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Former Okinawa base worker to appeal murder conviction that gave him life in prison

A former U.S. base worker sentenced to life imprisonment earlier this month for the killing of a 20-year-old Okinawan woman wants to appeal the verdict.

Okinawa-based Marines charged with credit-card fraud by Tokyo police

Two Marines, assigned to the III Marine Expeditionary Force on Okinawa, are suspected of using a fake credit card to buy clothes at a department store in Tokyo’s Shibuya district.


Prosecutors seek 2½-year prison sentence for Okinawa’s prominent anti-base protest leader

Hiroji Yamashiro, 64, chairman of The Okinawa Peace Activity Center, was arrested Oct. 16, 2016, and charged with a string of protest-related offenses — from cutting barbed wire at a U.S. installation to obstructing police and businesses.


Base worker sentenced to life with hard labor for slaying of Okinawan woman

Former U.S. base worker Kenneth Franklin Gadson told a Japanese court he never intended to kill a 20-year-old Okinawan woman when he attacked her in a remote area of Okinawa last spring.


Japanese officials may propose integrating DODEA schools on Okinawa

Specific schools, grade levels and the number of Japanese students that could be integrated under the plan remain unclear. Officials believe that improving Okinawan students’ English skills could eventually lower the island’s high youth employment rate.


Gadson ‘should not be allowed to live,’ victim’s parents say as trial continues

The parents of a 20-year-old Okinawan woman murdered last year told a packed courtroom Friday they want the former Air Force contractor charged in her death to pay for the brutal crime with his life.


Gadson pleads not guilty to Okinawan woman’s murder, but admits other charges

A former Air Force contractor admitted to some charges in the killing of a 20-year-old Okinawan woman last year. However, he pleaded not guilty to murder and insisted her death was not planned, during the first day of his trial Thursday at Naha District Court.


Residents near Yokota fight to stop evening, early morning flights

Some Japanese residents have appealed a court’s decision that allows aircraft to continue to operate from Yokota Air Base during evening and early morning hours.


Okinawa Marines resume Super Stallion flights following accident

The Marine Corps resumed CH-53E Super Stallion flights on Okinawa Wednesday despite Japanese officials’ calls to ground the legacy heavy-lift helicopters over safety concerns.


Endangered coral threatens to derail construction at Futenma relocation site

An endangered species of coral has been discovered where a U.S. military runway is being built for the relocation of Marine Corps Air Station Futenma, threatening to derail construction on the project.


Japanese remember mother, children killed after Marine Corps jet crashed 40 years ago

Paper cranes and flowers were placed over the weekend near a statue of a mother holding her two children to mark 40 years since a deadly Marine Corps plane crash in Kanagawa Prefecture.