Feb 1, 2017

Japan to start offshore work at planned new Okinawa airbase

The government plans to start maritime construction work as early as next week at the planned relocation site for a key U.S. airbase in Okinawa, a government source said Tuesday. The move, which is likely to trigger further local opposition, comes after the government’s ...

Naha Airport temporarily closed over F-15 fighter problem

Jan 30, 2017

Naha Airport temporarily closed over F-15 fighter problem

The sole runway at Naha Airport in Okinawa Prefecture was forced to close temporarily Monday after an Air Self-Defense Force F-15 fighter jet developed a problem in its front-landing gear, forcing at least 60 commercial flights to be canceled or diverted to other destinations. ...

Jan 30, 2017

F-15's mechanical trouble closes runaway at Naha Airport

Mechanical trouble with an Air Self-Defense Force F-15 fighter forced the closure of the only runway at Naha Airport in Okinawa Prefecture on Monday. Four F-15s had been scheduled to depart together at around 1:25 p.m., but one was unable to take off due ...

Japan to ask UNESCO to list remote islands, Christian sites

Jan 19, 2017

Japan to ask UNESCO to list remote islands, Christian sites

The government said Thursday it will submit a proposal to add a number of islands and several places linked to the history of Japan’s persecuted Christians to UNESCO’s list of natural and cultural World Heritage sites. The natural sites are Kagoshima Prefecture’s Amami-Oshima Island ...