Okinawa's Agent Orange fears return with discovery of buried US barrels

Okinawa's Agent Orange fears return with discovery of buried US barrels

Persistent suspicions that the United States stored the defoliant Agent Orange at its bases on Okinawa are back in the spotlight after the recent discovery of ageing chemical barrels buried on former US Air Force land.

Tuesday, 2 July, 2013, 2:09am

Osaka Mayor Toru Hashimoto sorry for insulting US in prostitute row

Toru Hashimoto speaks at the Foreign Correspondents' Club of Tokyo. Photo: EPA

An outspoken Japanese politician apologised yesterday for saying US troops should patronise prostitutes as a way to reduce rapes, but defended another remark about Japan's use of sex slaves during the second world war.

28 May 2013 - 2:42am 3 comments

Okinawa doesn't belong to Japan, says hawkish PLA general

"The Ryukyus do not belong to Japan," said Major General Luo Yuan. Photo: Simon Song

A hawkish Chinese general has possibly opened a Pandora's box on territorial disputes in East Asia by saying that the Ryukyu Islands including Okinawa do not belong to Japan.

29 Aug 2013 - 4:13am

China brushes off Japan's Okinawa protest as experts call it move to seize Diaoyus

A People's Daily article said Ryukyus were a “vassal state” of China before Japan annexed the islands

China has dismissed a diplomatic protest by Japan over a commentary in a state-run publication that challenged Tokyo's ownership of Okinawa, home to major US bases. The latest angry exchange could further strain tense relations between Asia's two largest economies, which are involved in a stand-off over a group of uninhabited islands in the East China Sea, called the Senkakus in Japan and the Diaoyus in China.

29 Aug 2013 - 4:13am

Daily publishes challenge to Japanese sovereignty over Okinawa

Okinawa is part of the Ryukyu island chain and home to major US bases. Photo: EPA

The article in the Communist Party mouthpiece argued China may have rights to the Ryukyu chain, which includes Okinawa.

29 Aug 2013 - 4:13am

Japan puts anti-North Korean missiles in Tokyo

Patriot missiles are stationed near the Defence Ministry in Tokyo. Photo: Reuters

Japan has deployed Patriot missiles in its capital as it readies to defend the 30 million people who live in greater Tokyo from any North Korean attack, an official said on Tuesday.

29 Aug 2013 - 4:13am

UN sets up commission of inquiry into rights abuses by North Korea

So Se Pyong, North Korea's ambassador to the UN. Photo: Reuters

The UN yesterday set up a commission of inquiry into human-rights violations in North Korea, saying some "may amount to crimes against humanity". The 47-member Geneva forum unanimously adopted a resolution brought by the European Union and Japan, and backed by the United States, condemning alleged torture, food deprivation and labour camps for political prisoners.

22 Mar 2013 - 5:35am

North Korea threatens US bases in Okinawa, Guam as 'within range'

North Korea says the US Marine Corps base in Okinawa is within its attack range. Photo: EPA

The North Korean army on Thursday threatened a possible strike against US military bases in Japan, in response to the use of nuclear-armed US B-52 bombers in joint military drills with South Korea.

29 Aug 2013 - 4:13am

US sailors jailed for up to 10 years over Okinawa rape

Civic group members hold placards to protest over the alleged rape of a local woman by two US servicemen in Okinawa, in front of the prime minister's official residence in Tokyo in October. Photo: AFP

Two US sailors who raped a Japanese woman in Okinawa last October were jailed on Friday for a crime that reignited long-smouldering anger against the American military in Japan.

2 Mar 2013 - 4:26am

Briefs, February 27, 2013

Two US sailors yesterday admitted raping a Japanese woman in Okinawa, in a case that has generated huge anti-American anger in Japan.

27 Feb 2013 - 3:37am

Okinawa axes racy ad campaign using young women's thighs after outcry

A plan for body stickers to be worn by dozens of young women across Japan to draw visitors to Okinawa was scrapped due to public outrage. Photo: Reuters

First proposed in December, the plan was for body stickers to be worn by dozens of young women across Japan to draw visitors to the beaches and nightlife of the country's most southerly prefecture.

6 Feb 2013 - 5:28am

Japan ex-minister warns of Okinawa unrest, secession

Anti American protesters in Okinawa at a recent rally. Photo: AP

A former Japanese minister has warned domestic terrorists could strike Tokyo if the government fails to address anger in Okinawa over a heavy US military presence there.

31 Jan 2013 - 2:19pm

Briefs, January 28, 2013

Japan will boost its number of military personnel, Defence Minister Itsunori Onodera said, as the new government led by the Liberal Democratic Party tackles a territorial spat with Beijing over East China Sea islets.

28 Jan 2013 - 5:32am

Briefs, December 3, 2012

Briton to face murder charges in Thailand

3 Dec 2012 - 4:27am

Briefs, November 24, 2012

Sri Lanka's chief justice, Shirani Bandaranayake. Photo:AP

US pair arrested amid Okinawa rape anger

24 Nov 2012 - 3:11am