National / Politics Apr 5, 2013

U.S. land return timetable in works

Japan and the United States plan to disclose concrete plans Friday to return some of the land south of Kadena Air Base on Okinawa that's being used by the U.S. military, a Japanese government source said Thursday. Defense Minister Itsunori Onodera intends to visit Okinawa ...

National / Politics Mar 24, 2013

U.S. hails request to start work on successor base

Washington has welcomed Tokyo's formal request to Okinawa for permission to provide landfill for the U.S. Futenma replacement base, calling it "a key milestone" after years of tough bilateral negotiations. "We welcomed the government of Japan's submission of the landfill permit request to the Okinawa ...

Futenma replacement to stay in Okinawa: Abe

National / Politics Mar 12, 2013

Futenma replacement to stay in Okinawa: Abe

Despite the outcry in Okinawa, replacing U.S. Marine Corps Air Station Futenma with a new base outside the prefecture will be difficult given Japan's worsening security environment, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe warned Monday. Addressing a Diet committee, Abe also criticized North Korea for ratcheting up ...

Outsiders key to resolving Futenma: analyst

National Feb 19, 2013

Outsiders key to resolving Futenma: analyst

With both Japan and the United States unlikely to soon seek new solutions to the stalled relocation of the Futenma air station in Okinawa, progress might be better achieved through discussions by nongovernmental experts, according to a U.S. analyst. The existing plan to transfer the ...