Yokota said candidate for Ospreys

National Jul 30, 2013

Yokota said candidate for Ospreys

Gen. Herbert Carlisle, commander of the U.S. Pacific Air Forces, indicated Monday that besides the Kadena base in Okinawa, Yokota Air Base in western Tokyo is a possible candidate site to host CV-22 Osprey transport aircraft. Speaking to reporters in Washington, Carlisle said discussions on ...

National Jul 29, 2013

Dioxin found in buried barrels near Kadena

by Mizuho Aoki

The Okinawa Defense Bureau recently found dioxin and other hazardous chemicals from barrels unearthed at a former U.S. military installation in the city of Okinawa, officials said Monday, suggesting they may have contained herbicides or agricultural chemicals. The bureau, however, said the possibility that the ...

Exclusive: Red Hat's lethal Okinawa smokescreen

Life Jul 27, 2013

Exclusive: Red Hat's lethal Okinawa smokescreen

by Jon Mitchell

In July 1969, a leak of chemical weapons on Okinawa sickened more than 20 U.S. soldiers and laid bare one of the Pentagon's biggest Cold War secrets: the storage of toxic munitions outside of continental United States. Public outrage following the Okinawa accident forced the ...

Okinawans explore secession option

National Jul 11, 2013

Okinawans explore secession option

by Mizuho Aoki

Okinawans are losing patience with Tokyo's repeated vows to reduce the prefecture's burden of hosting U.S. military installations and other hollow pledges, and some are seriously looking into the possibility of having the territory secede from Japan. On May 15, the ...

Abe vows at rites to ease Okinawa pain

National Jun 24, 2013

Abe vows at rites to ease Okinawa pain

Residents and government officials marked the 68th anniversary Sunday of the end of the World War II Battle of Okinawa, which left more than 240,000 people dead, with Prime Minister Shinzo Abe pledging to ease the concentration of U.S. bases in the prefecture. A memorial ...

Sand, sea and stars on idyllic Akajima

Travel Jun 16, 2013

Sand, sea and stars on idyllic Akajima

by Hillel Wright

Back in 1972 when I first lived on Denman Island in the Georgia Strait of British Columbia between Vancouver and Vancouver Island, I was one of about 300 residents. By the time I left 25 years later for Japan, its population had just topped ...

Okinawa pitches Futenma 'dispersal'

National Jun 14, 2013

Okinawa pitches Futenma 'dispersal'

by Eric Johnston

Okinawa contacted the office of the U.S. secretary of defense earlier this week with proposals to relocate the contingent at U.S. Marine Corps Air Station Futenma to other parts of Japan outside the prefecture, saying there are 35 commercial airports and military facilities, from ...