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 ...

Okinawa pitches Futenma 'dispersal'

Jun 14, 2013

Okinawa pitches Futenma 'dispersal'

by Eric Johnston

Okinawa contacted the office of the U.S. secretary of defense earlier this week with proposals to relocate the contingent at U.S. Marine Corps Air Station Futenma to other parts of Japan outside the prefecture, saying there are 35 commercial airports and military facilities, from ...

Mar 9, 2013

2020 eyed for Okinawa marine shift

The U.S. military aims to complete the redeployment to Guam of marine elements now in Okinawa by 2020, according to recent congressional testimony by Adm. Samuel Locklear, commander of the U.S. Pacific Command, and other sources. It is the first time the U.S. forces ...