Apr 7, 2015

Oregon governor's drought emergency declaration expanded

Oregon Gov. Kate Brown declared a drought emergency on Monday in three southern and central Oregon counties, expanding upon earlier drought declarations the Democrat made in March, as the state faces record low snowpack levels. Continuing drought has caused "natural and economic disaster conditions" in ...

Jan 27, 2015

Panel to check former governor's OK of Futenma transfer

In a bid to block the planned relocation of the Futenma military base within Okinawa, the prefectural government has created a panel to examine the last governor's approval of the offshore landfill project for the new site. The six-member panel, including lawyers and environmental experts, ...

New Saga governor reconsiders Osprey deployment proposal

Jan 15, 2015

New Saga governor reconsiders Osprey deployment proposal

New Saga Gov. Yoshinori Yamaguchi said Wednesday he will undertake a new review of the proposal to militarize Saga airport by letting the Ground Self-Defense Force deploy a fleet of Osprey tilt-rotor aircraft there. His predecessor had supported the plan. "I will deal with the issue ...

Dec 12, 2014

Okinawa governor may suspend Henoko landfill work

New Okinawa Gov. Takeshi Onaga said Friday the prefectural government will consider rescinding its approval of landfill work needed to host a contentious U.S. military base. "If there is any defect in it, I will consider scrapping it," said Onaga, referring to the approval granted ...