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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

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

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

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

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

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

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'

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

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