Nov 10, 2014

Abe administration would back USJ theme park in Okinawa

The Abe administration will support Universal Studios Japan Co. if the firm decides to launch of a theme park in Okinawa Prefecture, Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga said Monday. Increasing tourists to the prefecture is important not only for local communities but also for ...

Nov 5, 2014

U.S. Navy to deploy cutting-edge spy drone to Okinawa

The U.S. Navy plans to deploy the Triton large unmanned surveillance aircraft, now under development, to Okinawa Prefecture, Adm. Jonathan Greenert, chief of naval operations, said Tuesday. The navy aims to deploy the aircraft by the end of 2017, Greenert said in a speech. ...

Oct 31, 2014

Awaiting Okinawans' verdict

As the campaign kicks off for the Nov. 16 Okinawa gubernatorial election, the Abe administration maintains that it will go ahead with land reclamation off the Henoko district of Nago to build a replacement facility for U.S. Marine Corps Air Station Futenma, regardless of ...

Oct 26, 2014

Relaxing of visa requirements for tourists to Okinawa to be studied

The government decided Sunday to consider relaxing visa requirements for tourists visiting Okinawa to attract foreign tourists, officials said. In a meeting to discuss ways to ease regulations in Okinawa as one of the country’s “strategic special zones,” the government decided to proceed with ...

Japan to offer base in Chiba as U.S. Osprey maintenance depot

Oct 22, 2014

Japan to offer base in Chiba as U.S. Osprey maintenance depot

The Defense Ministry said Tuesday it will propose that the U.S. Marine Corps service its MV-22 Osprey aircraft at a Ground Self-Defense Force camp in Kisarazu, Chiba Prefecture. The gesture is seen as an attempt to ease the U.S. military burden on Okinawa Prefecture, ...

Oct 20, 2014

Japan, U.S. agree on new base environment accord

The Japanese and U.S. governments have effectively agreed on a new accord that allows local Japanese officials to enter U.S. military bases to conduct environmental surveys of land expected to be returned to Japanese control.