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Commercial and residential buildings are seen on Ishigaki Island, in Okinawa Prefecture.
JAPAN
Mar 30, 2024
Japan to set up new shelters on southwestern islands
The central government has picked five municipalities on the Sakishima southwestern islands in Okinawa Prefecture.
A Ground Self-Defense Force UH-60JA helicopter
JAPAN
Mar 15, 2024
GSDF fails to determine exact cause of fatal 2023 chopper crash
The incident was the deadliest ever involving a GSDF aircraft, killing all 10 personnel on board.
The wreckage of a Ground Self-Defense Force helicopter is salvaged by a vessel off Ikema Island in Okinawa Prefecture last May.
JAPAN / Politics
Mar 11, 2024
GSDF probe fails to identify cause of deadly helicopter crash
The cause of the crash that killed all 10 on board could not be pinpointed because part of the flight recorder data was damaged.
A plan is being considered to transfer residents and tourists from the Sakishima islands via Kagoshima and Fukuoka airports in the event of a Taiwan contingency.
JAPAN
Feb 28, 2024
Japan mulls Taiwan contingency evacuation routes for remote islands
The envisioned evacuation plans will be drawn up by prefectural governments in fiscal 2024.
The “myahk,” a community currency implemented on Okinawa Prefecture’s Miyako Island in 2018, is intimately tied to local efforts for environmental preservation.
LIFE / Lifestyle / Longform
Feb 10, 2024
Japanese communities are creating currencies to educate and empower citizens
The yen will do when paying for things throughout the country. In some places, though, you may try paying with a coin that also helps reduce plastic waste.
Former MLB star Ichiro Suzuki works with high school students during a session as a special instructor on the island of Miyakojima in Okinawa Prefecture on Dec. 16.
BASEBALL
Dec 18, 2023
Ichiro goes back to school again as a special instructor
The 50-year-old, who retired in March 2019, has now worked with eight schools.
Japan Times
JAPAN
Jun 18, 2023
Memorial service held for victims of April GSDF chopper crash
The Ground Self-Defense Force is investigating the cause of the accident by analyzing the salvaged wreckage and the helicopter's flight data recorders.
Japan Times
JAPAN
May 2, 2023
Part of SDF helicopter wreckage recovered from seabed
The operation brought the wreckage up from 106 meters below the surface north of Irabu Island.
Japan Times
JAPAN
Apr 21, 2023
GSDF confirms 8th Division commanding general among dead in chopper crash
The announcement of Lt. Gen. Yuichi Sakamoto's death comes more than two weeks after a chopper he was in crashed off Okinawa's Miyako Island with 10 aboard.
Japan Times
COMMENTARY / Japan
Apr 21, 2023
Memorializing those lost in the GSDF helicopter crash
All 10 SDF members on board a helicopter that crashed in the Miyako Island group are believed to have died in the crash.
Japan Times
JAPAN
Apr 17, 2023
SDF working to recover three bodies after two from missing chopper officially confirmed dead
The SDF was continuing efforts to locate the others who had been aboard the helicopter after the first official confirmation of deaths since the chopper disappeared earlier this month.
Japan Times
JAPAN
Apr 16, 2023
Two who were aboard missing SDF chopper confirmed dead after five bodies found
Earlier in the day, the GSDF said five bodies and part of the UH-60JA helicopter, which went missing with 10 personnel aboard off Okinawa Prefecture in early April, had been located.
Japan Times
JAPAN
Apr 14, 2023
Several bodies from missing SDF chopper likely found, source says
The latest discoveries come after searchers on Thursday night located what appeared to be a body and a major part of the UH-60JA helicopter.
Japan Times
JAPAN
Apr 12, 2023
Japan dismisses speculation of China link to SDF chopper accident
The Defense Ministry has not found any links between China and the apparent crash on April 6 of the helicopter off Miyako Island, a ministry spokesman told a news conference.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Regional Voices: Okinawa
Oct 16, 2020
SDF still building Miyakojima depot despite protests and land row
The Okinawa Defense Bureau has been unable to acquire 0.6 hectares of the site due to a dispute between a company and individuals who both claim ownership.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Regional Voices: Okinawa
Apr 24, 2020
Okinawa islanders conflicted over tourism amid virus pandemic
As more people in Tokyo and elsewhere were beginning to hole up at home during the coronavirus pandemic, others were venturing out to visit islands in Okinawa Prefecture.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Regional Voices: Okinawa
Apr 21, 2019
Worker influx ignites resort island rent bubble on Miyakojima
An influx of construction workers to meet the demands of the tourism boom on the Okinawan resort island of Miyakojima is creating severe apartment shortages, sending rents higher.
Japan Times
JAPAN
Apr 7, 2019
Japan defense chief vows to defend territory in visit to new GSDF base on distant southwest island
During a visit to a newly opened Ground Self-Defense Force base on Miyako Island, Defense Minister Takeshi Iwaya highlights Japan's resolve to defend its far-flung territory amid China's maritime assertiveness.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Politics
Mar 26, 2019
GSDF launches new bases in Kagoshima and Okinawa for defense of Japan's southwestern islands
The Ground Self-Defense Force launched new camps on Amami Oshima island in Kagoshima Prefecture and Miyako Island in Okinawa Prefecture on Tuesday, as part of its moves to enhance the defense of southwestern islands in the country.
JAPAN
Jul 19, 2018
In crackdown on illegal foreign fishing boats, Japan Coast Guard to station patrol ships in Ogasawara Islands
The Japan Coast Guard is planning to deploy patrol ships to the Ogasawara Islands, about 1,000 km south of Tokyo, with the aim of strengthening its capabilities of cracking down on illegal foreign fishing boats, a government official said Wednesday.

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