Okinawa Gov. Denny Tamaki's effort to seize the initiative by calling for a new Okinawa conference should be embraced, or at least tried.
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The vitally important Futenma replacement facility shouldn't be built on a pack of lies.
The Okinawa gubernatorial election is an important one for the prefecture, for the central government, for the Japan-U.S. alliance and for the Indo-Pacific region as a whole.
Officials should use the Typhoon Jebi experience to improve their disaster management responses.
A prefectural vote would give all residents a voice on the Futenma relocation plan.
Opportunities to defuse tensions surrounding the U.S. military presence on Okinawa have been wasted.
Drinking by high-ranking U.S. officers and events where alcohol is featured work at cross-purposes to the military's message of temperance.
Japan should recognize Taiwan in exchange for Taipei's acknowledgement of Japan's sovereignty over the Senkaku Islands.
The U.S. and Japanese governments need to take a number of steps to build strong relationships with local communities in Okinawa that are hosting U.S. bases.
Friends of the Ground Self-Defense Force throughout Japan and the world were saddened to learn about the passing of Eiji Kimizuka, a retired four-star general who served as the Chief of Staff of the GSDF from 2011 to 2013 but perhaps was best known ...