Okinawa

OMIYAGE FROM JAPAN: 'Chanpuru' culture melds Okinawan, Mexican...
Several packs of ready-to-eat taco-seasoned ground meat are available in a box, right, or in a plastic package. (Chae-soo Choi)
Editor's note: This series showcases various kinds of "omiyage" (souvenirs) from around Japan. We introduce you to "must-buy" items that you can get at prefecture-operated...
Japan's first national park in 27 years home to humpbacks, coral...
A humpback whale leaps out of the water in the seas off the Kerama Islands in Okinawa Prefecture. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
Popular with whale watchers and divers, the Kerama Islands and surrounding waters in Okinawa Prefecture were designated a national park on March 5, the first such selection...
EDITORIAL: Disappointment at the mainland growing in Okinawa
Protesters opposing the relocation of U.S. Marine Corps Air Station Futenma to the Henoko district occupy the lobby of the Okinawa prefectural government building on Dec. 27, 2013. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
In recent years, people in Okinawa have been expressing their resentment with increasingly strong words about how they are treated by mainland Japan.
Oldest signs of Japanese using tools uncovered in Okinawa
These 20,000-year-old shell artifacts, on display in Naha, have chips at their tops and are believed to have served as blades. (Shunsuke Nakamura)
NAHA, Okinawa Prefecture--Archaeologists have unearthed shell tools around 20,000 years old that could help clear up mysteries surrounding the ancestors of modern Japanese...
EDITORIAL: Education ministry should tread lightly in applying...
The civics textbook used by junior high school students in Taketomi, Okinawa Prefecture (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
If the government wants to resolve a dispute, it should refrain from resorting to high-handed and unilateral measures.
Nago mayor tells Kennedy of his opposition to Futenma base...
U.S. Ambassador Caroline Kennedy heads toward Shuri High School after visiting Shuri Castle on Feb. 12. (Shoma Fujiwaki)
NAHA--Making her first visit to Okinawa as U.S. ambassador to Japan, Caroline Kennedy met Feb. 12 with a vocal opponent of moves to relocate the U.S. Marine Corps Air Station...
Okinawan girl opposing base relocation awaits reply from Kennedy
Wakana Toguchi reads a letter she sent to U.S. Ambassador Caroline Kennedy in December at a rally in front of the Okinawa prefectural government building on Feb. 11. (Shoma Fujiwaki)
NAHA--Schoolgirl Wakana Toguchi keeps checking the mailbox every day for a reply to the letter she sent to U.S. Ambassador to Japan Caroline Kennedy in December, certain that...
U.S. ambassador visits Okinawa amid base relocation plans
U.S. Ambassador to Japan Caroline Kennedy, left, hands a copy of an application for a Japanese visa completed by former President John F. Kennedy, her late father, to Okinawa Governor Hirokazu Nakaima before their meeting in Naha, Okinawa Prefecture, on Feb. 12. (Yosuke Fukudome)
NAHA, Okinawa Prefecture--U.S. Ambassador to Japan Caroline Kennedy has made her first visit to the southernmost island of Okinawa, hoping to get support for a contentious plan ...
Documents show inconsistent judgments in U.S. military sex-crimes...
In this March 23, 2008 file photo, a protester holds a placard during a rally against an alleged rape in February of a 14-year-old girl by an American serviceman in Okinawa islands, southwestern Japan. (AP photo)
At U.S. military bases in Japan, most service members found culpable in sex crimes in recent years did not go to prison, according to internal Department of Defense documents....
Okinawa Solution, Elusive as Ever (The New York Times)
The American and Japanese governments may have thought they had finally struck a deal to resolve a long-festering dispute over the United States military presence on Okinawa,...
Local publishers find new life by digitizing out-of-print,...
The e-book edition of a book of  the Okinawa Bunko series, above, and the original paper editions (Koichi Anzai)
With book sales on decline across Japan, long-established bookstores with roots in local communities have slowly begun disappearing.
VOX POPULI: Drawing parallels to the issues of hosting U.S. bases...
The relocation of the U.S. Marine Corps Air Station Futenma in Ginowan, Okinawa Prefecture, to Nago, also in the prefecture, was agreed to by Japan and the United States due in part to safety concerns for local residents. The airfield is in close proximity to residential areas. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
Seiroku Kajiyama (1926-2000) devoted himself to the thorny issue of U.S. military bases in Japan while serving as chief Cabinet secretary under Prime Minister Ryutaro Hashimoto ...
Re-elected Nago mayor says he can stop move of U.S. base to his...
Re-elected Nago Mayor Susumu Inamine performs an Okinawa traditional dance with supporters after winning the city's mayoral election on Jan. 19. (Shoma Fujiwaki)
Nago Mayor Susumu Inamine renewed his opposition to the relocation of the U.S. military's Futenma base to Nago in Okinawa Prefecture a day after he won re-election by a...
Base opponent Inamine won in Nago mayor election
Incumbent mayor of Nago Susumu Inamine, center, celebrates winning re-election with supporters in Nago, Okinawa Prefecture on Jan. 19. (The Asahi Shimbun)
Base-relocation opponent Susumu Inamine won a second-term in Jan. 19's mayoral race in Nago, Okinawa Prefecture, which is being closely watched from Washington to Tokyo as a...
U.S. defense chief calls on Japan to improve relations with...
U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel and U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry visit the secular Chidorigafuchi National Cemetery in Tokyo on Oct. 3, 2013, where the remains of more than 350,000 unidentified war dead from World War II are laid to rest. (Pool)
U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel urged Japan to improve relations with its neighbors in a conversation that was postponed following Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s visit to...
Another Step Forward on Okinawa (The New York Times)
For nearly two decades, Japan and the United States have been mired in a dispute over the American military presence on Okinawa. Late last month, the two sides took an...
Okinawans seek to overturn approval for Futenma relocation work
Protesters opposing the relocation of U.S. Marine Corps Air Station Futenma to the Henoko district occupy the lobby of the Okinawa prefectural government building on Dec. 27. (Takeshi Iwashita)
NAHA--Opponents to the relocation of U.S. Marine Corps Air Station Futenma within Okinawa Prefecture plan to ask a court to cancel the governor’s approval for reclamation of...
Abe grossly misjudged U.S. reaction before making Yasukuni visit
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe after he offered prayers at Yasukuni Shrine in Tokyo on Dec. 26 (Satoru Semba)
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe appears to have badly misjudged Washington's reaction to his surprise Dec. 26 visit to Yasukuni Shrine.
Okinawa governor says he can still hold his head high
Okinawa Governor Hirokazu Nakaima announces his decision to approve the government's reclamation request during a news conference held in Naha, Okinawa Prefecture, on Dec. 27. (Shoma Fujiwaki)
NAHA--Okinawa Governor Hirokazu Nakaima is rejecting charges from critics that he reneged on his promise made during the 2010 gubernatorial race that he would seek to relocate...
EDITORIAL: Serious efforts needed to ease base burden on Okinawa
U.S. Marine Corps Air Station Futenma (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
Okinawa Governor Hirokazu Nakaima on Dec. 27 signed off on the central government’s plan to reclaim land off the coast of Henoko in Nago, a city in Okinawa Prefecture, to...