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Defense Minister Minoru Kihara (left) and Okinawa Gov. Denny Tamaki hold talks at the Okinawa Prefectural Government office in Naha on Saturday.
JAPAN
Feb 18, 2024
Defense minister meets Okinawa governor over U.S. base transfer
The meeting came over a month after the central government started construction work on a part of the new base for relocation.
Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshimasa Hayashi meets Okinawa Gov. Denny Tamaki at the Okinawa Prefectural Government building on Sunday.
JAPAN / Politics
Jan 28, 2024
Japanese government to proceed with U.S. base relocation within Okinawa
During the meeting with Hayashi, Tamaki demanded that the central government immediately stop the landfill work related to the Futenma relocation project
Construction work is underway on Wednesday in Oura Bay in Okinawa Prefecture, the site of the coastal airfield that will replace Marine Corps Air Station Futenma.
EDITORIALS
Jan 12, 2024
Futenma moves forward, but local concerns must be addressed
Originally planned to have been finished by now, the base project is now anticipated to take over nine years to complete.
Heavy machinery is used to pour in stone material from a work boat into the sea off the coast of Nago, Okinawa Prefecture.
JAPAN / Politics
Jan 10, 2024
U.S. base transfer work in Okinawa begins after state OKs by proxy
In an an unprecedented move, the national government overrode the local government's objection and approved a modified landfill plan.
Okinawa Gov. Denny Tamaki holds a news conference on Wednesday.
JAPAN
Dec 28, 2023
Japanese government overrides Okinawa objection to Henoko work
The approval is "a milestone" for the total transfer of the Futenma air base as early as possible, Defense Minister Minoru Kihara told reporters.
Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshimasa Hayashi took office on Dec. 14 after his predecessor quit over a political funds scandal.
JAPAN / Politics
Dec 27, 2023
Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshimasa Hayashi vows to tackle distrust
Hayashi, who took office after his predecessor quit over a funding scandal, says revising the relevant law is related to freedom of political activity.
Construction work goes on in the Henoko coastal district of Nago, Okinawa Prefecture, on Monday, with Oura Bay in the foreground.
JAPAN
Dec 27, 2023
Japan to OK base relocation project design change by proxy
The approval of the change application will mark the central government's first-ever proxy execution of a local government administrative task.
A supporter of Okinawa Gov. Denny Tamaki holds up a sign on Wednesday in front of the Fukuoka District Court's Naha branch saying that the court's ruling — effectively clearing the way for further landfill work to relocate a U.S. base in Okinawa — is "unjust."
JAPAN / Crime & Legal
Dec 20, 2023
Court orders Okinawa governor to approve base relocation work
The move by the high court's Naha branch circumvents Okinawa Gov. Denny Tamaki, who has not approved the plan amid staunch local opposition.
U.S. Marine Corps Air Station Futenma in Ginowan, Okinawa Prefecture
JAPAN
Dec 16, 2023
Henoko base relocation project enters new phase in Okinawa
The project to relocate a U.S. military base to the Henoko coastal area is entering a new phase five years after land reclamation began there.
Construction work is conducted in the Henoko coastal area in Nago, Okinawa Prefecture, on Thursday.
JAPAN
Dec 15, 2023
Okinawa promotion spending to fall to ¥267.8 billion in fiscal 2024
The outlay would stand below ¥300 billion for the third successive year, according to a government estimate.
Okinawa Gov. Denny Tamaki
JAPAN / Politics
Oct 12, 2023
Okinawa governor refuses to approve design change for Henoko base
The central government has claimed that the governor's disapproval "seriously harms the public interest."
Okinawa Gov. Denny Tamaki speaks to reporters in Naha on Thursday.
JAPAN / Politics
Oct 6, 2023
Land minister sues Okinawa governor over U.S. base landfill plan
The central government and Okinawa Prefecture have long been at odds over relocating U.S. Marine Corps Air Station Futenma.
Okinawa rejects central government order on U.S. base work
JAPAN / Politics
Oct 4, 2023
Okinawa rejects central government order on U.S. base work
The central government and Okinawa Prefecture have long been at odds over relocating U.S. Marine Corps Air Station Futenma.
Okinawa Gov. Denny Tamaki speaks at a session of the U.N. Human Rights Council in Geneva on Monday.
JAPAN / Politics
Sep 19, 2023
Okinawa governor tells U.N. that U.S. military base threatens peace
Gov. Denny Tamaki's stance was immediately questioned by a Japanese government official at the venue for the U.N. session in Geneva.
Construction work continues on Monday at the Henoko coastal area of Nago, Okinawa Prefecture.
JAPAN / Crime & Legal
Sep 4, 2023
Japan top court upholds ruling against Okinawa over Futenma move
The decision may accelerate the relocation effort, as it requires the prefectural government to approve design changes.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Politics
Jan 21, 2023
Okinawa governor eyes U.S. visit in early March
Okinawa Gov. Denny Tamaki is expected to reiterate his call for the plan to relocate the U.S. base in Futenma to be reviewed.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Crime & Legal
Dec 8, 2022
Supreme Court dismisses Okinawa's bid to halt U.S. base landfill work
The top court's decision upheld lower court rulings in which Okinawa's cases against the central government were dismissed.
Japan Times
JAPAN
Sep 28, 2022
Defense minister and Okinawa governor at odds over U.S. base relocation
The minister said that the government of Prime Minister Fumio Kishida will push ahead with the plan to relocate the Futenma base.
Japan Times
COMMENTARY / Japan
Sep 20, 2022
Lessons for the LDP from Okinawa's gubernatorial election
The LDP had better get its house in order if it wants to even begin to reverse the trend of opposition-supported candidates winning office in Okinawa.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Politics
Sep 11, 2022
Anti-U.S. base incumbent Gov. Denny Tamaki wins Okinawa vote
The latest verdict on the Futenma relocation plan comes after the prefecture rejected the transfer in gubernatorial elections in 2014 and 2018 as well as a referendum in 2019.

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