem of the ...