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Okinawa governor demands Harriers be grounded pending crash probe

Okinawa’s governor demanded Friday that Marine officials ground all Harrier jets pending an investigation into a Marines’ AV-88 crash into the sea east of the island.


Opponents step up protest against US helipad plan on Okinawa

Opponents of planned U.S. helipads on Japan's southern island of Okinawa have stepped up protests in Tokyo after the central government used military aircraft to transport equipment for the project.


Attorney: Former Marine charged with rape, murder suffered mental illness

The brutal slaying horrified the Japanese, triggering an uproar of anti-American sentiment on the tiny island prefecture, where half of about 50,000 U.S. troops in Japan are based.


Japanese students gain American work experience on Okinawa

Twelve Japanese students from an Okinawan vocational school worked across Kadena Air Base to broaden their English skills, learn about American business and better prepare themselves for the workforce.


Okinawa Marines honored for helping after serious car crash

On the evening of April 16, Marine Cpl. Ian Burnham and Lance Cpl. Luis Rosas were off duty and returning to base when they witnessed a serious car crash.


Okinawa Marine accused of throwing glass at bartender

The Marine is expected to be charged with inflicting bodily injury in Sunday’s incident at a Chantan bar, said an Okinawa prefectural police spokesman.


Defense Health Agency director on Okinawa to discuss Tricare changes

The head of the agency that manages Tricare was on Okinawa Tuesday to address medical facility commanders about upcoming changes to the military’s health care program for servicemembers, dependents and retirees.


Military moms join mass breast-feeding event on Okinawa

Women on Okinawa, including U.S. military moms, brought their babies beachside for a mass public breast-feeding event aimed at raising awareness for the practice.


Japan protests Chinese vessels near disputed island chain

Japan launched a series of protests with China in recent days over what it considers provocations near disputed islets in the East China Sea.


Dalton takes reins of 7th Fleet’s amphibious force

As Rear Adm. John Nowell Jr. relinquished command of the 7th Fleet’s amphibious force to Rear Adm. Marc Dalton on Wednesday, he took a moment to show the incoming Task Force 76 commander what truly makes America’s “fight tonight” Pacific naval force great.


Bad weather on Guam sends surveillance drones to Japan

Bad weather over Guam has rerouted two U.S. Global Hawk unmanned surveillance aircraft to Okinawa.


Japan sues Okinawa governor over permit tied to Futenma relocation

The Japanese government ended months of diplomacy Friday by filing suit against Okinawa Gov. Takeshi Onaga for failing to retract his revocation of a landfill permit that is central to the relocation of Marine Corps Air Station Futenma.


Sailor sentenced to 2½ years hard labor for Okinawa rape

A U.S. sailor must serve 2½ years of hard labor for raping an intoxicated Japanese woman at a Naha hotel, an incident that sparked anti-base protests and contributed to tightened liberty restrictions on Okinawa.


Attack on Kadena worker unrelated to Okinawa tensions, police say

Okinawan police do not believe an attack on an American base employee Friday was motivated by tensions on the tiny southern Japanese island following several high-profile crimes in recent months allegedly perpetrated by U.S. military and civilian personnel.


Okinawa Marines continue community relations events in spite of tensions

Marines made pizza with locals at a community event that had no overtones of the animosity residents feel toward the U.S. military presence.


Navy sailor officially charged in wrong-way DUI crash in Okinawa

Charges have been filed against a Navy sailor whose wrong-way crash triggered sweeping travel and alcohol restrictions for servicemembers on Okinawa.


Mourning period being lifted Tuesday for US troops on Okinawa

The period of unity and mourning that was imposed for U.S. forces on Okinawa following the slaying of a 20-year-old woman will end Tuesday.


Battle of Okinawa service reflects tensions over slaying

Recent strains on the U.S.-Japan alliance were clear Thursday as high-level representatives of both countries gathered to commemorate the 71st anniversary of the end of the Battle of Okinawa, one of World War II’s fiercest ground battles.


July 4 fireworks, live concerts canceled at US bases in Japan

The rockets’ red glare will be absent from Independence Day celebrations at U.S. military bases in Japan this year. The decision to go low key for the most patriotic American holiday is an extension of the monthlong “period of unity and mourning” that was declared on Okinawa in sympathy over the slaying of a 20-year-old Okinawa woman that has been linked to a U.S. civilian base worker.


Politics play role in Tokyo's reaction to US crime on Okinawa

A servicemember who drives drunk and injures someone in the United States would likely get prosecuted and possibly become the subject of a brief news story. In Japan, the same type of incident has spurred apologies from flag officers, an ambassador and senior U.S. officials, galvanized protesters and energized politicians.


Mass Okinawa demonstration to demand Marines leave island

Okinawa’s staunchly anti-U.S. military Gov. Takeshi Onaga will be among tens of thousands of people who are expected to attend a demonstration Sunday in the wake of a U.S. civilian base worker’s arrest in the death of a 20-year-old Japanese woman.


Poll shows strong Okinawa resistance to US base realignment plan

Opposition to U.S. forces on Okinawa is hardening following a homicide and other crimes involving Americans, with a recent poll showing most respondents want the U.S. presence reduced or removed altogether.


Murder, rape charges recommended in Okinawa woman's death

Police recommended a murder charge for a U.S. base contractor who they say went cruising in his car for a total stranger to attack and killed a 20-year-old Okinawa woman making her nightly walk.


Anti-base coalition gains seats in Okinawa assembly election

The Okinawa prefectural assembly election served as a vote of confidence for staunchly anti-U.S. military Gov. Takeshi Onaga.


Exchange gas stations on Okinawa to reopen Wednesday

The Exchange gas stations on Okinawa were shut down Tuesday afternoon because of a change in the fuel delivery contract, but are expected to reopen at 9 a.m. Wednesday.


Kadena civilians face drug charges on Okinawa

Two U.S. base workers and two Japanese nationals are facing drug charges in Okinawa.


Okinawa lawmakers pass protest resolution against Marines

Okinawa lawmakers unanimously adopted a protest resolution Thursday calling for the Marine Corps to withdraw completely from the island prefecture after a U.S. base worker was arrested in the death of a 20-year-old woman.


Midnight curfew, other restrictions in place on Okinawa

A midnight curfew and other restrictions took effect Friday for all servicemembers on Okinawa after Americans were arrested in the death of one woman and the rape of another on an island with a history of public outrage over crimes by members of the U.S. community.


Obama looks to Hiroshima visit; Abe won't go to Pearl Harbor

Laying bare the complex politics of reconciliation and contrition, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Wednesday rejected the idea of visiting Pearl Harbor to reciprocate for President Barack Obama's historic trip to Hiroshima later this week. Obama, for his part, said he would use his time in Hiroshima to honor all those killed in World War II and to push for a world without nuclear weapons.


Okinawa murder dominates talks between Obama and Abe

The brutal murder of an Okinawa woman, allegedly by a U.S. military contractor, dominated a meeting between the American and Japanese leaders Wednesday night, with President Barack Obama expressing his "deepest regrets" to Prime Minister Shinzo Abe over the "tragedy."