Opponents step up protest against U.S. helipad plan on Okinawa

Sep 15, 2016

Opponents step up protest against U.S. helipad plan on Okinawa

Opponents of planned U.S. helipads on Japan’s southern island of Okinawa have stepped up protests in Tokyo after the central government used military aircraft to transport equipment for the project. The U.S. Marine Corps helipads are to be used by MV-22 Osprey aircraft, which ...

Aug 15, 2016

Henoko row back in court

The Abe administration should realize that a court battle won't bring about a positive resolution to the Okinawa base dispute.

May 16, 2016

2,500 turn out in Naha to protest Henoko U.S. base plan

About 2,500 people raised opposition to the planned relocation of a U.S. military base within Okinawa in a rally held in the capital city of Naha on Sunday, the 44th anniversary of Okinawa’s reversion to Japanese administration from U.S. rule. The participants adopted a ...

Mar 31, 2016

58% of Okinawa residents say 'no' to U.S. base relocation: survey

Over 58 percent of residents in Okinawa Prefecture are opposed to the relocation of U.S. Marine Corps Air Station Futenma within the prefecture, a survey by the Okinawa Prefectural Government revealed Thursday. In the first-ever prefectural survey canvassing local views on the plan to ...

Nov 18, 2015

Court battle over Henoko

The court battle the central government has launched against the Okinawa Prefectural government over the project to relocate Air Station Futenma could further complicate the standoff.

Nov 18, 2015

Okinawa's base conundrum


The Okinawa base issue goes beyond the tangible impact of the U.S. military bases. More than anything, it's the attitude of the Japanese central government toward the issue that irks Okinawans.