Okinawa

EDITORIAL: If it is true to its word, Tokyo must hold constructive ...
Okinawa Governor Takeshi Onaga is surrounded by reporters after his first meeting with Prime Minister Shinzo Abe in Tokyo on April 17. (Shiro Nishihata)
In a long-awaited meeting with Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, Okinawa Governor Takeshi Onaga expressed his determination to oppose the central government’s plan to relocate a U.S....
VOX POPULI: It's time for Tokyo to show Okinawa some respect
Yet another protest against the relocation of U.S. Marine Corps Air Station Futenma to the Henoko district in Nago, Okinawa Prefecture, was held April 17. (Go Katono)
In May 1853, U.S. Commodore Matthew C. Perry arrived with his "Black Ships" for the first time in Naha, the chief port of the Ryukyu Kingdom. He then headed to Uraga in...
Abe, Onaga both refuse to budge in meeting on Futenma relocation
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and Okinawa Governor Takeshi Onaga shake hands at the start of their first talks in Tokyo on April 17. (Shiro Nishihata)
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on April 17 finally met with Okinawa Governor Takeshi Onaga over a U.S. military base issue that has created a deep split between the central...
Report: Work for U.S. air station damages nearly 100 coral...
A diver enters waters off the Henoko district of Nago, Okinawa Prefecture, in February for an environmental impact investigation of the prefectural government. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
Massive concrete blocks used in work to relocate a U.S. military air station have damaged 94 coral colonies in Okinawa Prefecture, according to an environmental assessment...
Onaga paints Suga in a most unflattering light
Paul Caraway, left, the third U.S. high commissioner of Okinawa and Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga (Asahi Shimbun file photos)
NAHA--Venting his frustration at Tokyo's autocratic stance on the U.S. bases issue, Okinawa Governor Takeshi Onaga unfavorably compared the central government's most senior...
VOX POPULI: Government base stance 'insults' Okinawa, democracy
Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga announces he will meet with Okinawa Governor Takeshi Onaga this weekend at a news conference in Tokyo on April 2. (Shinichi Iizuka)
A former Foreign Ministry official who testified to the existence of a secret agreement between Japan and the United States over the 1972 reversion of Okinawa to Japanese...
Oe adds his voice to scholarly group opposing Futenma relocation...
Founders of a group demanding a halt to the relocation work for the U.S. Marine Corps Air Station Futenma to the Henoko district in Nago, Okinawa Prefecture, voice their concerns in a news conference held in Tokyo's Chiyoda Ward on April 1. (Orie Yoshihama)
Nobel-winning novelist Kenzaburo Oe has added his weight to a group of scholars demanding that the government immediately halt work to relocate a U.S. air base in Okinawa...
Why a sense of nationalism is needed among Okinawans
A group of high-profile intellectuals and business leaders recently gathered at Okinawa International University (OIU) to discuss Okinawa’s right to self-determination.
Onaga coming to Tokyo to resolve crisis over Futenma survey work
Okinawa Governor Takeshi Onaga, left, and Shunichi Yamaguchi, state minister in charge of Okinawa issues (Asahi Shimbun file photos)
NAHA--Okinawa Governor Takeshi Onaga will visit Tokyo on April 2 in the hope that top administration officials will agree to meet with him to discuss the standoff over seabed...
EDITORIAL: Okinawa must not be sacrificed for Tokyo's agenda
Police officers try to remove protesters in front of the gate to the U.S. Marine Corps Camp Schwab in Nago, Okinawa Prefecture, on March 30. The Okinawa residents oppose the planned relocation of Futenma air base to Nago’s Henoko district. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
Fisheries minister Yoshimasa Hayashi on March 30 temporarily invalidated Okinawa Governor Takeshi Onaga’s instruction to the Defense Ministry’s Okinawa Defense Bureau to...
Okinawa governor weighs options after latest humiliation in...
Okinawa Governor Takeshi Onaga speaks to reporters at the prefectural government building in Naha on March 30. (Koichi Ueda)
NAHA, Okinawa Prefecture--Okinawa Governor Takeshi Onaga on March 30 assailed the fisheries minister's decision to temporarily invalidate his instruction to suspend seabed...
Photo rivals put on a show to explain Okinawa’s tumultuous past
Photographed in 2014, this family home in Itoman, Okinawa Prefecture, was destroyed during the Battle of Okinawa in 1945. (Provided by Hiroaki Oshiro)
NAHA--With Okinawa again back in the news over the issue of a U.S. base, a timely photo exhibition is now showing that features the southernmost prefecture's turbulent history.
Minister quashes Onaga's instructions, lets Futenma project...
Fisheries minister Yoshimasa Hayashi explains his decision on March 30 to temporarily invalidate instructions from Okinawa Governor Takeshi Onaga to suspend seabed surveying work off the Henoko district of Nago, Okinawa Prefecture. (Shinichi Iizuka)
Fisheries minister Yoshimasa Hayashi on March 30 temporarily invalidated the Okinawa governor’s instructions to suspend seabed surveying work for a new U.S. military air...
Ministry seeks to invalidate Okinawa governor's order to halt...
Anti-base protesters and Japan Coast Guard members clash in an off-limits area off Nago, Okinawa Prefecture, on March 11. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
A Cabinet minister next week is expected to rescind the Okinawa governor’s order for a Defense Ministry bureau to suspend reclamation work for a U.S. military air station in...
Tokyo acts quickly to stop Okinawa interference on Futenma...
Work continues in waters off the Henoko district of Nago, Okinawa Prefecture, on March 24. (Rei Kishitsu)
The central government moved quickly to counter moves by authorities in Okinawa Prefecture to delay reclamation work connected to the relocation of U.S. Marine Corps Air...
INSIGHT: Okinawa governor finally moves to stop Futenma relocation
Okinawa Governor Takeshi Onaga speaks during a news conference in Naha on March 23. (Kazuo Yamagishi)
Okinawa Governor Takeshi Onaga silenced critics that he is all talk and no action by taking a first key step to stop reclamation work at the site of a U.S. air base.
EDITORIAL: High time for government to answer Okinawa’s questions
A seabed drilling survey is under way on March 12 in waters off the coast of the Henoko district of Nago, Okinawa Prefecture. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
How long will the central government continue to blatantly and completely ignore Okinawa Prefecture’s requests and questions concerning the plan to relocate a key U.S. air...
Okinawa governor orders halt to all work related to U.S. base...
Okinawa Prefecture Governor Takeshi Onaga (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
The governor of the southern Okinawa Prefecture said March 23 he has ordered a Defense Ministry branch to suspend all work at the site where a key U.S. military air base is to...
Police: Suspect admits to threatening U.S. Embassy, Kennedy
U.S. Ambassador Caroline Kennedy (Pool)
Tokyo police on March 19 arrested a 52-year-old man on suspicion of threatening to bomb the U.S. Embassy and harm Ambassador Caroline Kennedy.
U.S. ambassador Kennedy gets death threats in Japan
U.S. Ambassador Caroline Kennedy acknowledges the audience before she delivers opening remarks during the JFK International Symposium at Waseda University in Tokyo on March 18. (AP Photo)
Tokyo police are investigating phone calls threatening to kill U.S. Ambassador Caroline Kennedy and another American diplomat, authorities said March 18.