Okinawa

Okinawa governor likely to halt seabed survey for Futenma...
Okinawa Governor Takeshi Onaga speaks to reporters Feb. 24 at the prefectural government office in Naha. (Koshin Shisui)
NAHA--The governor of Okinawa looks set to reverse his predecessor's decision to allow the central government to destroy coral reefs as part of a seabed survey for the...
Anti-base anger grows in Okinawa after U.S. military detains 2...
Hiroji Yamashiro is greeted by supporters after being released from the Nago Police Station in Okinawa Prefecture on Feb. 23. (Tetsuro Takehana)
NAGO, Okinawa Prefecture--U.S. military security personnel detained two Japanese anti-base protesters here, intensifying an already vociferous situation over the planned...
EDITORIAL: Strong-arm tactics exacerbate deplorable situation in...
Protesters rally in front of Camp Schwab’s gate in Nago, Okinawa Prefecture, on Feb. 22 in opposition to the plan to relocate U.S. Marine Corps Air Station Futenma to the city. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
Two Japanese citizens protesting ongoing work to construct a U.S. military base off the city of Nago, Okinawa Prefecture, have been unreasonably arrested.
60% of Yonagunijima islanders vote for stationing of SDF unit
Construction work has started for the deployment of a Self-Defense Forces unit in Yonaguni, Okinawa Prefecture. (Koshin Shisui)
YONAGUNI, Okinawa Prefecture--About 60 percent of voters in a referendum here backed the central government’s plan to station a Self-Defense Forces unit on Japan’s...
Filmmakers capture intensifying local confrontations over Futenma...
A scene from "Sea of oppression: Henoko, Okinawa" captures a Japan Coast Guard vessel approaching protesters in a canoe in waters off the Henoko district in Nago, Okinawa Prefecture. (C) Morino Eigasha
A documentary film that puts human faces on Okinawans’ resistance to the relocation of a U.S. military base within the prefecture and highlights their increasingly violent...
Thinking the unthinkable: Can Okinawa gain independence before...
Since the recent high profile referendum on Scotland’s proposed independence from the United Kingdom, Japan’s southernmost prefecture, Okinawa, has been infused with the...
Tokyo turns blind eye to Okinawan request to stop reclamation work
Okinawa Governor Takeshi Onaga announces the formation of an independent panel to re-examine his predecessor's approval of a new base in Nago during a news conference on Jan. 26. (Kazuo Yamagishi)
NAHA--The governor of Okinawa Prefecture called for a halt to relocation work for a key U.S. air base, but the government in Tokyo is taking no notice.
EDITORIAL: Tensions rising as Futenma issue moves to new stage
Japan Coast Guard officers attempt to clear protesters on canoes from the waters off the Henoko district in Nago, Okinawa Prefecture, on Jan. 15. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
The waters off the Henoko district of Nago, Okinawa Prefecture, are churning due to clashes between protesters and authorities over the planned relocation of the U.S. Marine...
Protesters circle Diet building to oppose Futenma base relocation
Protesters in front of the National Diet Building in Tokyo on Jan. 25 oppose the government's plan to relocate the U.S. Futenma air station within Okinawa Prefecture. (Satoru Sekiguchi)
Thousands of people, including lawmakers, formed a human chain around the National Diet Building in Tokyo on Jan. 25 to protest the central government’s planned relocation of ...
Japan faces multitude of challenges at 70th anniversary of the end ...
Watching German Chancellor Angela Merkel visit London and march with world leaders in Paris served as a reminder of the differences between Germany and Japan as the 70th...
Diplomatic documents show U.S. wanted changes to Sato's speeches...
Prime Minister Eisaku Sato is welcomed by residents in Okinawa during his visit to the then U.S.-occupied island in 1965. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
U.S. officials were clearly anxious about what then Prime Minister Eisaku Sato would say publicly in 1965 during the first visit to Okinawa by a Japanese prime minister since...
Slashed subsidies for Okinawa reflect ire at election of anti-base ...
Okinawa Governor Takeshi Onaga, left, and Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga (Asahi Shimbun file photos)
Showing its apparent displeasure over the election of an anti-base governor in Okinawa Prefecture, the Abe administration decided to cut its special subsidies to the...
Frustration builds over Tokyo's snubbing of Okinawa governor
Okinawa Governor Takeshi Onaga talks to reporters after a meeting of the National Governors’ Association in Tokyo on Jan. 8. (Koshin Shisui)
The government and the ruling party are making no attempt to conceal their disdain for Takeshi Onaga, the Okinawa governor who has been repeatedly snubbed in attempts to...
Ancient burial remains in Okinawa cave may fill void in Japanese...
Ancient human remains found at the Sakitari-do cave site in Nanjo, Okinawa Prefecture. The area being pointed to is the head. (Shunsuke Nakamura)
The discovery of probably one of the oldest burial sites in Japan could shed more light on the country's prehistory and the emergence of primitive culture.
VOX POPULI: Never consign wartime era to the 'distant past'
Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko at an annual greeting event at the Imperial Palace on Jan. 2 (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
Of the poems by Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko that were released to mark New Year's Day, two read like earnest prayers for peace.
POINT OF VIEW/ Akira Iriye: Japan needs to contribute to 'peace...
Nobel Peace Prize winner Malala Yousafzai from Pakistan holds up her medal during the award ceremony in Oslo on Dec. 10. (AP Photo)
The entire world was recently reminded of the preciousness of peace when Malala Yousafzai was named co-winner of the Nobel Peace Prize.
Japan needs to contribute to 'peace for all time'
The entire world was recently reminded of the preciousness of peace when Malala Yousafzai was named co-winner of the Nobel Peace Prize.
EDITORIAL: Tokyo's snub of Okinawa governor childish,...
Okinawa Governor Takeshi Onaga meets with Shunichi Yamaguchi, state minister in charge of promoting Okinawa, at the Cabinet Office in Tokyo on Dec. 26. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
The government’s attitude toward Okinawa Prefecture can only be described as unbelievably rigid.
Japan needs to contribute to 'peace for all time'
The entire world was recently reminded of the preciousness of peace when Malala Yousafzai was named co-winner of the Nobel Peace Prize.
Government may cut promotion budget for Okinawa under anti-base...
Okinawa Governor Takeshi Onaga meets with Shunichi Yamaguchi, state minister in charge of promoting Okinawa, at the Cabinet Office in Tokyo on Dec. 26. (Kazuo Yamagishi)
The central government is considering cutting the fiscal 2015 promotional budget for Okinawa Prefecture from the 379.4 billion yen (about $3.1 billion) requested before Takeshi ...