Minister for Okinawa seeks revision of U.S. SOFA

May 24, 2016

Minister for Okinawa seeks revision of U.S. SOFA

Aiko Shimajiri, the minister in charge of Okinawa affairs, says she intends to continue requesting a revision of the Status of Forces Agreement with the United States in the wake of the latest crime linked to the military bases in the island prefecture. “As ...

U.S. asks for Kanagawa's help in explosion investigation

Aug 26, 2015

U.S. asks for Kanagawa's help in explosion investigation

The U.S. military has requested help from a local fire department in Sagamihara, Kanagawa Prefecture, to investigate what caused Monday’s explosion at a U.S. military warehouse, Kanagawa Gov. Yuji Kuroiwa said. The move came amid growing frustration from local government leaders over the Japan-U.S. ...

Oct 30, 2014

Japanese access to U.S. bases

Japan and the U.S. have agreed "in substance" on a new accord that paves the way for on-site environmental surveys by Japanese authorities inside U.S. military bases.