Okinawa

Similarities come into focus in talk of nuclear plants, U.S. bases ...
The first construction project for a nuclear power plant in Vietnam is proceeding in Ninh Thuan province, on the country's south-central coast.
Onaga: Orderly approach needed to cancel reclamation work for U.S. ...
Takeshi Onaga speaks to media representatives in Naha on Nov. 17, a day after he won the Okinawa gubernatorial election. (Koichi Ueda)
NAHA--Okinawa Governor-elect Takeshi Onaga said he will take a step-by-step approach with the central government in his plan to rescind approval of a land reclamation project...
Futenma land fetches high prices amid expectations for base...
A flier for a land plot currently occupied by U.S. Marine Corps Air Station Futenma in Ginowan (Satoshi Okumura)
NAHA--The value of plots of land currently rented by the government to house U.S. Marine Corps Air Station Futenma in Ginowan has been on the rise since relocation of the base...
Municipal leaders eager to get a piece of the casino gambling...
Yumeshima, a man-made island under construction in Osaka Bay (Masaki Yamamoto)
Local governments from Hokkaido to Okinawa are putting all their chips in on efforts to host a possible “casino special zone” in hopes of reviving their long-stagnated...
Dolphin with prosthetic tail dies at 45 at Okinawa aquarium
Fuji, the bottlenose dolphin who was fitted with an artificial tail fin, performs a jump at the Churaumi Aquarium in Motobu, Okinawa Prefecture, in November 2013. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
MOTOBU, Okinawa Prefecture--Fuji, the female bottlenose dolphin who was fitted with a prosthetic tail and regained her ability to jump, died Nov. 1 of infectious hepatitis.
VOX POPULI: Election an opportunity for Okinawans to assert their...
A U.S. aircraft on a training flight over a residential area near the U.S. Marine Corps Air Station Futenma in Ginowan, Okinawa Prefecture, on Oct. 29 (Koichi Ueda)
Who are we? Most mainland Japanese do not wonder about it in their daily lives. But it is probably a question many people in Okinawa Prefecture ask themselves constantly.
ANALYSIS: Okinawa election revolves around distance from central...
Former Naha Mayor Takeshi Onaga gives his first campaign speech for the Nov. 16 Okinawa gubernatorial election, which kicked off on Oct. 30. (Koichi Ueda)
NAHA--A clear-cut difference in policy over U.S. military presence is one of the various features that make the Okinawa gubernatorial election different from previous polls in...
EDITORIAL: For Okinawa voters, Futenma relocation not an ‘issue...
Voters in Ginowan, Okinawa Prefecture, listen to a candidate for the gubernatorial election on Oct. 30, the start of official campaigning. (The Asahi Shimbun)
The official campaign period for the Nov. 16 Okinawa gubernatorial election began on Oct. 30.
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...