/ Feb 5, 2017

U.S. Marine suspected of DUI arrested in Naha

A U.S. Marine was arrested Sunday on suspicion of drunken driving in Naha, Okinawa Prefecture, after being stopped at a traffic checkpoint. Arrested was Lance Cpl. Melbin Leonardo Nunez, who is stationed at Marine Corps Air Station Futenma in Ginowan. Nunez, 20, is suspected ...

Feb 4, 2017

Seeking Nature Heritage status

In seeking to get World Nature Heritage status for areas in southern Japan, the government needs to work harder at protecting the native species and habitats.

Onaga looks to Trump for change in U.S. policy on bases

/ Feb 3, 2017

Onaga looks to Trump for change in U.S. policy on bases

Okinawa Gov. Takeshi Onaga expressed hope Thursday that the administration of U.S. President Donald Trump will adopt a new policy toward U.S. military bases on the island prefecture. Referring to the drastic changes Trump has made since taking office on Jan. 20, Onaga said ...

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 ...