Japanese Gov't Prevented From Environmental Inspections On Us Bases Since Fy2014

Japanese gov't prevented from environmental inspections on US bases since FY2014

The Environment Ministry has not been able to conduct on-site environmental inspections of U.S. military bases in Japan since fiscal 2014, and Okinawa Prefecture, where the majority of U.S. bases in Japan are concentrated, is calling for the inspections to be resumed.

It is believed that an agreement reached by the Japan-U.S. Joint Committee -- which comprises Japanese bureaucrats and U.S. military officials and meets regularly to discuss the implementation of the Japan-U.S. Status of Forces Agreement -- has resulted in the Japanese Environment Ministry not being able to carry out environmental inspections. The ministry, however, has refused to release the contents of the discussions that led to the current state of affairs, keeping the public in the dark.

Anti-nuclear Group To Call For Probe Into Us Bases

Anti-nuclear group to call for probe into US bases

An anti-nuclear group will demand Japan's government to inspect US bases in Okinawa, following a report that a large number of nuclear weapons were once stored there.

An NHK documentary broadcast in September revealed that 1,300 nuclear weapons were kept in Okinawa during the height of the Cold War.

Governor Tells Us Envoy Bases Are 'discrimination' Against Okinawa

Governor tells US envoy bases are 'discrimination' against Okinawa

NAHA, Japan (Kyodo) -- Okinawa Gov. Takeshi Onaga told the new U.S. ambassador to Japan on Monday that the heavy local U.S. military presence and ongoing plan to move a key U.S. air base within Okinawa amount to "discrimination" against the island prefecture.

In the first meeting with U.S. Ambassador to Japan William Hagerty who arrived in Japan in August, Onaga expressed his frustration over an attempt to build "another new base by reclaiming the beautiful sea" to relocate the air base even though Okinawa has hosted the bulk of U.S. military facilities in Japan over the past seven decades since the end of World War II.

Rugby: Organizers Struggling To Select Qualified Cup Training Bases

Rugby: Organizers struggling to select qualified Cup training bases

The organizers of the next Rugby World Cup, Japan Rugby 2019, will not announce their candidates to host official training bases for the tournament as scheduled, organizing committee CEO Akira Shimazu indicated Tuesday.

Under the original schedule, organizers were supposed to announce the qualified candidates from 76 applicants this past summer, with the teams then choosing their training bases this autumn following inspections of the various candidates.

Baseball: Suzuki Surpasses Oh's Total Bases Record With 5,863

Baseball: Suzuki surpasses Oh's total bases record with 5,863

Ichiro Suzuki went one better than Japan's all-time home run king Sadaharu Oh on Wednesday when he reached 5,863 total bases in Japan and Major League Baseball combined in the Miami Marlins' 8-1 loss to the Washington Nationals.

Suzuki had a pinch-hit single in the fifth inning off Nationals starter Gio Gonzalez (14-6) at Marlins Park for his 3,974th base in the big leagues. He had 1,889 in nine years through 2000 with the then Orix BlueWave in Nippon Professional Baseball.

Okinawa Gov. Frustrated With Us Bases On 45th Reversion Anniversary

Okinawa gov. frustrated with US bases on 45th reversion anniversary

NAHA, Japan (Kyodo) -- Okinawa Gov. Takeshi Onaga expressed his frustration Monday over the continued large presence of U.S. military bases in the island prefecture as it marks the 45th anniversary of its reversion to Japan from U.S. military rule.

"Even after the reversion, (Okinawa) continues to suffer from incidents and accidents linked to U.S. bases, environmental and other concerns," Onaga said in a statement, calling the bases the "biggest impediment to development" in his prefecture.

Japan, Us Sign Pact On Spending For Us Bases

Japan, US sign pact on spending for US basesJapan and the United States have signed an agreement on financing of the cost of maintaining US military bases in Japan.
The accord stipulates that Japanese spending will remain at almost the current level over the next 5 years.

Japan Hopes To Pay Same Amount For Us Bases

Japan hopes to pay same amount for US basesThe Japanese government has proposed maintaining its annual financial contributions to US bases in the country for fiscal 2016 at about the same level as the past 5 years.
A government source told NHK that Japanese officials made the proposal at recent working-level talks in Tokyo. He cited changes in the security situation in East Asia.

Japan, U.s. Sign New Environment Pact For U.s. Military Bases In Japan

Japan, U.S. sign new environment pact for U.S. military bases in JapanJapan and the United States on Monday signed a new pact allowing local officials to enter U.S. military bases in Japan to conduct environmental surveys.
Under the accord, the United States can also give permission for Japan to conduct soil and other relevant surveys about seven months prior to the expected return of land used by bases to Japanese control.