Japan may have to scrap plans to build an early warning base for its Self-Defence Forces on the Okinawan island of Yonaguni after the local government put an exorbitant price on the land required for the facility.Saturday, 6 April, 2013, 2:46am
Japan and the United States yesterday agreed on a plan that will see some land occupied by the US military returned to the islands in a bid to break the deadlock in a long-stalled deal. Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and US Ambassador John Roos issued a joint statement on the agreement, under which five US military facilities and other areas on Okinawa's main island will return to Japan over the years.6 Apr 2013 - 2:29am
US and Japanese officers are discussing worst-case contingency plans for retaking the disputed Diaoyu Islands if China moves to seize them, US officials said. Japan's Nikkei newspaper first reported the talks, which prompted a strong reaction from Beijing. "We have contingency plans and we discuss them with allies," a US official said on condition of anonymity.22 Mar 2013 - 2:54am
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
Japanese police arrested a US marine yesterday on suspicion of trespassing on the island of Okinawa amid anger over military crimes and demands for stricter regulations for US troops.
The incident, the second after the US military had stepped up discipline last month, immediately triggered a harsh reaction from the Okinawan government.19 Nov 2012 - 3:27am
Two US servicemen have been indicted on charges of raping a Japanese woman in Okinawa, news reports said, in a case that has fanned anti-American flames on the island.
Okinawa prosecutors have charged Christopher Browning and Skyler Dozierwalker, both 23, with raping and injuring the woman last month, Jiji Press said.7 Nov 2012 - 2:07am
Two US servicemen were indicted on Tuesday on charges of raping a Japanese woman in Okinawa, news reports said, in a case that has fanned the flames of anti-Americanism on the island.
Okinawa prosecutors charged Christopher Browning and Skyler Dozierwalker, both 23, with raping and injuring the woman last month, Jiji Press said.6 Nov 2012 - 4:33pm
The US military said yesterday it was imposing a curfew on all military personnel in Japan after two servicemen allegedly raped a local woman in Okinawa.
From 11pm to 5am all the approximately 47,000 members of the US armed forces stationed in Japan must stay on base or in their homes. The curfew began last night, with no end date given.20 Oct 2012 - 12:12pm
Six Osprey hybrid aircraft were transferred to a US base on the southern Japanese island of Okinawa on Monday – and were greeted by hundreds of protesters outside the fence.1 Oct 2012 - 2:46pm