June 07, 2013
Osaka Mayor Toru Hashimoto and Osaka Governor Ichiro Matsui told Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on June 6 they would allow Yao Airport in the prefecture to host some training...
May 29, 2013
WASHINGTON--The United States takes the challenges posed by China and a host of other nations in the Asia-Pacific region seriously, said the chief of staff to the U.S. defense...
May 05, 2013
NAHA--Even after nearly 60 years, Hozumi Maehara vividly remembers how he was cruelly interrogated by a U.S. military intelligence agent--with all his clothes stripped away.
April 30, 2013
WASHINGTON--The U.S. will deploy a second squadron of the MV-22 Osprey to Okinawa despite controversy over the aircraft, officials said on April 29.
April 08, 2013
Tokyo and Washington thrashed out a plan to return to Japan tracts of land used for U.S. military facilities in Okinawa Prefecture as a step to reduce the southern...
April 06, 2013
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe attempted to hold firm in the April 5 agreement on the return of land in Okinawa Prefecture, trying to appease the locals while reaching a compromise...
April 06, 2013
NAHA—Protest banners, raised fists and angry shouts greeted Defense Minister Itsunori Onodera after he landed in Okinawa Prefecture on April 6.
April 05, 2013
Japan and the United States announced on April 5 that the return of land currently being occupied by U.S. Marine Corps Air Station Futenma in Okinawa Prefecture will become...
March 23, 2013
The Defense Ministry on March 22 submitted a land reclamation application to Okinawa Prefecture to build a new airfield off Henoko, in the city of Nago, that would replace the...
March 22, 2013
Many people expected Yukio Hatoyama to bring about major change in Japan after an August 2009 Lower House election swept the Democratic Party of Japan to power.
March 08, 2013
In Aesop's fable "The Donkey and the Frogs," a donkey loses his footing and falls down while crossing a pond. Unable to get up, the donkey brays in misery.
March 05, 2013
The government is initiating formal procedures to relocate the U.S. Marine Corps Air Station Futenma, located in the densely populated city of Ginowan, Okinawa Prefecture, to...
January 08, 2013
The return to power of the Liberal Democratic Party in the Dec. 16 Lower House election after three years of Democratic Party of Japan rule was more a voter repudiation of the...
October 15, 2012
Late night and early morning takeoffs and landings of newly deployed Osprey aircraft at the U.S. Futenma airfield in Okinawa Prefecture are set to rise sharply while pilots...
October 04, 2012
Protests in Okinawa Prefecture have generally quieted down after culminating into a huge prefectural-level demonstration. But the rallies against the U.S. military’s...
October 02, 2012
At this time of the year, we often see migratory birds resting their wings near water in areas across Japan. These birds, many belonging to the plover and snipe families, breed ...
October 01, 2012
GINOWAN, Okinawa Prefecture--Six Osprey aircraft arrived Oct. 1 at the U.S. Marine Corps Air Station Futenma here as hundreds of islanders protested over safety concerns.
July 23, 2012
Amid protests on land and sea, the U.S. military began offloading 12 MV-22 Osprey transport aircraft at U.S. Marine Corps Air Station Iwakuni in Yamaguchi Prefecture on July 23.
July 16, 2012
WASHINGTON--High-ranking U.S. Air Force officers went to great lengths to rule out mechanical failure as the major cause of a fatal crash of the Osprey transport aircraft, the...
June 23, 2012
Some birds are capable of amazing feats in flight.