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Okinawa Police have arrested a man on suspicion of murder for allegedly dragging a woman onto a road, leaving her to be run over by a passing taxi in Ginowan, Okinawa Prefecture.
JAPAN / Crime & Legal
Feb 13, 2024
Okinawa man arrested for allegedly leaving woman in street to be run over
Police reports indicate that the pair had been drinking together immediately prior to the incident, with the woman possibly intoxicated and unable to move.
Okinawa Gov. Denny Tamaki holds a news conference on Wednesday.
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.
Construction work goes on in the Henoko coastal district of Nago, Okinawa Prefecture, on Monday, with Oura Bay in the foreground.
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.
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
Feb 4, 2022
Okinawa Gov. Denny Tamaki to seek second term in September poll
Tamaki is expected to run against Atsushi Sakima, a 57-year-old former mayor of Ginowan who is seen as a potential candidate backed by the ruling Liberal Democratic Party.
Japan Times
Nov 9, 2020
For Okinawans, Biden offers little hope of shift on Futenma move
Some, however, say fears of spiraling U.S.-China tensions are likely to ease under the incoming administration.
Japan Times
Jul 12, 2020
Two U.S. bases in Okinawa on lockdown with 62 coronavirus cases confirmed
U.S. forces told the Okinawa government the cases were confirmed between Tuesday and Saturday at U.S. Marine Corps Air Station Futenma and Camp Hansen.
Japan Times
Jul 11, 2020
Dozens of COVID-19 infections detected at U.S. military facilities in Okinawa, governor says
The number was likely to top 50 and involve several facilities, including Marine Corps Air Station Futenma and Camp Hansen.
Japan Times
Jul 10, 2020
Japan's top court rejects call to halt flights near U.S. Okinawa base
The court said Japan can't limit flights because it has no right to manage the air base under various security agreements.
Dec 29, 2019
Delays and cost overruns at Henoko
The government needs to assess whether the Futenma replacement project u2014 with the substantial delays, cost overruns and local opposition u2014 is still a viable project.
Japan Times
Dec 26, 2019
Work on U.S. base at Henoko in Okinawa to cost nearly triple initial estimate
Building the replacement facility is now expected to cost u00a5930 billion, far exceeding its initial u00a5350 billion estimate, the Defense Ministry said Wednesday.
Japan Times
Aug 30, 2019
Another window from U.S. military helicopter falls off, this time into sea off Okinawa
A local bureau of the Defense Ministry reported to the Okinawa Prefectural Government on Thursday that a window of a U.S. Marine Corps helicopter detached from the aircraft and fell into the sea.
Japan Times
Aug 14, 2019
University president seeks closure of U.S. base 15 years after helicopter crash on campus
Staff and students called for the closure of U.S. Marine Corps Air Station Futenma on Tuesday, as they gathered to mark 15 years since a military helicopter from the base crashed on the campus at Okinawa International University.
Japan Times
Jun 5, 2019
Rubber protective tape falls from helicopter onto school grounds in Okinawa, say U.S. Marines
The U.S. Marines in Okinawa said Wednesday that a piece of rubber protective tape attached to a wing blade of a U.S. military helicopter fell onto the grounds of a junior high school in Okinawa the previous day.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Politics / Regional Voices: Okinawa
Jan 10, 2019
Mayor blasts Okinawa Gov. Denny Tamaki as Ginowan city abstains from vote on Henoko land reclamation
Amid long-standing political wrangling over construction of a new U.S. base in Okinawa, the mayor of the city of Ginowan in the prefecture has said the municipality will not participate in a prefectural referendum set to be held over reclamation of land in order to build the new military facility, and has sharply criticized Okinawa Gov. Denny Tamaki over his neutrality on the issue.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Politics
Dec 14, 2018
Futenma U.S. base land in Okinawa unlikely to be returned to Japan in fiscal 2022, Defense Minister Takeshi Iwaya says
Defense Minister Takeshi Iwaya indicated Friday that the return of land occupied by a key U.S. military base in Okinawa will likely not be realized by fiscal 2022, despite the start the same day of full-fledged land reclamation work to build its replacement facility.
Japan Times
Sep 16, 2018
Namie Amuro fans flock to tribute events as Japanese diva says farewell to show business
On Sunday fans across the country flocked to events paying tribute to pop diva Namie Amuro, marking the day she will step out of the spotlight.
Japan Times
CULTURE / Entertainment news
Sep 15, 2018
Pop star Namie Amuro bows out with final performance in Okinawa
Pop star Namie Amuro delivered her final stage performance Sunday as fans from Japan and elsewhere in Asia flocked to Ginowan, Okinawa Prefecture, to bid her farewell.
JAPAN / Politics
Sep 9, 2018
Okinawans vote in key local municipal assembly elections; U.S. base issue tops Nago residents' balloting
Voters in 25 Okinawan cities, towns and villages went to the polls Sunday in key local municipal assembly elections ahead of the Sept. 30 gubernatorial election.
Japan Times
Dec 13, 2017
Metal window frame from U.S. military helicopter falls on elementary school grounds in Okinawa
A metal window frame fell off a U.S. military transport helicopter and onto the grounds of an elementary school in Ginowan, Okinawa Prefecture, on Wednesday, triggering renewed anger and concerns in the municipality where a key U.S. air base is located.


Hideo Shimoju points to a possible site that his fellow neighbors may relocate to. Such relocations have happened before, but not preemptively.
In disaster-prone Japan, some communities consider major moves