No one else wants Okinawa's U.S. bases

National / Media | MEDIA MIX Sep 2, 2017

No one else wants Okinawa's U.S. bases

by Philip Brasor

On Aug. 15, the 72nd anniversary of the Japanese surrender, there was a symposium in Tokyo about changing the Constitution. One of the panelists, documentarian Tatsuya Mori, pointed out that earlier that day Prime Minister Shinzo Abe had given remarks at an annual memorial ...

U.S. Osprey joins joint drill despite opposition in Hokkaido

National / Politics Aug 18, 2017

U.S. Osprey joins joint drill despite opposition in Hokkaido

A U.S. MV-22 Osprey took part Friday in a joint exercise in Hokkaido between the Ground Self-Defense Force and the U.S. Marine Corps. The tilt-rotor transport aircraft joined the exercise amid local opposition spurred by the central government's decision to retract its request for the ...

Japan, U.S. eye nighttime exercise using Osprey in Hokkaido

National Aug 2, 2017

Japan, U.S. eye nighttime exercise using Osprey in Hokkaido

Japan and the United States are considering operating the U.S. military's Osprey aircraft at night as part of an upcoming joint exercise planned in Hokkaido, an official of the Ground Self-Defense Force said Wednesday. The exercise involving GSDF members and U.S. Marines is planned between ...

Ospreys chalk up third emergency landing since December

National Jun 11, 2017

Ospreys chalk up third emergency landing since December

A U.S. Marine Corps Osprey was undamaged and no crew members were injured after the tilt-rotor aircraft made an emergency landing Saturday at Amami airport in Kagoshima Prefecture, a Japanese government source said. The U.S. military explained it was a preventive landing to avoid an ...