Dec 10, 2014

U.S. military eases restrictions governing off-base drinking in Okinawa

U.S. Forces Japan has eased restrictions governing off-base drinking by military personnel based in Okinawa Prefecture, but they are still restricted from consuming alcohol from midnight to 5 a.m. Following a spate of incidents involving U.S. servicemen, the current policy for military personnel in ...

Dec 7, 2014

U.S. marine suspected in Okinawa hit-and-run

A U.S. Marine is suspected in a hit-and-run incident that seriously injured a 67-year-old man in Okinawa Prefecture last week, according to prefectural government sources. The information was first reported by the U.S. side, which informed the foreign ministry, the sources said Saturday. The ...

Dec 5, 2014

U.S. House clears funds for marine transfer to Guam

The U.S. House of Representatives has passed a key defense bill that includes funding for the transfer of about 4,000 marines from Okinawa to Guam. The bill for the National Defense Authorization Act, which includes an outline of defense budget plans, is expected to ...

Dec 5, 2014

New batch of mineral deposits discovered off Okinawa

Japan Oil, Gas and Metals National Corp. (Jogmec) said Thursday that it has discovered a second batch of large mineral deposits on the seabed northwest of the main island of Okinawa. More than 20 cone-shaped hydrothermal mineral deposits, including copper, zinc, gold and silver, ...

Nov 17, 2014

Okinawan verdict on base plan

The results of the Okinawa gubernatorial election on Sunday is the clearest rejection to date by local voters of the national government's plan to relocate Air Station Futenma.