Okinawa

POINT OF VIEW/ Eiji Oguma: Misunderstanding of security treaty...
Protesters gather outside the Okinawa prefectural government office in Naha on April 28 to oppose the relocation of the U.S. Marine Corps Air Station Futenma to Henoko Point of Nago, Okinawa Prefecture. (Kazuo Yamagishi)
The planned relocation of the U.S. Marine Corps Air Station Futenma from Ginowan to the Henoko district of Nago, both in Okinawa Prefecture, is attracting attention. Here are...
EDITORIAL: Safety of Osprey needs reassessment
Participants hold placards showing their opposition to the plan to deploy Ospreys to the Yokota Air Base in western Tokyo at a May 17 rally in Fussa, host of the base. (Daisuke Yajima)
A U.S. Marine Corps Osprey transport aircraft suffered a hard landing during a training exercise in Hawaii on May 17, killing one crew member.
Japanese worry over Osprey safety after fatal U.S. air crash
MV-22 Osprey transport planes at the U.S. Marine Corps Air Station Futenma in Ginowan, Okinawa Prefecture, on May 17 (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
A fatal crash of a U.S. Marine Corps Osprey in Hawaii has renewed safety concerns in Japan, where more of the hybrid aircraft are to be deployed.
Okinawans pack stadium to protest U.S. base relocation to Henoko
Protesters wave placards opposing the construction of a new U.S. military base off the Henoko district in Nago at a prefecture-level rally held in Naha, Okinawa Prefecture, on May 17. (Koichi Ueda)
NAHA--Protesters waved aloft tens of thousands of placards demanding “No” to the construction of a new U.S. military base in Okinawa Prefecture, in a massive rally at a...
EDITORIAL: 43 years on, Okinawa still forced to serve mainland's...
Protesters rally in front of the U.S. Marine Corps’ Camp Schwab in Nago, Okinawa Prefecture, on May 15 to oppose the planned relocation of the U.S. Marine Corps Air Station Futenma in Ginowan to Nago. (The Asahi Shimbun)
May 15 marked the anniversary of Okinawa’s return to Japan 43 years ago. Never has the anniversary arrived amid such acute tension between Okinawa Prefecture and the central...
Okinawa governor’s words on U.S. rule galvanizing base opponents
Islanders protest U.S. authorities’ attempt to buy land in Okinawa for military bases in July 1955. The banner says money lasts for one year, but land lasts for 10,000 years. (Provided by the Okinawa Prefectural Archives)
Seibun Hanashiro has harbored bitter feelings for decades since helplessly watching American troops threaten Okinawa residents and destroy their homes to make way for a...
Henoko in the context of propaganda and politics in 21st century...
The Asahi Shimbun’s extraordinary and groundbreaking case study analysis of media influence in Japan was expertly translated into English by Barack Kushner earlier this year.
Basing Osprey at Yokota won't lighten burden on Okinawa, experts...
Protesters gather in front of Kadena Air Base in Okinawa Prefecture after a U.S. military crash in August 2013. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
The decision to deploy the U.S. Air Force's CV-22 Osprey transport aircraft to Yokota Air Base in western Tokyo may have the opposite of its intended effect, to reduce the...
EDITORIAL: Osprey deployment spells 'net increase' in burden for...
Ikuo Kato, the mayor of Fussa, far right, and other city officials listen May 12 as a Foreign Ministry official, far left, explains the plan to station CV-22 Osprey transport aircraft operated by the U.S. Air Force at Yokota Air Base in western Tokyo, which the municipality hosts. (Daisuke Yajima)
Ospreys are coming to the skies over Tokyo.
VOX POPULI: Okinawa's pleas go unheeded on clueless mainland
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and Okinawa Governor Takeshi Onaga shake hands at the start of their first talks in Tokyo on April 17. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
This year marks the 100th anniversary of the publication of "Saigo no Ikku" (The Last Phrase) by novelist Ogai Mori (1862-1922).
U.S. Air Force to base Osprey at Yokota from 2017
The Osprey military transport aircraft (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
The Pentagon announced May 11 that three CV-22 Osprey transport aircraft would be stationed at Yokota Air Base in western Tokyo from 2017, with more sent there later.
Western Tokyo picked to host first U.S. Osprey outside of Okinawa
The U.S. Air Force's CV-22 Osprey transport aircraft (AP Photo)
The western outskirts of Tokyo have been picked for the first deployment of U.S. Osprey transport aircraft outside of Okinawa Prefecture.
U.S. veteran suspects Agent Orange stored at Futenma air station
U.S. soldiers remove steel drums found at the U.S. Marine Corps Air Station Futenma in 1981. (Provided by Kris Roberts)
Kris Roberts believes his chronic health problems can be traced back to the summer of 1981, when he was a U.S. Marine at the Futenma air station in Ginowan, Okinawa Prefecture.
Widow of legendary actor continues his drive to oppose U.S. base...
Fumiko Sugawara, widow of actor Bunta Sugawara, talks to reporters in an April 27 interview. (Kazuo Yamamoto)
With the passing of Bunta Sugawara in November, the renowned actor's commitment to social causes and peace movements continues on through his 73-year-old widow, Fumiko.
EDITORIAL: Abe’s speech lacked clear message of sympathy to...
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe speaks before a joint meeting of Congress in Washington on April 29. (The Asahi Shimbun)
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s address to the U.S. Congress on April 29, the first delivered by a Japanese prime minister to a joint meeting of the Senate and the House of...
POINT OF VIEW: Abe continues to show different faces to U.S., Asia
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe addresses a joint meeting of the U.S. Congress on April 29. (Shinichi Iizuka)
The day after Japan attacked Pearl Harbor, U.S. President Franklin Roosevelt made his "day of infamy" speech before Congress.
Okinawa governor warns Japan-U.S. alliance would face obstacles...
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, left, and U.S. President Barack Obama walk to the venue for a joint news conference after a summit meeting at the White House in Washington on April 28. (Shinichi Iizuka)
Okinawa's governor has warned the Japan-U.S. alliance will face obstacles in response to Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's assurances to U.S. President Barack Obama that the...
EDITORIAL: Okinawa base issue tests Japan-U.S. alliance's 'power...
Demonstrators brave the rain to protest the construction of a new U.S. base in Okinawa Prefecture on April 28. They were demonstrating in front of the prefectural government building in the prefectural capital of Naha. (Kazuo Yamagishi)
The leaders of Japan and the United States held a summit on April 28 to celebrate the solid alliance between their countries in the year marking the 70th anniversary of the end ...
Okinawans mark 'day of humiliation' with protest over U.S. base
Protesters rally in front of the Okinawa prefectural government building in Naha on April 28. (Kazuo Yamagishi)
NAHA--Sporting a sea of protest signs, some 2,500 people rallied here April 28, the anniversary of what Okinawans call their "day of humiliation," over moves to relocate a U.S. ...
GSDF may permanently station hundreds of troops on Okinawan island
A PAC-3 surface-to-air missile launcher that was temporarily deployed to Miyakojima island in Okinawa Prefecture to counter a North Korean missile test in April 2012 (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
The Defense Ministry is considering permanently deploying hundreds of Ground Self-Defense Force troops to a remote Okinawan island to counter China’s maritime expansion in...