Apr 19, 2016

Use of Ospreys for Japan disaster relief draws mixed reaction

The unprecedented use of U.S. Marine Corps Osprey aircraft for disaster relief operations drew a mixed response from people in quake-hit Kyushu amid concern over the safety of the tilt-rotor aircraft. “I feel Ospreys are accident-prone. If an earthquake and accident happen at the ...

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 ...

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.

Jan 26, 2016

What the Ginowan election means

The Abe administration should think again whether the Henoko project will truly serve to reduce Okinawa's U.S. base burden and enhance the stability of the security alliance.