Okinawa

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.
Imperial couple set to pay homage to war memorials
Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko converse June 27 in Naha with survivors and family members of those who died in the sinking of the Tsushima Maru in August 1944. (Pool)
NAHA--The recent visit to a war memorial in Okinawa by Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko is expected to be one of many the couple will make in the coming year to mark the...
Imperial couple pay respects to Tsushima Maru victims in Okinawa
Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko, with bouquets in their hands, walk toward the Kozakura no To memorial, dedicated to the victims of the Tsushima Maru sinking in Naha, Okinawa Prefecture, on June 27. (Shoma Fujiwaki)
NAHA--Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko marked the 70th anniversary of the sinking of the Tsushima Maru on June 27 by paying tribute to the approximately 1,500 victims,...
Man who attacked imperial couple pursues peace in Okinawa
Nago city assembly member Junji Kawano takes part in a protest against Prime Minister Shinzo Abe at the Peace Memorial Park in Itoman, Okinawa Prefecture, on June 23. (Kazuo Yamagishi)
NAHA--An ex-convict labeled a “terrorist” for hurling bottles and pieces of lumber at the future emperor has taken a more peaceful approach to get his message across.
Student searching Hiroshima isle for remains of A-bomb victims
Rebun Kayo, a student of Hiroshima University’s graduate school, searches for remains of victims of the U.S. atomic bombing of Hiroshima on the city’s Ninoshima island on May 9. (Yoshihisa Aoyama)
HIROSHIMA--Rebun Kayo wades through thigh-high weeds and painstakingly digs up dirt in his search for the tiniest of objects.
Okinawa governor softens Futenma relocation demand in speech...
A woman weeps in front of the Cornerstone of Peace memorial in Peace Memorial Park in Itoman's Mabuni district, which honors Okinawa's war dead. Her father's name is one of the 241,281 engraved in the monument. (Ryo Ikeda)
ITOMAN, Okinawa Prefecture--In his speech at an annual ceremony marking the end of the Battle of Okinawa on June 23, Governor Hirokazu Nakaima toned down his stance calling for ...
Fishing vessel swept away by tsunami reunited with owner
Kazuo Matsukawa, center, is reunited with his fishing boat Matsukazu Maru in Itoman, Okinawa Prefecture, on May 30. (Kazuo Yamagishi)
ITOMAN, Okinawa Prefecture--A small fishing boat that was adrift for three years and two months after the March 2011 tsunami is now on display in this town.
2 conservatives with opposing base stances may vie for Okinawa...
Naha Mayor Takeshi Onaga (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
NAHA--For the first time, the Okinawan governor’s race this autumn could see two conservative candidates, on opposing sides of the contentious U.S. military base issue.
OMIYAGE FROM JAPAN: Old bottles reborn as Okinawa's idiomatic...
Handblown drinking glasses come in various colors and patterns. (Choi Chae-soo)
Editor's note: This series showcases various kinds of "omiyage" (souvenirs) from around Japan. We introduce you to "must-buy" items that you can get at prefecture-operated...
OMIYAGE FROM JAPAN: Awamori is made from Thai rice and black mold, ...
One of the most popular brands of "awamori" is Zanpa brand, center. "Kusu," right, is aged awamori. Finally there is "habushu," left, which comes bottled with a venomous "habu" viper inside. (Choi Chae-soo)
Editor's note: This series showcases various kinds of "omiyage" (souvenirs) from around Japan. We introduce you to "must-buy" items that you can get at prefecture-operated...