Okinawa

Many bricks still in the wall between Tokyo, Okinawa over U.S....
Waters off the Henoko district in Okinawa on Aug. 13. The Japanese and U.S. governments plan to relocate U.S. Marine Corps Air Station Futenma in Ginowan, also in Okinawa Prefecture, to Henoko. The Japanese government has recently decided to suspend relocation work and hold talks with Okinawa Governor Takeshi Onaga, who is opposed to the plan. Coral reefs are visible, while buoys and floats have been installed because the area is off-limits to the public. (Takeshi Tokitsu)
A yawning gulf still separates Tokyo and Okinawa on the contentious issue of relocation of a key U.S. air base.
Okinawa's 'wealth with pride' to end economic dependence on...
At a study group convened in late June by young Liberal Democratic Party lawmakers close to Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, a lecturer made such statements as “the two Okinawan...
Defense minister gets nowhere in talks with Okinawan leaders over...
Defense Minister Gen Nakatani, left, meets with Okinawa Governor Takeshi Onaga at the Okinawa prefectural government building in Naha on Aug. 16. (Takuya Isayama)
Defense Minister Gen Nakatani did not receive the warm welcome that Okinawans traditionally give to visitors to their islands during his swing through the prefecture on Aug. 16.
Mistrust of U.S. military spreading in Okinawa after helicopter...
Okinawa Governor Takeshi Onaga speaks to reporters on Aug. 12 at the Okinawa prefectural office. (Koichi Ueda)
Distrust of the U.S. military in Japan is growing among local officials in Okinawa after the crash landing of a U.S. Army helicopter off the southernmost prefecture further...
Helicopter crash off Okinawa stirs bitter memories, fuels...
The U.S. Army MH-60 helicopter lies with a broken tail boom on the deck of the U.S. Navy cargo vessel USNS Red Cloud east of Okinawa on the evening of Aug. 12. (Takeshi Tokitsu)
The crash landing of a U.S. Army helicopter onto a ship off Okinawa on Aug. 12 was the very last thing U.S. forces in Japan needed to confront, given prevailing sentiment about ...
Intense bout of sparring begins between Okinawa, Tokyo over U.S....
Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga, left, discusses the Henoko relocation issue with Okinawa Governor Takeshi Onaga, second from right. (Koichi Ueda)
NAHA--Government bigwig Yoshihide Suga was dispatched to lock horns with Okinawa Governor Takeshi Onaga, and at the end of round one they were stuck in a corner exchanging...
U.S. Army helicopter crashes on ship off Okinawa, 7 injured
A U.S. Army helicopter crashed during a training mission on Aug. 12 while landing on a Navy ship off the southern island of Okinawa, injuring seven people and damaging the...
JAPANESE HOME COOKING: Miso-flavored stir-fry of kelp and squid
Miso-flavored stir-fry of kelp and squid (Photo by Masahiro Gohda)
Although kelp cannot be harvested in the warm seas of Okinawa, it is heavily utilized there, but as a food item and not used to make stock.
McCain voices full backing for contentious U.S. base relocation in ...
Okinawa Governor Takeshi Onaga, second from left, meets with U.S. Senator John McCain, center, in Washington in June. (Provided by the Okinawa prefectural government)
WASHINGTON--Setting the record straight, U.S. Senator John McCain has reiterated his complete support for the plan to relocate a U.S. base within Okinawa in the face of fervent ...
EDITORIAL: Tokyo-Okinawa 'temporary truce' too good an opportunity ...
Okinawa Governor Takeshi Onaga and Prime Minister Shinzo Abe shake hands at their meeting in the prime minister’s office on April 17. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
Since a window of dialogue between the Abe administration and Okinawa prefectural government seems to have finally opened, every effort must be made to keep it open for...
Henoko landfill work put on hold for a month to ease tensions with ...
The central government plans to reclaim the sea area around the Henoko district in Nago, Okinawa Prefecture, to relocate the Futenma air base. (Provided by Okinawa Times)
Tokyo will suspend reclamation work off the Henoko district in Nago, Okinawa Prefecture, for a month from Aug. 10 to help ease strains with the prefectural government over...
POINT OF VIEW/ Tatsuhiro Oshiro: Tragic realities under...
Author Tatsuhiro Oshiro in Naha (Photo by Yoshihisa Uehara)
In the early postwar period, it was said that Okinawa’s reality was a suitable subject for fiction. But I could barely bring myself to face it because my skills were poor and ...
Okinawa plays two more cards to block U.S. base relocation
Okinawa Governor Takeshi Onaga gives the keynote speech at a July 29 symposium in Tokyo sponsored by The Asahi Shimbun. (Tetsuro Takehana)
Okinawa's governor has gained ground in his fight against the relocation of a U.S. base after the prefecture's government released a report finding "legal defects" relating to...
Yonaguni: From paradise island to military base
Stepping out from Yonaguni Airport’s tiny passenger terminal and turning right down its only access road toward the village of Kubura, one would probably expect a quiet walk...
Okinawa assembly adopts ordinance to block Futenma relocation
The central government plans to reclaim the sea area around the Henoko district in Nago, Okinawa Prefecture, to relocate the Futenma air base. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
NAHA, Okinawa Prefecture--In the name of nature preservation, the Okinawa prefectural assembly has set up a stumbling block for the central government as it attempts to...
Concerns raised in Okinawa hearing about security legislation
Lower House members at a local hearing on security legislation held in Naha on July 6 listen to, from right: Nago Mayor Susumu Inamine; Masahide Ota, a former Okinawa governor; Nanjo Mayor Keishun Koja; Tomokazu Takamine, former president of The Ryukyu Shimpo; and Ishigaki Mayor Yoshitaka Nakayama. (Satoru Semba)
Opposition party-selected speakers demanded a retraction of the security bills now being deliberated in the Diet, while those picked by the ruling coalition expressed support...
POINT OF VIEW/ Eiji Oguma: Weakened LDP power base allows Abe to...
Toshinobu Nakasato, far right, in front of the Diet building in December with other Lower House members elected from Okinawa Prefecture (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
Many policy goals of the administration of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, such as the push for national security legislation and nuclear energy, lack public support.
EDITORIAL: Diet should pay more attention to Okinawa’s views...
From left: Nago Mayor Susumu Inamine, former Okinawa Governor Masahide Ota and Nanjo Mayor Keishun Koja at a Lower House special committee hearing in Naha on July 6 (Photos by Satoru Semba)
The Lower House special committee to discuss new security legislation held a session in Naha, the capital of Okinawa Prefecture, on June 6 to hear testimony from five unsworn...
Hawaii state senator meets birth mother after almost half a century
Glenn Wakai with his birth mother, Yoko Boughton (Provided by Glenn Wakai)
State Senator Glenn Wakai of Hawaii was given up by his teenage birth mother for adoption 47 years ago, but a number of unique circumstances led to their reunion.
After meeting Suga, Onaga signals 'serious talks from now'
Okinawa Governor Takeshi Onaga meets reporters after talks with Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga in Tokyo on July 4. (Tetsuro Takehana)
Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga and Okinawa Governor Takeshi Onaga held talks July 4 that bypassed the U.S. military base issue but touched upon disparaging remarks...