Aug 12, 2014

U.S. reassures China as 2,500 Marines head to Australia

The United States stressed Tuesday it welcomes the rise of China and wants to work constructively with Beijing as it signed a deal to deploy 2,500 Marines to Australia as part of its “rebalance” to Asia. China bristled when the agreement to deploy Marines ...

Jul 19, 2014

Nakaima wants third term at Okinawa's helm

Okinawa Gov. Hirokazu Nakaima plans to seek a third four-year term in the Nov. 16 gubernatorial election, with the main focus expected to be on efforts to move a contentious U.S. air base in the prefecture. “If I’m allowed to do it once more, ...

Mar 30, 2014

Sasebo likely to host SDF marines

The new amphibious unit being formed by the Self-Defense Forces will likely be based in Sasebo, Nagasaki Prefecture, according to Defense Ministry officials. The ministry has opened talks with the Sasebo Municipal Government on the plan, the officials said. It calls for the new ...

Dec 28, 2013

Hail to the governor: U.S. stoked by Futenma OK

Pentagon chief Chuck Hagel has praised Okinawa Gov. Hirokazu Nakaima’s decision to allow the relocation of the Futenma air base to move forward, calling it a “milestone” for relations with Japan. Hagel on Friday welcomed the approval of the long-delayed transfer of U.S. Marine ...

Nago race now down to just two candidates

Dec 26, 2013

Nago race now down to just two candidates

by Eric Johnston

January’s Nago mayoral election is now a two-man race after ex-Mayor Yoshikazu Shimabukuro ended his bid and threw his support behind Bunshin Suematsu, a Liberal Democratic Party prefectural assembly member heavily backed by Tokyo. A pro-base candidate, Suematsu is being challenged by current Mayor ...