Okinawa

Secret plan spurs young people's interest in Okinawa election
Just over half a year has passed since I became a resident of Okinawa Prefecture. In early November, as the Nov. 16 date approached for voting in Okinawa’s gubernatorial...
POINT OF VIEW/ Satoshi Kamata: Abe reveals true intentions after...
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe heads to a meeting of executives of his Liberal Democratic Party on Dec. 15, one day after the LDP scored a decisive victory in the Lower House election. (Shinichi Iizuka)
A disturbingly low 52.66 percent of eligible voters turned out in the Dec. 14 Lower House election, the worst figure in the postwar period. It means that only about one in two...
2014 CHOICE: LDP suffers crushing defeat in Okinawa, a blow to...
Seiken Akamine of the Japanese Communist Party, center, celebrates victory with a traditional Okinawan dance in Naha on Dec. 14. (Haruki Morishita)
Opposition candidates won in all of Okinawa's four single-seat constituencies in the Dec. 14 Lower House election, a sign of growing frustration among voters over the planned...
EDITORIAL: Futenma issue should figure in voters' minds when going ...
New Okinawa Governor Takeshi Onaga speaks at his inaugural news conference in Naha on Dec. 10. (Koichi Ueda)
Takeshi Onaga, who won a landslide victory in last month’s Okinawa gubernatorial election, took office on Dec. 10. Onaga campaigned on a platform that opposed the central...
VOX POPULI: Secrets law conceals fact that lying is part and...
Holding placards, people sit in to protest the state secrets protection law in Kumamoto’s Chuo Ward on Dec. 10, the day the controversial law took into effect. (Kota Hatachi)
A lie can do no real harm when it is so outlandish that no one would ever believe it. The person lied to may just laugh it off, and the one who told the fib is not going to be...
Onaga's campaign much like an Okinawan declaration of independence
Takeshi Onaga, the former mayor of Naha who called for an “all-Okinawa” mobilization, won the prefecture’s gubernatorial election on Nov. 16, defeating incumbent Governor ...
Prominent U.S. scholar says Henoko relocation no long-term...
Joseph S. Nye, a Harvard University professor and former U.S. assistant secretary of defense, responds to a question during an interview with The Asahi Shimbun. (Naoki Tsuzaka)
WASHINGTON--A prominent U.S. scholar who was once closely involved in formulating U.S. policy toward Japan said relocating U.S. Marine Corps Air Station Futenma to the Henoko...
Chinese coral poachers rife in western Japan; international rules...
Japan Coast Guard officers search a Chinese fishing boat in waters off Kagoshima Prefecture on Nov. 17. (Provided by the 10th Regional Coast Guard Headquarters)
Although the Japan Coast Guard has recently been taking tougher measures to thwart coral poachers off the Ogasawara island chain south of Tokyo, the problem remains unresolved.
Similarities come into focus in talk of nuclear plants, U.S. bases ...
The first construction project for a nuclear power plant in Vietnam is proceeding in Ninh Thuan province, on the country's south-central coast.
Onaga: Orderly approach needed to cancel reclamation work for U.S. ...
Takeshi Onaga speaks to media representatives in Naha on Nov. 17, a day after he won the Okinawa gubernatorial election. (Koichi Ueda)
NAHA--Okinawa Governor-elect Takeshi Onaga said he will take a step-by-step approach with the central government in his plan to rescind approval of a land reclamation project...
Futenma land fetches high prices amid expectations for base...
A flier for a land plot currently occupied by U.S. Marine Corps Air Station Futenma in Ginowan (Satoshi Okumura)
NAHA--The value of plots of land currently rented by the government to house U.S. Marine Corps Air Station Futenma in Ginowan has been on the rise since relocation of the base...
Municipal leaders eager to get a piece of the casino gambling...
Yumeshima, a man-made island under construction in Osaka Bay (Masaki Yamamoto)
Local governments from Hokkaido to Okinawa are putting all their chips in on efforts to host a possible “casino special zone” in hopes of reviving their long-stagnated...
Dolphin with prosthetic tail dies at 45 at Okinawa aquarium
Fuji, the bottlenose dolphin who was fitted with an artificial tail fin, performs a jump at the Churaumi Aquarium in Motobu, Okinawa Prefecture, in November 2013. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
MOTOBU, Okinawa Prefecture--Fuji, the female bottlenose dolphin who was fitted with a prosthetic tail and regained her ability to jump, died Nov. 1 of infectious hepatitis.
VOX POPULI: Election an opportunity for Okinawans to assert their...
A U.S. aircraft on a training flight over a residential area near the U.S. Marine Corps Air Station Futenma in Ginowan, Okinawa Prefecture, on Oct. 29 (Koichi Ueda)
Who are we? Most mainland Japanese do not wonder about it in their daily lives. But it is probably a question many people in Okinawa Prefecture ask themselves constantly.
ANALYSIS: Okinawa election revolves around distance from central...
Former Naha Mayor Takeshi Onaga gives his first campaign speech for the Nov. 16 Okinawa gubernatorial election, which kicked off on Oct. 30. (Koichi Ueda)
NAHA--A clear-cut difference in policy over U.S. military presence is one of the various features that make the Okinawa gubernatorial election different from previous polls in...
EDITORIAL: For Okinawa voters, Futenma relocation not an ‘issue...
Voters in Ginowan, Okinawa Prefecture, listen to a candidate for the gubernatorial election on Oct. 30, the start of official campaigning. (The Asahi Shimbun)
The official campaign period for the Nov. 16 Okinawa gubernatorial election began on Oct. 30.
Okinawa election divided over base relocation puts Ginowan...
Osprey transport aircraft stationed at the U.S. Marine Corps Air Station Futenma in Ginowan, Okinawa Prefecture, on Oct. 29 (Koichi Ueda)
GINOWAN, Okinawa Prefecture--Voters in Ginowan face a difficult choice as campaigning kicked off Oct. 30 for an Okinawa gubernatorial election split over the contentious...
Long-time personal attendant reveals human side of Emperor Showa
Morisuke Makino talks about his years serving as a personal attendant to Emperor Showa. (Ayako Nakada)
Emperor Showa emerges as a thoughtful and forgiving man who kept a tight rein on his emotions and found humor in the most unlikely situations, according to those who worked...
30 injured in southwestern Japan as typhoon batters Okinawa
A road is flooded from the effects of approaching Typhoon No. 19 and the high tide in Nishihara, Okinawa Prefecture, on Oct. 11. (Provided by The Okinawa Times)
Thirty people were injured in southwestern Japan as an extremely powerful typhoon packing strong winds and heavy rain lashed the region before sweeping north toward the...
Politician retracts slur against indigenous Okinawans
Moriyuki Teruya, a member of the Okinawa prefectural assembly and the secretary-general of the ruling Liberal Democratic Party’s prefectural chapter (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
NAHA--An Okinawa assemblyman was forced to apologize after he was accused of insulting the island’s indigenous people by associating their traditional dress with “rags”...