Okinawa

Okinawa plays two more cards to block U.S. base relocation
Okinawa Governor Takeshi Onaga gives the keynote speech at a July 29 symposium in Tokyo sponsored by The Asahi Shimbun. (Tetsuro Takehana)
Okinawa's governor has gained ground in his fight against the relocation of a U.S. base after the prefecture's government released a report finding "legal defects" relating to...
Yonaguni: From paradise island to military base
Stepping out from Yonaguni Airport’s tiny passenger terminal and turning right down its only access road toward the village of Kubura, one would probably expect a quiet walk...
Okinawa assembly adopts ordinance to block Futenma relocation
The central government plans to reclaim the sea area around the Henoko district in Nago, Okinawa Prefecture, to relocate the Futenma air base. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
NAHA, Okinawa Prefecture--In the name of nature preservation, the Okinawa prefectural assembly has set up a stumbling block for the central government as it attempts to...
Concerns raised in Okinawa hearing about security legislation
Lower House members at a local hearing on security legislation held in Naha on July 6 listen to, from right: Nago Mayor Susumu Inamine; Masahide Ota, a former Okinawa governor; Nanjo Mayor Keishun Koja; Tomokazu Takamine, former president of The Ryukyu Shimpo; and Ishigaki Mayor Yoshitaka Nakayama. (Satoru Semba)
Opposition party-selected speakers demanded a retraction of the security bills now being deliberated in the Diet, while those picked by the ruling coalition expressed support...
POINT OF VIEW/ Eiji Oguma: Weakened LDP power base allows Abe to...
Toshinobu Nakasato, far right, in front of the Diet building in December with other Lower House members elected from Okinawa Prefecture (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
Many policy goals of the administration of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, such as the push for national security legislation and nuclear energy, lack public support.
EDITORIAL: Diet should pay more attention to Okinawa’s views...
From left: Nago Mayor Susumu Inamine, former Okinawa Governor Masahide Ota and Nanjo Mayor Keishun Koja at a Lower House special committee hearing in Naha on July 6 (Photos by Satoru Semba)
The Lower House special committee to discuss new security legislation held a session in Naha, the capital of Okinawa Prefecture, on June 6 to hear testimony from five unsworn...
Hawaii state senator meets birth mother after almost half a century
Glenn Wakai with his birth mother, Yoko Boughton (Provided by Glenn Wakai)
State Senator Glenn Wakai of Hawaii was given up by his teenage birth mother for adoption 47 years ago, but a number of unique circumstances led to their reunion.
After meeting Suga, Onaga signals 'serious talks from now'
Okinawa Governor Takeshi Onaga meets reporters after talks with Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga in Tokyo on July 4. (Tetsuro Takehana)
Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga and Okinawa Governor Takeshi Onaga held talks July 4 that bypassed the U.S. military base issue but touched upon disparaging remarks...
Abe apologizes over LDP group's remarks to avoid delay in security ...
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe answers questions in a Diet session on security legislation on July 3. (Shinichi Iizuka)
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe apologized in the Diet on July 3 over controversial remarks made in a study group meeting of his ruling Liberal Democratic Party against the media and ...
Okinawa editors, FCCJ lambaste LDP study group comments
Kazuhiko Taketomi, left, editor in chief of The Okinawa Times, and Yoshikazu Shiohira, editor in chief of The Ryukyu Shimpo, speak before the Japan National Press Club on July 2. (Kengo Hiyoshi)
The top editors at two Okinawa newspapers said the “arrogant” comments made at a meeting of ruling Liberal Democratic Party lawmakers were “baseless slander that cannot...
LDP to dismiss division leader amid uproar over study group session
Minoru Kihara, director of the Liberal Democratic Party's Youth Division (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
The ruling Liberal Democratic Party decided to dismiss Minoru Kihara as director of the party’s Youth Division after comments made at a study group he heads sparked outrage...
Okinawa moves forward on ordinance to stall U.S. base construction
The Henoko district of Nago, Okinawa Prefecture, the site for a planned U.S. military base (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
NAHA--The Okinawa prefectural assembly started discussing a proposed ordinance to regulate dirt and sand brought into the prefecture, an initiative that could hinder...
EDITORIAL: Lawmakers’ remarks about media underscore LDP’s...
Naoki Hyakuta delivers a speech at a meeting of young Liberal Democratic Party lawmakers at the party's headquarters in Tokyo on June 25. (Shinichi Iizuka)
The verbal attacks by young members of the Liberal Democratic Party against news media are so out of line that it is hard to believe the words really came out of the mouths of...
Pro-Abe lawmakers offer plan to 'punish' media; Hyakuta wants...
Naoki Hyakuta delivers a speech at a meeting of young Liberal Democratic Party lawmakers at the party's headquarters in Tokyo on June 25. (Shinichi Iizuka)
Young ruling party lawmakers and a best-selling novelist close to Prime Minister Shinzo Abe lambasted the two leading dailies in Okinawa Prefecture for opposing the...
VOX POPULI: June 23 should not be only day when media focus...
Masaru Chinen recites his poem during the memorial ceremony held on June 23 at the Peace Memorial Park in Itoman's Mabuni district. (Satoru Semba)
I receive all sorts of questions every day from readers of this column. One of the most-asked questions in recent years concerned the meaning of this poem: “623, 8689815/...
EDITORIAL: Tokyo, Washington must give Okinawa the future it fully ...
Okinawa Governor Takeshi Onaga, third from left, stands up as Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, left, leaves the site of the memorial ceremony for those killed in the 1945 Battle of Okinawa, held on June 23 in Itoman, Okinawa Prefecture. (The Asahi Shimbun)
The people of Okinawa marked Okinawa memorial day on June 23, 70 years after more than 200,000 people, including noncombatant civilians, were killed in the Battle of Okinawa.
MEMORIAL DAY: Residents, soldiers used as pawns by Japanese...
Natural caves in Okinawa, such as the Itokazu Abuchiragama cave shown here, were used by local residents and Japanese soldiers as a hiding place during World War II. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
Sachiko Tokumoto sells flowers that visitors have been laying in front of the "Konpaku no To" memorial to war victims in Itoman, near the southern tip of the main Okinawa...
MEMORIAL DAY: Japanese suffered from heavy presence of U.S bases...
Children wave at passing U.S. military vehicles in Ginoza, Okinawa Prefecture, on June 4. (Takuya Isayama)
An 11-year-old girl suddenly felt an earthquake-like tremor strike her home in the coastal town of Toyoumi (current Kujukuri town), Chiba Prefecture, soon after noon on March...
MEMORIAL DAY: Okinawa stuck with U.S. bases more than 40 years...
Japanese Foreign Minister Kiichi Aichi, right in the center, and U.S. Ambassador to Japan Armin Meyer sign an agreement on the reversion of Okinawa to Japan in Tokyo on June 17, 1971. Japanese Prime Minister Eisaku Sato and his Cabinet members are on the right side. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
While protests in Okinawa and Tokyo greeted the signing of the reversion of Okinawa to Japan in 1971, a legal adviser to the U.S. State Department at the time recalls feeling a ...
Kennedy uncompromising to Okinawa governor's objection to...
Okinawa Governor Takeshi Onaga, left, and U.S. Ambassador Caroline Kennedy (Asahi Shimbun file photos)
Okinawa Governor Takeshi Onaga told U.S. Ambassador Caroline Kennedy of his stringent opposition to the relocation of Futenma air base within the prefecture only to be met with ...