Okinawa

Okinawa election divided over base relocation puts Ginowan...
Osprey transport aircraft stationed at the U.S. Marine Corps Air Station Futenma in Ginowan, Okinawa Prefecture, on Oct. 29 (Koichi Ueda)
GINOWAN, Okinawa Prefecture--Voters in Ginowan face a difficult choice as campaigning kicked off Oct. 30 for an Okinawa gubernatorial election split over the contentious...
Long-time personal attendant reveals human side of Emperor Showa
Morisuke Makino talks about his years serving as a personal attendant to Emperor Showa. (Ayako Nakada)
Emperor Showa emerges as a thoughtful and forgiving man who kept a tight rein on his emotions and found humor in the most unlikely situations, according to those who worked...
30 injured in southwestern Japan as typhoon batters Okinawa
A road is flooded from the effects of approaching Typhoon No. 19 and the high tide in Nishihara, Okinawa Prefecture, on Oct. 11. (Provided by The Okinawa Times)
Thirty people were injured in southwestern Japan as an extremely powerful typhoon packing strong winds and heavy rain lashed the region before sweeping north toward the...
Politician retracts slur against indigenous Okinawans
Moriyuki Teruya, a member of the Okinawa prefectural assembly and the secretary-general of the ruling Liberal Democratic Party’s prefectural chapter (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
NAHA--An Okinawa assemblyman was forced to apologize after he was accused of insulting the island’s indigenous people by associating their traditional dress with “rags”...
Thousands protest U.S. base relocation in Okinawa
Protesters rally against plans to relocate a U.S. military base at a beach in Nago, Okinawa Prefecture, on Sept. 20. (Seinosuke Iwasaki)
NAGO, Okinawa Prefecture--About 5,500 demonstrators occupied a beach here on Sept. 20 to protest a drilling project for the planned relocation of the U.S. Marine Corps Air...
Ex-U.S. defense official: Careful deliberation needed on Futenma...
Morton Halperin, left, talks with local citizens about U.S. military bases on Sept. 18 in the Henoko district of Nago, Okinawa Prefecture. (Koshin Shisui)
NAHA--A former U.S. Defense Department official who helped negotiate the return of Okinawa to Japan in 1972 raised doubts about the move to relocate the U.S. Marine Corps Air...
VOX POPULI: Time to stop treating Okinawa as ‘a means to an...
Naha Mayor Takeshi Onaga, left, and Okinawa Governor Hirokazu Nakaima (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
Okinawa Prefecture has had six governors since its reversion to Japanese rule in 1972. The first governor, Chobyo Yara (1902-1997), had served as chief executive of the...
Documentary highlights 50-year anti-war crusade by photojournalist
Bunyo Ishikawa during a recent interview (Tomoya Ishikawa)
Just as the government approved sweeping changes to Japan's postwar security policy, a timely documentary film on the career of renowned photojournalist Bunyo Ishikawa, who...
EDITORIAL: Government should offer convincing rationale, or freeze ...
Japan Coast Guard officers transport a protester on their boat after detaining him from a canoe off Henoko, Okinawa Prefecture, on Aug. 15. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
The seabed drilling survey has begun in the sea off Henoko in Nago, Okinawa Prefecture, the planned reclamation site for relocating U.S. Marine Corps Air Station Futenma, which ...
Thousands protest U.S. base relocation to offshore Henoko site
Demonstrators raise their fists to protest the relocation of U.S. Marine Corps Air Station Futenma to the Henoko district on Aug. 23 in Nago, Okinawa Prefecture. (Azumi Fukuoka)
NAGO, Okinawa Prefecture--With the government moving quickly on the planned relocation of Air Station Futenma to the Henoko district, about 3,600 demonstrators occupied the...
Survivors recount 1944 sinking that claimed Okinawan students
Mitsuko Itokazu in front of photos of students who died aboard the Tsushima Maru at the Tsushima Maru Memorial Museum in Naha (Shoma Fujiwaki)
NAHA--Long after a torpedoed passenger ship sank with 780 Okinawan children aboard 70 years ago, many who survived never spoke about the tragedy.
Protesters kept at bay as Okinawan seabed survey for relocating...
The government’s drilling survey designed to gather data essential for the relocation of U.S. Marine Corps Air Station Futenma started on Aug. 18 in waters off the Henoko district, Okinawa Prefecture. (Shoma Fujiwaki)
NAGO, Okinawa Prefecture--Some 20 Japan Coast Guard vessels were deployed to restricted waters off the Henoko district here on Aug. 18 to keep out protesters on the first day...
Tokyo steamrolling U.S. base plan ahead of Okinawa governor race
Japan Coast Guard patrol boats are on alert on Aug. 14 as buoys and floats mark a restricted area off Cape Henoko in Nago, Okinawa Prefecture. (Takaharu Yagi)
NAGO, Okinawa Prefecture--The central government is accelerating work to build an offshore U.S. military base here to make the contentious project a fait accompli before the...
Protesters blocked as study advances for U.S. air station in...
Buoys off the Henoko district of Nago, Okinawa Prefecture, show the restricted zone for a government seabed study on Aug. 14. (Shoma Fujiwaki)
NAGO, Okinawa Prefecture--Japan Coast Guard vessels blocked protesters in canoes from entering the area of a government seabed study that will be used for the long-delayed...
Thousands of incidents involving U.S. military cost Japan 380...
The U.S. military's Kadena Air Base in Okinawa Prefecture (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
U.S. military personnel and civilian employees were involved in nearly 10,000 incidents or accidents in Japan over a 10-year period through fiscal 2013, according to statistics ...
PHOTO: Dive off Henoko coast reveals underwater world that could...
The underwater area known as "hamasango no oka" (hill of the finger corals) off Henoko district in Nago, Okinawa Prefecture, on Aug. 12 (Satoru Sekiguchi)
NAGO, Okinawa Prefecture--Divers from a local environmental group here explored the waters off the Henoko district and discovered an underwater world of vibrant corals and...
EDITORIAL: Osprey redeployment plan should be more than a...
Saga Airport (The Asahi Shimbun)
The Abe administration has revealed a plan to temporarily redeploy a fleet of MV-22 Osprey aircraft from the U.S. Marine Corps Air Station Futenma in the city of Ginowan,...
Diplomatic cables show Okinawa kept in the dark when Japan, U.S....
Masao Nakasone, who helped organize protests against the route for transporting poisonous gas, stands in front of the elementary school that was located along the route in Okinawa. (Shunichi Kawabata)
Newly released diplomatic cables show Japan and the United States worked behind the scenes to carefully script the handling of the removal of poison gas from Okinawa--without...
Plan to station Osprey in Saga part of Abe's political power play
Protesters opposing the deployment of Osprey aircraft at Saga Airport rally in front of the prefectural government building in Saga on July 22. (Nozomi Matsukawa)
With its sudden interest in temporarily stationing MV-22 Osprey aircraft at Saga Airport, the Abe administration has shown its desperation in ensuring victory for Okinawa...
VOX POPULI: Top court's ruling a denial of people's right to know
Takichi Nishiyama, left, a former Mainichi Shimbun reporter, and other plaintiffs at a news conference on July 14 after the Supreme Court ruling concerning secret documents related to the return of Okinawa to Japan (The Asahi Shimbun)
A newspaper reporter visited the home of novelist Natsume Soseki (1867-1916) one day, asking to see the famous writer. Soseki opened the front door and told the reporter, "If I ...