Okinawa

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 ...
VOX POPULI: World Press Photo exhibition reflects grim reality of...
Takeru Masuda, a third-grader at Ishigaki Elementary School in Okinawa Prefecture, recited on June 23 his poem at the ceremony commemorating those who died in the 1945 Battle of Okinawa. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
Last month, at a memorial ceremony to commemorate those who died in the Battle of Okinawa 69 years ago, Takeru Masuda, a third-grader at Ishigaki Elementary School in Okinawa...
Mother's wait for kamikaze pilot son to return sparked brother's...
This commemorative photo of four kamikaze pilots of the Sakura-danki fighter shows Masatatsu Yamashita on the far left. (Provided by Akira Yamashita)
For half a century, a woman continued to make Buddhist pilgrimages on Shikoku island.
More evidence for endangered dugongs found at planned Okinawa base ...
A dugong swimming 5 to 6 kilometers off Cape Henoko in Nago, northern Okinawa Prefecture, in 2010. The photo was taken from a helicopter. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
A leading environmental group has found extensive evidence that endangered dugongs inhabit waters close to the planned relocation site of the U.S. Marine Corps Air Station...
Weakened typhoon heads north from Okinawa to main islands
A flooded road in Sadogashima island is closed to traffic after the heaviest rain in 50 years hits Niigata Prefecture on July 9. (Takayuki Kakuno/ The Asahi Shimbun)
Torrential rains battered Japan's Okinawa islands on July 9 as a weakened but still dangerous typhoon, threatening widespread flooding as it headed for the nation's main...
‘Why did they have to die?’ Scars remain on 70th anniversary...
Hirokuni Suzuki shows the scar on his neck from an attempted mass suicide 70 years ago. (Taku Hosokawa)
When Hirokuni Suzuki prayed in front of his family grave, a scar became visible on his neck where his brother-in-law stabbed him 70 years ago.
Typhoon churns toward Japan, prompting calls to evacuate
Typhoon No. 8 hits Naha on July 8. (Koshin Shisui/ The Asahi Shimbun)
Hundreds of flights were cancelled in Japan and more than 500,000 people urged to evacuate as a powerful typhoon brought torrential rain and high winds to southwestern islands...
UPDATE: Japan on alert as fierce typhoon heads toward Okinawa
High waves pound a pier in Aki, Kochi Prefecture, as Typhoon No. 8 approaches Okinawa on July 7. (Atsuo Negishi/ The Asahi Shimbun)
Japan was bracing for destructive winds and huge waves as a powerful typhoon churned on July 7 toward the southern islands of Okinawa after sparing the Philippines.