National May 17, 2013

LDP wants Osprey aircraft for SDF to beef up island defense

The Liberal Democratic Party plans to propose that the Self-Defense Forces be equipped with U.S.-built Osprey transport aircraft, party sources said. Introducing the tilt-rotor MV-22 Osprey would show Japan's resolve to enhance its defense capabilities, mainly on remote isles such as the Senkaku Islands. However, public ...

Another 12 Ospreys headed to Japan in July, bound for Futenma

National Mar 31, 2013

Another 12 Ospreys headed to Japan in July, bound for Futenma

Japan and the United States are arranging to ship a second batch of 12 MV-22 Osprey aircraft in July, likely to a Marine Corps base in the Chugoku region before their deployment in Okinawa, sources close to bilateral relations revealed Saturday. As with the first ...

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, ...

GSDF personnel train on Ospreys for the first time

National Feb 15, 2013

GSDF personnel train on Ospreys for the first time

Ground Self-Defense Force personnel boarded MV-22 Osprey aircraft for training for the first time Wednesday. During a joint drill open to the media, about 50 members of the GSDF Western Army Infantry Regiment for defending Japan's remote islands boarded four of the tilt-rotor aircraft to ...

Okinawa leaders urge Abe to remove Osprey

National Jan 29, 2013

Okinawa leaders urge Abe to remove Osprey

About 30 municipal heads in Okinawa urged Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Monday to rescind the government's approval of the MV-22 Osprey deployment at U.S. Marine Corps Air Station Futenma. The chiefs, including Naha Mayor Takeshi Onaga and Nago Mayor Susumu Inamine, handed the prime ...

Scholar tries to ease Okinawa's U.S. pains

National Nov 24, 2012

Scholar tries to ease Okinawa's U.S. pains

by Ayako Mie

Three years ago, Robert Eldridge gave up his associate professorship at Osaka University to work on behalf of the U.S. Marine Corps in Okinawa. He said he thought he could make bigger contributions to U.S.-Japan relations in the prefecture than by teaching about the ...