Abe firm on Futenma but vows respite

National Mar 20, 2013

Abe firm on Futenma but vows respite

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said Tuesday that his government will make efforts to ease Okinawa's burden of hosting the bulk of U.S. military bases in Japan and promote the prefecture's economic development. "There are still many U.S. military facilities, imposing large burdens on the people ...

National / Crime & Legal Mar 14, 2013

U.S. airman found guilty of injuring boy in Okinawa

The Naha District Court sentenced a U.S. airman to one year in prison, suspended for three years, for intruding into an apartment, injuring a junior high school boy and destroying a TV set during a drunken spress last November in Okinawa. Matthew Haist, 24, stationed ...

Futenma replacement to stay in Okinawa: Abe

National / Politics Mar 12, 2013

Futenma replacement to stay in Okinawa: Abe

Despite the outcry in Okinawa, replacing U.S. Marine Corps Air Station Futenma with a new base outside the prefecture will be difficult given Japan's worsening security environment, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe warned Monday. Addressing a Diet committee, Abe also criticized North Korea for ratcheting up ...

National Mar 9, 2013

2020 eyed for Okinawa marine shift

The U.S. military aims to complete the redeployment to Guam of marine elements now in Okinawa by 2020, according to recent congressional testimony by Adm. Samuel Locklear, commander of the U.S. Pacific Command, and other sources. It is the first time the U.S. forces have ...

Jurors stress 'fairness' of sentences for rapists

National / Crime & Legal Mar 7, 2013

Jurors stress 'fairness' of sentences for rapists

After helping deliver prison sentences Friday to two U.S. servicemen guilty of rape, lay judges in a high-profile trial in Okinawa said they suppressed personal emotions to keep their judgment unclouded by anger toward the U.S. military bases in the prefecture. "The defendant is punished ...

National Mar 2, 2013

U.S. sailors get nine, 10 years for rape

Two U.S. sailors were given prison terms of nine and 10 years on Friday for raping and injuring a Japanese woman in her 20s in Okinawa in October. A panel of three professional and six lay judges at the Naha District Court handed a 10-year ...

Fifth Okinawa fest celebrates community films

Film Mar 1, 2013

Fifth Okinawa fest celebrates community films

by Mark Schilling

Since its start in 2009, the Okinawa International Movie Festival has been more than its name implies. It has the usual competition sections: one called Laugh for comedies and another called Peace for dramas, though not all the films fit neatly into these two ...

Sailors plead guilty to Okinawa rape

National / Crime & Legal Feb 27, 2013

Sailors plead guilty to Okinawa rape

Two U.S. sailors pleaded guilty Tuesday to raping and injuring a woman in her 20s in Okinawa last October. A lawyer for Petty Officer 3rd Class Skyler Dozierwalker, 23, from Fort Worth Naval Air Base in Texas, told the Naha District Court that he committed ...

National Feb 24, 2013

Anti-Osprey group set to disband

Saying it has "served a certain mission," the organizing committee of a major rally against the deployment last year of MV-22 Ospreys to a U.S. air base in Okinawa announced Friday it will disband. Comprising representatives of the Okinawa Prefectural Assembly and other municipal bodies, ...