May 13, 2017

Rainy season starts in Okinawa and Amami

The rainy season appears to have started in Okinawa and Amami, the Meteorological Agency said Saturday. The start is four days later than average for Okinawa and two days later for Kagoshima Prefecture's Amami, but three days earlier than last year for both regions, according ...

Defense chief Inada censures U.S. parachuting drill at Kadena

May 12, 2017

Defense chief Inada censures U.S. parachuting drill at Kadena

Defense Minister Tomomi Inada on Friday expressed displeasure with a recent U.S. parachuting drill at Kadena Air Base on Okinawa and said it might have flouted a bilateral accord. Inada said U.S. parachute drop training should be "basically" conducted at an airfield on nearby Ie ...

May 8, 2017

An alternative to the Henoko plan

Instead of clinging to the Henoko plan, the Abe administration should at least explore an alternative to the Futenma relocation project, which could prevent its confrontation with Okinawa from developing into a situation in which local sentiment deepens against the U.S. military presence on ...

More Chinese naval ships sail through Miyako Strait

Apr 28, 2017

More Chinese naval ships sail through Miyako Strait

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The Chinese Navy has again sent vessels through the Miyako Strait, a strategic entryway into the Western Pacific between the islands of Miyako and Okinawa, as part of drills, Chinese state-run media said. The exercises, held Thursday, are the latest near Japanese territory as the ...