Okinawa

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 ...
SURVEY: Only 55% of Okinawan high school students clued up on...
A woman prays for those who perished in the 1945 Battle of Okinawa in front of the war memorial in Itoman, Okinawa Prefecture, on June 23, 2014. The names of some of her relatives are etched on the memorial. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
A survey of second-year high school students in Okinawa Prefecture strongly suggests that collective memories of the 1945 Battle of Okinawa are fading.
Endangered turtle set free 3 years ago sighted far from 'home'
The hawksbill turtle sighted in waters near Yakushima island, Kagoshima Prefecture, on April 19 (Provided by Keisuke Nakamura)
YAKUSHIMA, Kagoshima Prefecture--A rare hawksbill turtle returned to the wild was sighted almost 1,000 kilometers from where it was released into the sea three years ago.
ASAHI SURVEY: 65% of survivors suffer flashbacks from Battle of...
Aiko Zaha, a 85-year-old survivor of the Battle of Okinawa, says she still suffers from panic attacks possibly caused by her wartime memories. (Daizo Teramoto)
Nearly 65 percent of survivors of the 1945 Battle of Okinawa are still haunted by memories of the carnage they witnessed in the closing days of World War II, an Asahi Shimbun...
YOUNG KAMIKAZE: After returning to 'life' in faulty plane, pilot...
A memorial statue to the special attack corps stands at the site of what was once the Kushira naval air base in Kanoya, Kagoshima Prefecture. (Go Katono)
Editor's Note: This is the third of an eight-part series on kamikaze pilots during World War II.
YOUNG KAMIKAZE: Scolding of friend meant returning to base alive...
The Type 97 carrier-based attack aircraft similar to the one piloted by Keiichi Kuwahara (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
Editor's Note: This is the second of an eight-part series on kamikaze pilots during World War II.
YOUNG KAMIKAZE: Teenage pilot felt resigned, not prepared, to die
A portrait of Keiichi Kuwahara taken at a photo studio near the Kushira naval air base on the day he was given orders for a suicide mission. The photo was to have been used for his funeral. (Provided by Keiichi Kuwahara)
Editor's Note: This is the first of an eight-part series on kamikaze pilots during World War II.
Okinawa officials up the ante in U.S. campaign to oppose Henoko...
Okinawa Governor Takeshi Onaga, second from left, speaks with John McCain, chairman of the U.S. Senate Committee on Armed Services, in Washington on June 2. (Provided by the Okinawa prefectural government)
WASHINGTON--Officials on tour here with Okinawa Governor Takeshi Onaga have stepped up their lobbying drive to halt the relocation of a U.S. air base in their prefecture.
Conservation groups focus on suppliers to thwart U.S. base...
A quarry in the Shiranoe district of Kita-Kyushu’s Moji Ward could be a potential supplier of dirt for land reclamation for a new U.S. air station in Okinawa Prefecture. (Hisatoshi Tanaka)
Opponents of a planned U.S. military base in Okinawa Prefecture have gained an ally that is targeting the very foundation of the project.
Okinawa used like a Japanese 'colony,' claims Nago mayor on U.S....
Nago Mayor Susumu Inamine and other officials exchange opinions with members of U.S. citizen groups in a meeting in Washington on May 30. (Koshin Shisui)
WASHINGTON--Tokyo is treating Okinawa just like a "colony," said Nago's mayor in a vociferous attack here on Japanese and American policies regarding military bases.
Onaga begins PR blitz in U.S. to oppose Futenma relocation plan
Okinawa Governor Takeshi Onaga talks to reporters after a meeting in Honolulu on May 27 with two U.S. congresswomen. (Koshin Shisui)
HONOLULU--Okinawa Governor Takeshi Onaga held talks with two congresswomen on May 27 in his drive to gain U.S. support for his opposition to construction of another U.S....