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Relocation work of Marine Air Station in Okinawa likely to start in February

In line with the planned relocation of the U.S. Marine Corps' Futenma Air Station in Ginowan in Japan's Okinawa Prefecture to the Henoko district of Nago in the prefecture, the central government is planning to start the major parts of offshore work for land reclamation on the coast of Henoko as early as February.


Marines ID 2nd servicemember to drown off Okinawa

The Marine Corps has identified the second Okinawa servicemember to die this month in an apparent drowning or diving accident off the southern island prefecture.


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.


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.