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.
The Japanese government has informed Okinawa Gov. Takeshi Onaga it plans to resume relocation work at Camp Schwab, a northern U.S. Marine Corps base, after a month of “intensive” talks failed to produce a deal.
In early August, it appeared Okinawa Gov. Takeshi Onaga might use his authority to cancel permission for the central government’s landfill work on a U.S. facility in Henoko, where personnel from the U.S. Marine Corps Air Station Futenma are supposed to be relocated.
A senior U.S. defense official has pledged to provide the Japanese government with more information about an Army helicopter’s hard landing last week aboard a ship off Okinawa’s coast, Japanese broadcaster NHK reported Monday.
The Japanese government plans to suspend ongoing preparation for a new runway at Camp Schwab in Okinawa’s remote north after Gov. Takeshi Onaga threatened to revoke the authorization for landfill work.
A former Kadena High School student who pleaded guilty to sexually assaulting a heavily intoxicated classmate in front of other students and recording it on his cellphone was sentenced Friday to five years in prison.
The annual Irei no Hi ceremony serves as a remembrance for the 12,520 American servicemembers, 110,000 Japanese troops and 140,000 Okinawan civilians who lost their lives in the 82-day Battle of Okinawa.
Okinawa Gov. Takeshi Onaga on Friday met with U.S. Ambassador Caroline Kennedy in Tokyo and told her of his opposition to U.S. Marine Corps Air Station Futenma in Okinawa. It was Onaga’s first meeting with the ambassador since he took office in December.
The 20 teams comprising DODDS-Europe’s far-flung wrestling ranks have been sorted into three sectional meets for Saturday’s opening round of the postseason. Wrestlers advancing through this weekend’s meet will secure spots in the European championship meet set for Feb. 19-20 in Wiesbaden, Germany.