Onaga Takeshi, who opposed relocating the U.S. Marine Corp Air Station Futenma airbase in Okinawa, has died suddenly.* An election for prefectural governor will occur in September. It seems to be a one-on-one fight between Saki Atsushi, the former mayor of Ginowan, who is backed by the Abe [Read more]
'[W]e can do no more than plead with the U.S. military because Japan does not hold the power to enforce measures such as investigations or flight suspensions.'
An elementary school playing field, a place which should be safe, turned out to be dangerous situated next to a U.S. military base; there was an incident in which a window dropped from a U.S. military helicopter. The government needs to deal with the United States with a firm hand.
The Second Futenma Elementary [Read more]
At the 31st annual Veterans for Peace meeting in California, the organization of military veterans unanimously passed a resolution to oppose the construction of helipads in Takae. The resolution also opposed construction of a new base in Henoko Bay, in Nago.
With 8,000 members across 120 branches, VFP is the largest [Read more]
Incidents involving the U.S. army are happening again and again.
Is Henoko truly the only option?
The world’s eyes are on Okinawa. The government should be aware of this.
The central government must put a stop to the embarrassing clampdown immediately.
This is a barbaric act that tramples upon the dignity of a woman, and we will remember this indignation.
We cannot lose sight of the real issue of U.S. bases in Okinawa.