The Japanese government is removing floats meant to block seaborne protesters from the construction area of a new runway into Oura Bay, a sign that further delays can be expected in Marine Corps Air Station Futenma’s relocation to Camp Schwab.
A commercial terminal at Marine Corps Air Station Iwakuni is offering new flights to Okinawa and Tokyo — a move officials say should help lift the local economy while benefiting military installations throughout Japan.
The head of U.S. Marines in Japan apologized Wednesday to Okinawa’s governor for the alleged rape of a Japanese woman by a Navy sailor and ensured him the military will cooperate thoroughly with the investigation.
A U.S. Navy sailor assigned to Camp Schwab has been charged with raping a Japanese woman in an Okinawa hotel, a case that could enflame tensions on the tiny island prefecture, if history is any indication.
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said Friday that he has agreed to accept court-mediated arbitration to settle the dispute with Okinawa’s prefectural government over relocating Marine Corps Air Station Futenma.
Kadena Air Base officials have acknowledged using a restricted contaminant found in firefighting foam after high levels of the hazardous organic compound were detected in streams running through the base and in adjacent groundwater wells.
The newly re-elected mayor of the Okinawan town hosting U.S. Marine Corps Air Station Futenma has called on the prefectural governor to reopen negotiations on closing the controversial base within five years.
Kadena Air Base has offered reassurances that its water is safe to drink even though high levels of a restricted substance were discovered in streams running through the base and in adjacent groundwater wells.
Mayors committed to U.S. military base realignment plans in Okinawa and Iwakuni each won re-election this past weekend, giving the Japanese government a political boost against those opposed to the moves.
The Japanese government filed suit Tuesday in Okinawa in what is largely seen as the first step in the final showdown between Tokyo and Gov. Takeshi Onaga over the closure of Marine Corps Air Station Futenma and the relocation of its flight operations to Camp Schwab.
Voice actors from the English version of the popular anime series “Dragon Ball Z” headlined Comic Con Okinawa, an annual convention at Camp Foster that brings thousands of people together in celebration of pop culture and comics.
Seeking to block a new U.S. military runway in Okinawa’s remote north, Gov. Takeshi Onaga revoked a permit Tuesday for landfill work in Oura Bay at Henoko, the latest salvo in his battle with Tokyo over the U.S. military presence on the tiny island prefecture.
Lt. Gen. John Wissler — the former top Marine official in Japan — has been tapped to take over Marine Corps Forces Command and Marine fleet operations in the Atlantic, filling the position vacated last week by Gen. Robert Neller, the newly appointed commandant.
As Lt. Gen. John Wissler stepped down as the top U.S. Marine in Japan on Friday – the anniversary of 9/11 — he thanked the men and women in his charge who have kept “the wolf away from the door” since the terror attacks claimed 2,977 lives 14 years ago.
Two months after Osama bin Laden was killed, the CIA's top operative in Pakistan was pulled out of the country in an abrupt move vaguely attributed to health concerns and his strained relationship with Islamabad. In reality, the CIA station chief was so violently ill that he was often doubled over in pain.
A command sergeant major whose out-of-regulation hairstyles, makeup and clothing sparked a firestorm of social media criticism is receiving counseling and has expressed “regret” for the distraction she has caused.
The Truman carrier strike group’s extension in the Middle East shows the U.S. military commitment to accelerate the campaign against the Islamic State group, but some analysts believe it also shows why the service’s plan to limit carrier deployments is unrealistic.