Committee Rejects Okinawa Request On Base Issue

Committee rejects Okinawa request on base issue

Japan's mediation committee has rejected the Okinawa government's request for adjudication in a dispute with the central government over a landfill project to relocate a US military base within the prefecture.

The southwestern prefecture filed the request last November with the committee, which handles disputes between the central and local governments.

Campaigning Starts For Okinawa Base Referendum

Campaigning starts for Okinawa base referendum

Official campaigning began on Thursday in Okinawa for a prefectural referendum on landfill work to relocate a US base within the southern Japanese prefecture.

The referendum on the landfill work in a coastal area of Henoko will be held on February 24.

Choice To Be Added For Base Referendum In Okinawa

Choice to be added for base referendum in Okinawa

Members of the prefectural assembly in Japan's southwestern prefecture of Okinawa have agreed to add another choice for a planned referendum on relocation of a US base in the prefecture.

They decided to add "neither" to the initially proposed two options of "yes" or "no" to the relocation plan.

Base Ball Bear Reveal Short Pv For 'flame'

Base Ball Bear reveal short PV for 'Flame'

Base Ball Bear will release their new work "Polaris" on January 30. At this time, they have revealed the short PV for the lead track "Flame."

The PV was directed by 26-year-old movie director Takei Yuri. Koide Yusuke (Vo, G) reached out to Takei after watching his 2018 film 'Red Comet Club.' "Flame" is now available for download on various music distribution sites. 

Okinawa Base Petitioners Rally At White House

Okinawa base petitioners rally at White House

Activists have staged a rally in front of the White House in protest against the relocation of a US military base in Japan's Okinawa Prefecture.

Japanese-American Robert Kajiwara was among around 40 people who gathered on Monday, after creating a petition with more than 190,000 signatures in a month. The number exceeds the 100,000 threshold that requires the White House to respond.

Okinawa Governor Visits Ny, Opposes Base Relocation

Okinawa governor visits NY, opposes base relocation

The governor of Japan's Okinawa Prefecture delivered a speech in New York on Sunday, calling for support to block the relocation of a US military base within the prefecture.

About 140 people, including those who hail from Okinawa, attended Denny Tamaki's speech at New York University.

Iwaya Seeks Understanding For Base Relocation

Iwaya seeks understanding for base relocation

Japan's Defense Minister has met with the governor of Okinawa to seek his understanding for the resumption of reclamation work for the relocation of a US air base in the prefecture.

Takeshi Iwaya visited Okinawa on Saturday for the first time since the defense ministry resumed the work on November 1st, after the land minister issued an injunction that allowed it to go ahead. The land ministry has jurisdiction over the related laws.

Abe Vows To Win Understanding On Okinawa Base

Abe vows to win understanding on Okinawa base

Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe says he will do everything he can to win understanding for the relocation of the US Marine Corps Futenma Air Station to another site in Okinawa Prefecture in southern Japan.

Abe was speaking at a Lower House Budget Committee meeting on Friday.

Defense Chief Aims For Quick Base Work

Defense chief aims for quick base work

Japan's defense chief says he intends to move ahead quickly with preparations to resume reclamation work for the relocation of a US military base in Okinawa.

Defense Minister Takeshi Iwaya told reporters on Tuesday that the land ministry told him about its decision to temporarily suspend Okinawa Prefecture's revocation of a landfill permit.

Injunction Issued In Favor Of Okinawa Base Work

Injunction issued in favor of Okinawa base work

Japan's land minister has issued an injunction that will allow the resumption of work relating to the relocation of a US military base in Okinawa.

Keiichi Ishii told reporters on Tuesday that his ministry had temporarily suspended Okinawa Prefecture's revocation of a landfill permit for the relocation work.

Injunction Granted For Okinawa Base Landfill

Injunction granted for Okinawa base landfill

Japan's Defense Ministry is set to resume reclamation work in Okinawa to relocate a US military base within the southern island prefecture.

Land minister Keiichi Ishii issued an injunction on Tuesday giving a green light to the work. His ministry has jurisdiction over the land reclamation law.