Okinawa

Thinking the unthinkable: Can Okinawa gain independence before...
Since the recent high profile referendum on Scotland’s proposed independence from the United Kingdom, Japan’s southernmost prefecture, Okinawa, has been infused with the...
Tokyo turns blind eye to Okinawan request to stop reclamation work
Okinawa Governor Takeshi Onaga announces the formation of an independent panel to re-examine his predecessor's approval of a new base in Nago during a news conference on Jan. 26. (Kazuo Yamagishi)
NAHA--The governor of Okinawa Prefecture called for a halt to relocation work for a key U.S. air base, but the government in Tokyo is taking no notice.
EDITORIAL: Tensions rising as Futenma issue moves to new stage
Japan Coast Guard officers attempt to clear protesters on canoes from the waters off the Henoko district in Nago, Okinawa Prefecture, on Jan. 15. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
The waters off the Henoko district of Nago, Okinawa Prefecture, are churning due to clashes between protesters and authorities over the planned relocation of the U.S. Marine...
Protesters circle Diet building to oppose Futenma base relocation
Protesters in front of the National Diet Building in Tokyo on Jan. 25 oppose the government's plan to relocate the U.S. Futenma air station within Okinawa Prefecture. (Satoru Sekiguchi)
Thousands of people, including lawmakers, formed a human chain around the National Diet Building in Tokyo on Jan. 25 to protest the central government’s planned relocation of ...
Japan faces multitude of challenges at 70th anniversary of the end ...
Watching German Chancellor Angela Merkel visit London and march with world leaders in Paris served as a reminder of the differences between Germany and Japan as the 70th...
Diplomatic documents show U.S. wanted changes to Sato's speeches...
Prime Minister Eisaku Sato is welcomed by residents in Okinawa during his visit to the then U.S.-occupied island in 1965. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
U.S. officials were clearly anxious about what then Prime Minister Eisaku Sato would say publicly in 1965 during the first visit to Okinawa by a Japanese prime minister since...
Slashed subsidies for Okinawa reflect ire at election of anti-base ...
Okinawa Governor Takeshi Onaga, left, and Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga (Asahi Shimbun file photos)
Showing its apparent displeasure over the election of an anti-base governor in Okinawa Prefecture, the Abe administration decided to cut its special subsidies to the...
Frustration builds over Tokyo's snubbing of Okinawa governor
Okinawa Governor Takeshi Onaga talks to reporters after a meeting of the National Governors’ Association in Tokyo on Jan. 8. (Koshin Shisui)
The government and the ruling party are making no attempt to conceal their disdain for Takeshi Onaga, the Okinawa governor who has been repeatedly snubbed in attempts to...
Ancient burial remains in Okinawa cave may fill void in Japanese...
Ancient human remains found at the Sakitari-do cave site in Nanjo, Okinawa Prefecture. The area being pointed to is the head. (Shunsuke Nakamura)
The discovery of probably one of the oldest burial sites in Japan could shed more light on the country's prehistory and the emergence of primitive culture.
VOX POPULI: Never consign wartime era to the 'distant past'
Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko at an annual greeting event at the Imperial Palace on Jan. 2 (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
Of the poems by Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko that were released to mark New Year's Day, two read like earnest prayers for peace.
POINT OF VIEW/ Akira Iriye: Japan needs to contribute to 'peace...
Nobel Peace Prize winner Malala Yousafzai from Pakistan holds up her medal during the award ceremony in Oslo on Dec. 10. (AP Photo)
The entire world was recently reminded of the preciousness of peace when Malala Yousafzai was named co-winner of the Nobel Peace Prize.
Japan needs to contribute to 'peace for all time'
The entire world was recently reminded of the preciousness of peace when Malala Yousafzai was named co-winner of the Nobel Peace Prize.
EDITORIAL: Tokyo's snub of Okinawa governor childish,...
Okinawa Governor Takeshi Onaga meets with Shunichi Yamaguchi, state minister in charge of promoting Okinawa, at the Cabinet Office in Tokyo on Dec. 26. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
The government’s attitude toward Okinawa Prefecture can only be described as unbelievably rigid.
Japan needs to contribute to 'peace for all time'
The entire world was recently reminded of the preciousness of peace when Malala Yousafzai was named co-winner of the Nobel Peace Prize.
Government may cut promotion budget for Okinawa under anti-base...
Okinawa Governor Takeshi Onaga meets with Shunichi Yamaguchi, state minister in charge of promoting Okinawa, at the Cabinet Office in Tokyo on Dec. 26. (Kazuo Yamagishi)
The central government is considering cutting the fiscal 2015 promotional budget for Okinawa Prefecture from the 379.4 billion yen (about $3.1 billion) requested before Takeshi ...
VOX POPULI: Boy's heartwarming vision for peace at odds with...
Yuki Asato reads his poem titled "Heiwa-tte Suteki dane" (Peace is really nice) at an award ceremony in Tokyo’s Bunkyo Ward on Dec. 19 as Yoshifumi Hasegwa, the creator of the picture book featuring the poem, left, looks on. (The Asahi Shimbun)
What is peace? A poem titled "Heiwa-tte Suteki dane" (Peace is really nice) by Okinawa second-year elementary school pupil Yuki Asato characterizes it as follows: "Having good...
Secret plan spurs young people's interest in Okinawa election
Just over half a year has passed since I became a resident of Okinawa Prefecture. In early November, as the Nov. 16 date approached for voting in Okinawa’s gubernatorial...
POINT OF VIEW/ Satoshi Kamata: Abe reveals true intentions after...
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe heads to a meeting of executives of his Liberal Democratic Party on Dec. 15, one day after the LDP scored a decisive victory in the Lower House election. (Shinichi Iizuka)
A disturbingly low 52.66 percent of eligible voters turned out in the Dec. 14 Lower House election, the worst figure in the postwar period. It means that only about one in two...
2014 CHOICE: LDP suffers crushing defeat in Okinawa, a blow to...
Seiken Akamine of the Japanese Communist Party, center, celebrates victory with a traditional Okinawan dance in Naha on Dec. 14. (Haruki Morishita)
Opposition candidates won in all of Okinawa's four single-seat constituencies in the Dec. 14 Lower House election, a sign of growing frustration among voters over the planned...
EDITORIAL: Futenma issue should figure in voters' minds when going ...
New Okinawa Governor Takeshi Onaga speaks at his inaugural news conference in Naha on Dec. 10. (Koichi Ueda)
Takeshi Onaga, who won a landslide victory in last month’s Okinawa gubernatorial election, took office on Dec. 10. Onaga campaigned on a platform that opposed the central...