Mar 31, 2016

58% of Okinawa residents say 'no' to U.S. base relocation: survey

Over 58 percent of residents in Okinawa Prefecture are opposed to the relocation of U.S. Marine Corps Air Station Futenma within the prefecture, a survey by the Okinawa Prefectural Government revealed Thursday. In the first-ever prefectural survey canvassing local views on the plan to ...

Mar 23, 2016

U.S. sailor admits to Okinawa rape: police

A U.S. Navy sailor arrested on a charge of raping a Japanese woman in Okinawa has admitted to the crime, investigative sources said Wednesday. They said he reversed an earlier denial. Justin Castellanos, 24, who is based at the U.S. Marines’ Camp Schwab in ...

Thousands in Okinawa protest alleged rape by U.S. sailor

Mar 22, 2016

Thousands in Okinawa protest alleged rape by U.S. sailor

The Okinawa Prefectural Assembly passed a resolution and issued a statement Tuesday protesting the alleged rape of a Japanese tourist by a U.S. serviceman this month and demanding the U.S. military enforce discipline. “We cannot help but say that the U.S. military’s efforts and ...

Futenma settlement talks to kick off next week

Mar 14, 2016

Futenma settlement talks to kick off next week

As part of a court-mediated settlement process, the central and Okinawa prefectural governments will kick off talks March 23 over the planned relocation of U.S. Marine Corps’ Air Station Futenma, Gov. Takeshi Onaga said Monday. Earlier this month, the two sides accepted the settlement ...

Mar 7, 2016

Government tells Onaga to 'correct' Henoko landfill decision

The government on Monday ordered Okinawa Gov. Takeshi Onaga to “correct” his cancellation of approval for landfill work at the replacement site for the Futenma military base. The action, taken by land minister Keiichi Ishii under the local autonomy law, is in line with ...

Mar 7, 2016

Futenma dispute settlement?

The Abe administration should view talks mandated by the court-mediated settlement as an opportunity to resolve its dispute with Okinawa Prefecture over the relocation of Futenma air base.