The U.S. Consul General in Okinawa, Joel Ehrendreich, made the following statement concerning local opposition to the construction of the new base at Henoko Nago during an interview with Kyodo News:
“[Local opinion] is a very important and serious issue, but it’s just one small part of the plan to reorganize the [Read more]
The Department of Defense, the U.S. military's virtual landlord in Japan, should be obligated to at least provide host towns and cities with critical information for evacuation planning.
By continuing to ignore these reports, the U.S. and Japanese governments both show a disconcerting lack of sincerity. They should adopt the U.N.’s suggestions by immediately ceasing construction of the new base and settling the human rights violations involved.
The U.S. and Japan held a summit marking the critical turning point of World War II 70 years after the war. Reconciliation between these two once combatant nations was made possible by the great effort of its current leaders. However, it cannot be described as an “alliance” when one side merely obeys the other [Read more]
Protests against an American base have increased tension between Okinawa and the Japanese government. Under the surface, there has turned out to be two contrasting visions of America on the archipelago: one of being an object of consumerism, and the other of military violence.
Some 35,000 people gathered for the [Read more]
For that matter, as a democratic nation, it’s inexcusable for the US to turn a blind eye to the desires of Japan’s citizenry.
Useless words are dancing around. That’s the uncontrollable impression I’m getting.
Defense Minister Gen. Nakatani held a discussion with U.S. Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter. In the press conference, Nakatani said in regard to Marine Corps Air Station Futenma that its relocation to Henoko in the city of Nago [Read more]
There is no such thing as a policy without options. It’s time the Japanese and American governments consider an option besides Henoko.
If you have been to Hawaii and have met an Okinawan-American person there, you should know firsthand how kind they are to visitors from Okinawa. Okinawan-Americans have also supported Okinawa through difficult times. This is a relationship we should treasure.
Takeshi Onaga, governor of Okinawa Prefecture, announced [Read more]