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

/ | Sep 2, 2017

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

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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 ...

Japan Coast Guard may have hard time probing Marines Osprey mishap

Dec 16, 2016

Japan Coast Guard may have hard time probing Marines Osprey mishap

The Japan Coast Guard is expected to face difficulties investigating Tuesday's crash of an MV-22 Osprey of the U.S. Marine Corps, due to the bilateral status of forces agreement, which limits Japan's criminal jurisdiction in cases involving the U.S. military. The tilt-rotor transport aircraft carrying ...

Jul 10, 2016

SOFA-related change falls short

Japan should renegotiate the Status of Forces Agreement it has with the U.S. so it can have greater jurisdiction over crimes committed by Americans with U.S. military ties.

/ Jul 4, 2016

Deal reached on U.S. base worker status in Japan

The Japanese and U.S. governments have agreed to narrow the extent to which American citizens can be granted preferential treatment under the bilateral pact that governs jurisdiction over U.S. military personnel and base workers, according to a draft agreement obtained Monday. The move comes amid ...