Kerama Islands to become 31st national park

Dec 25, 2013

Kerama Islands to become 31st national park

Environment Minister Nobuteru Ishihara said he will designate Okinawa’s Kerama Islands, known for their coral reefs, as Japan’s 31st national park on March 5. The announcement came Tuesday after the Central Environment Council approved a plan to designate the islands and surrounding waters up ...

Dec 24, 2013

Outlays to Okinawa to rise by 15%

The Cabinet said Tuesday that ¥346.0 billion will be earmarked for Okinawa’s economic development in the budget for fiscal 2014, up 15.3 percent from the initial allocation for the current fiscal year and even more than the requested ¥340.8 billion. The rare move to ...

Dec 16, 2013

U.S. seeks unconditional OK for base landfill work

Washington has told Tokyo that the Okinawa Prefectural Government should unconditionally let landfill work begin in Nago so Futenma air base can finally be moved, diplomatic sources said. The message, delivered by a senior U.S. official, puts more pressure on Okinawa Gov. Hirokazu Nakaima, ...

Dec 13, 2013

Nakaima to decide base landfill before end of month

Okinawa Gov. Hirokazu Nakaima said Friday he plans to decide by the end of December whether to approve the start of work to fill in areas off the Henoko coast in the city of Nago for building an airstrip to replace U.S. Marine Corps ...