Feb 24, 2015

Okinawa anti-base activists freed from jail

Two activists have been released following their arrest Sunday during a protest against construction of the replacement base for U.S. Marine Corps Air Station Futenma in Okinawa Prefecture. The pair allegedly trespassed at the gate of Camp Schwab during a demonstration against work on ...

Okinawa reversion was moved forward to pave way for Sato's successor

Feb 22, 2015

Okinawa reversion was moved forward to pave way for Sato's successor

The timing of the reversion of Okinawa to Japan from U.S. control in 1972 was negotiated by Tokyo and Washington to encourage a smooth transition of power from then-Prime Minister Eisaku Sato to his intended successor, previously classified U.S. documents show. While Washington initially ...

Okinawa base activists report coral damage at Henoko

Feb 12, 2015

Okinawa base activists report coral damage at Henoko

Lobbyists in Okinawa Prefecture are reporting damage to coral from concrete blocks placed on the seabed for a drilling survey ahead of the planned construction of a U.S. military base there. The Defense Ministry has dropped concrete blocks weighing between 10 and 45 tons ...

Dec 25, 2014

Nye suggests rotating U.S. forces in Japan around SDF bases

U.S. military units should rotate around and jointly use Self-Defense Forces bases across Japan to reduce the conventional emphasis on multiple fixed American bases across the country, says Joseph Nye, a former U.S. assistant secretary of defense. “We should place less emphasis on having ...

Dec 10, 2014

U.S. military eases restrictions governing off-base drinking in Okinawa

U.S. Forces Japan has eased restrictions governing off-base drinking by military personnel based in Okinawa Prefecture, but they are still restricted from consuming alcohol from midnight to 5 a.m. Following a spate of incidents involving U.S. servicemen, the current policy for military personnel in ...