Aomori Governor Wants Misawa Base To Halt Drills

Aomori governor wants Misawa base to halt drills

The governor of Aomori Prefecture in northern Japan wants a US military base to suspend drills after a fighter jet accidentally dropped an inert bomb.

An F-16 stationed at the US Misawa Air Base dropped the 230-kilogram device on private land near a gunnery range north of the base on Wednesday. The US military has now suspended training with inert bombs at the base.

Tokyo Governor Challenges Olympic Marathon Move

Tokyo Governor challenges Olympic marathon move

The governor of Tokyo says she hopes to keep the 2020 Olympic marathon and race walking events in the capital, challenging the plan of the International Olympic Committee to move them to the northern city of Sapporo.

Yuriko Koike was speaking at an IOC meeting that kicked off in Tokyo on Wednesday. Among the other attendees were IOC Coordination Commission Chairman John Coates, Tokyo Games organizing committee president Yoshiro Mori, and Minister for Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Games Seiko Hashimoto.

Tokyo Governor Surprised By Ioc Relocation Plan

Tokyo governor surprised by IOC relocation plan

Tokyo Governor Yuriko Koike says she is surprised by the International Olympic Committee's proposal to move the marathon and race walking events for next year's Olympics to Sapporo in Hokkaido.

The IOC announced the plan on Wednesday, citing the cooler summer weather in the northern city.

New Defense Minister Meets Okinawa Governor

New defense minister meets Okinawa governor

Japan's new defense minister has sought public understanding of the government's efforts to reduce the burden of Okinawa prefecture's hosting of US military bases.

Taro Kono met Okinawa Governor Denny Tamaki on Sunday during his first visit to the prefecture after assuming his post earlier this month.

Chiba Governor Seeks Severe Disaster Designation

Chiba governor seeks severe disaster designation

The governor of Chiba Prefecture, which suffered widespread damage from last week's Typhoon Faxai, has asked the central government to officially designate the situation a "devastating disaster."

Governor Kensaku Morita met Prime Minister Shinzo Abe in Tokyo on Wednesday.

Environment Minister Meets Fukushima Governor

Environment Minister meets Fukushima Governor

Environment Minister Shinjiro Koizumi has met with the governor of Fukushima Prefecture, and discussed a storage facility for contaminated soil from the 2011 nuclear disaster.

Koizumi met Governor Masao Uchibori at the prefectural government building on Thursday, in his first visit to Fukushima after assuming his new post on Wednesday.

Tokyo Governor Aims For Zero Co2 Emissions By 2050

Tokyo governor aims for zero CO2 emissions by 2050

Tokyo Governor Yuriko Koike says she plans to draw up by December a strategy to effectively reduce the city's carbon dioxide emissions to zero by 2050.

Koike announced her plans at the Urban 20 Mayors Summit talks, which began in the Japanese capital on Tuesday.

Kagoshima Governor Visits Rain-hit Yakushima

Kagoshima governor visits rain-hit Yakushima

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.

Abe, Okinawa Governor Meet Over Base Relocation

Abe, Okinawa Governor meet over base relocation

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 Says He Will Never Give Up.

Okinawa governor says he will never give up.

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 Planning Referendum In Early 2019

Okinawa governor planning referendum in early 2019

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 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.

Okinawa Governor Seeks Dialogue With Govt.

Okinawa governor seeks dialogue with govt.

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.

Okinawa Governor Denounces Tokyo's Move

Okinawa governor denounces Tokyo's move

Okinawa Governor Denny Tamaki has denounced the central government's latest action to resume work to move a US military base in the southern Japanese prefecture.

In August, Okinawa revoked a landfill permit for building the facility to replace the US Marine Corps Futenma Air Station.