Okinawa

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.
Unauthorized video of protesters being detained at U.S. base in...
A video posted on YouTube shows Hiroji Yamashiro standing with a microphone outside the U.S. Marine Corps Camp Schawab in Nago, Okinawa Prefecture, right before he was detained by security personnel at the base on Feb. 22. (From YouTube)
A security video of Japanese anti-base activists being detained last month at U.S. Marine Corps’ Camp Schwab in Okinawa Prefecture has been leaked to YouTube by a pro-U.S....
EDITORIAL: Paying no heed to Okinawa an issue that concerns us all
Protesters rally in front of Camp Schwab in Nago, Okinawa Prefecture, on March 12 as a geological study resumed in waters off the coast of the Henoko district of Nago. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
The central government's decision to restart geological surveys in preparation for moving a U.S. military airbase to Nago, Okinawa Prefecture, prompted a concerned citizen to...
Export ban in cards for endangered turtle indigenous to Okinawa
An Asian brown pond turtle (Provided by the Japan Wildlife Research Center)
The Environment Ministry said it will ban exports of the Asian brown pond turtle, a species native to islands in southern Japan, in an eleventh hour bid to prevent it going...
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...