The governor of Japan's southern prefecture of Kagoshima has visited Yakushima Island, two days after the UNESCO World Heritage site was hit by record rainfall.
What is described as the heaviest rain in 50 years caused mudslides and other damage on Saturday, leaving more than 300 hikers stranded on a mountain. By Sunday evening, 314 people had descended safely.
Okinawa Governor Denny Tamaki has demanded that Prime Minister Shinzo Abe suspend landfill work for the relocation of a US military base within the southern prefecture. The prime minister asked the governor for his understanding of the relocation project, while agreeing to continue dialogue with the prefecture.
Abe met with Tamaki on Tuesday in Tokyo and discussed relocation of the US Marine Corps Futenma Air Station in Ginowan City, to the less-populated Henoko district in Nago City.
Okinawa Governor Denny Tamaki says he will take countermeasures against the landfill work the government started on Friday to build a new US military base along the coast of Henoko.
The government is moving ahead with its controversial plan to relocate a US military base within the prefecture, despite the opposition voters showed in September's gubernatorial election.
Okinawa Governor Denny Tamaki is planning to hold a referendum early next year on a plan to relocate a US air base within the prefecture.
The prefecture announced an ordinance on October 31st calling for a referendum on reclaiming the coastal area of Henoko in Nago city to relocate the US Marine Corps Futenma Air Station. It said the vote will be held within 6 months, or by the end of April.
Okinawa Governor Denny Tamaki says he has again called on the central government to hold talks about the relocation of a US military base within the prefecture.
Tamaki's remarks come a day after land minister Keiichi Ishii issued an injunction to allow reclamation work necessary for the relocation. The decision effectively suspended the Okinawa Prefecture's revocation of a landfill permit to construct a new base for the relocation.
The new governor of Okinawa in southern Japan has asked the prime minister to launch new talks on a plan to relocate a US military base in the prefecture.
Denny Tamaki met Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga in Tokyo on Friday. The meeting was their first since Tamaki was elected last month.
Thousands of people have paid their respects to former Okinawa governor Takeshi Onaga, who died of cancer at the age of 67 in August.
Onaga called for easing Okinawa's burden of hosting US military bases. His top priority was stopping the state's plan to move the US Marine Corps Futenma Air Station in Ginowan City to Nago City in the prefecture.
Official campaigning has begun in the race for governor of Japan's southern prefecture of Okinawa. It comes just over a month after the death of previous Governor Takeshi Onaga.
The candidates are expected to discuss the controversial plan to relocate an American military base within the prefecture, as well as how to revitalize Okinawa's economy.