Okinawa

Researchers to test theory of ancient mariners in a straw boat
A straw boat researchers used in August 2014 in waters Yonagunijima island in Okinawa Prefecture (Provided by the National Museum of Nature and Science)
Researchers trying to figure out early migration to the Japanese archipelago are building a primitive straw boat to test their theory of a sea-borne route.
Need for rocks for U.S. base construction sending ripples to...
Tsuneko Tomita, a member of a conservation group, inspects a quarry in the northeastern section of Shodoshima, a town in Kagawa Prefecture. (Setsuko Tachikawa)
SHODOSHIMA, Kagawa Prefecture--Conservationist Tsuneko Tomita thinks Defense Ministry officials must have rocks in their head for wanting to ship fill material from here all...
EDITORIAL: Ginowan election result does not mean public supports...
Okinawa Governor Takeshi Onaga responds to reporters' questions in Ginowan, Okinawa Prefecture, on Jan. 24 after the mayoral election results were announced. (Koichi Ueda)
Voters in Ginowan, Okinawa Prefecture, where the U.S. Marine Corps Air Station Futenma is located, have given a second term to Mayor Atsushi Sakima, who was backed by the Abe...
Tokyo-backed candidate set to win Okinawa election in boost for Abe
Atsushi Sakima, center, celebrates his victory in Ginowan, Okinawa Prefecture, on Jan. 24. (Masaru Komiyaji/ The Asahi Shimbun)
The candidate backed by Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's government will win the Okinawa city mayor's race, handing Tokyo a key victory that could help smooth the...
Okinawa's Onaga prepares another lawsuit in bid to stop U.S. base...
Okinawa Governor Takeshi Onaga addresses Okinawa prefectural government employees Jan. 4. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
Okinawa Governor Takeshi Onaga is preparing to slap Tokyo with another lawsuit in his dogged fight to stop the relocation of a U.S. military base within the island prefecture.
Great white shark dies after three days in Okinawa aquarium
A great white shark in captivity in Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium on Jan. 5 (Provided by Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium)
A great white shark has died after barely three days in a rare case of captivity in a Japanese aquarium.
EDITORIAL: A sleepless year with no relief for the soul’s...
Shunsuke Tsurumi (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
The Achomawi tribe of northern California tells a unique myth about how the world was created.
VOX POPULI: Let 2016 mark a return to rational thinking
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and Okinawa Governor Takeshi Onaga greet each other Sept. 7 ahead of a meeting in Tokyo on relocating the U.S. Marine Corps Air Station Futenma. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
"Sokotsu Nagaya" (scatterbrain row house) is a classic "rakugo" comic storytelling number with an offbeat storyline. Yanagiya Kosan V (1915-2002) made this the top piece in his ...
Foreign Ministry assumed Japan, not U.S., would pay costs for...
U.S. military planes are parked at Naha Airport on May 15, 1972, the day the United States returned Okinawa to Japan. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
Despite acknowledging Washington’s duty to pay, the Foreign Ministry assumed Japan would cover U.S. military-related costs in Okinawa two years before the island prefecture...
INTERVIEW/ Gerald L. Curtis: Japan’s 'coping' diplomacy,...
Gerald L. Curtis during an interview in New York (Photo by Yuko Lanham)
The nature of Japan’s diplomacy can best be characterized as a “coping strategy,” according to one of the most distinguished experts on Japan in the United States.
Historians call on Suga to withdraw ‘irresponsible’ remark...
Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga, left, meets with Okinawa Governor Takeshi Onaga in Naha in August. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
A group of historians has demanded Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga retract his “irresponsible” comment that appeared to downplay the burden shouldered by Okinawa...
Okinawa divers question base relocation work with photo book on...
The photo book “Life in Oura Bay” (Azumi Fukuoka)
NAGO, Okinawa Prefecture--Local divers are offering an up-close look at the threatened marine life in waters off the Henoko district, where land reclamation work is planned for ...
Okinawa city of Ginowan gets Tokyo's backing for Disney resort
U.S. Marine Corps Air Station Futenma in Ginowan, Okinawa Prefecture (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
The mayor of Ginowan, the location of the sprawling U.S. Futenma military base, has asked the government to support his plan to invite Oriental Land Co. to build a Disney...
Leader opposing Futenma project in Okinawa arrested for...
Hiroji Yamashiro, chairman of the Okinawa peace movement center, speaks to a crowd of opponents who congregated in front of Camp Schwab to protest the U.S. military base project in Nago, Okinawa Prefecture, in October. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
NAHA--A leader of a private group opposing construction of a U.S. air station in Okinawa Prefecture has been arrested on suspicion of trespassing in U.S. Marine Corps' Camp...
EDITORIAL: Stench of corruption lingers over Futenma relocation...
The Henoko coastline in Nago, Okinawa Prefecture (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
An Okinawa construction company that won a public works contract related to the U.S. military base relocation plan in Nago donated 900,000 ($7,310) yen to six candidates in the ...
Defense Ministry to ask local entities to use U.S. Osprey for...
MV-22 Osprey tilt-rotor aircraft deployed at U.S. Marine Corps Air Station Futenma in Ginowan, Okinawa Prefecture (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
To ease the burden of U.S. forces on Okinawa, the Defense Ministry plans to urge local governments throughout Japan to utilize the U.S. military's Osprey tilt-rotor aircraft...
U.S. to speed up return of Okinawa military-held land to Japan
U.S. Marine Corps Air Station Futenma in Ginowan, Okinawa Prefecture (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
The U.S. government is hastening the return of some land it holds in Okinawa, seeking to soothe local resentment over the huge American military presence on the southern...
Onaga questions Japanese democracy as trial over Okinawa base...
Okinawa Governor Takeshi Onaga, center, speaks to supporters outside the Fukuoka High Court's Naha branch on Dec. 2. (Masaru Komiyaji)
NAHA--Okinawa Governor Takeshi Onaga said Japan’s democracy and local autonomy are at stake in a trial that started Dec. 2 over plans to build a U.S. military base in his...
EDITORIAL: Henoko court battle raises fundamental question of...
Okinawa Governor Takeshi Onaga leaves the Fukuoka High Court’s Naha branch after a hearing on Dec. 2. (Koichi Ueda)
“Do local autonomy and democracy really exist in Japan?” was the big question as the trial over the government’s plan to build a new U.S. military base in Okinawa...
Okinawa eyes lawsuit in escalating legal fight over relocation of...
Okinawa Governor Takeshi Onaga in a recent news conference in Naha (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
NAHA--Okinawa Governor Takeshi Onaga is pledging to wage war with the central government over the relocation of a U.S. base within the southernmost prefecture, seeking a...