Govt., Okinawa Still Disputing Futenma Base Move

Govt., Okinawa still disputing Futenma base move

Japan's Defense Ministry filed an application with Okinawa Prefecture on Tuesday to alter a construction plan for the relocation of a US base within the prefecture. The revised plan would include work to strengthen the soft foundation of reclaimed land. The prefecture is expected to reject the request.

The central government wants to move the US Marine Corps Futenma Air Station in Ginowan City to the less-populated Henoko district in Nago City.

Top Court Rules Against Okinawa Over Henoko

Top court rules against Okinawa over Henoko

Japan's top court has finalized a ruling against Okinawa Prefecture over a landfill project needed to move a US airbase in the southern prefecture.

The Supreme Court on Thursday rejected an appeal by the prefectural government to halt the project.

Okinawa Likely To Lose Henoko Landfill Lawsuit

Okinawa likely to lose Henoko landfill lawsuit

Japan's highest court is likely to rule against Okinawa Prefecture in a lawsuit over a landfill project that is needed for the relocation of a US base there.

The prospect emerged as the Supreme Court's First Petty Bench now says it will issue a ruling on March 26 without holding a hearing. Hearings are needed when the top court reverses lower court rulings.

Okinawa Base Landfill May Take 10 Years To Finish

Okinawa base landfill may take 10 years to finish

Japan's Defense Ministry is making arrangements to extend the planned completion date for the relocation of a US military base within Okinawa Prefecture.

The central government wants to relocate the US Marine Corps Futenma Air Station in Ginowan City to the less populated Henoko district in Nago City.

Apparent Flare Bomb On Okinawa Farmland

Apparent flare bomb on Okinawa farmland

What appears to be a flare bomb has been found on farmland in Japan's southwestern prefecture of Okinawa. No one was injured.

An eyewitness says an object fell on the town of Kin at around 4 p.m. on Thursday.

Okinawa Sets Up Taskforce To Rebuild Shuri Castle

Okinawa sets up taskforce to rebuild Shuri Castle

The Okinawa prefectural government has established a taskforce for the rebuilding of Shuri Castle, which was destroyed by fire last month.

Governor Denny Tamaki appointed six personnel from the prefectural office to the team on Monday. The taskforce will report directly to the governor.

Okinawa Sets Up Panel To Assist Castle Restoration

Okinawa sets up panel to assist castle restoration

Japan's southern prefecture of Okinawa has decided to set up a panel of experts and government officials to promote prefecture-wide efforts to restore the Shuri Castle.

Okinawa officials say the make-up of the panel has yet to be determined, but they are thinking of including experts who were involved in the previous restoration of the castle.

Okinawa World Heritage Site Burns Down

Okinawa World Heritage site burns down

A huge fire at Shurijo Castle in Japan's southern prefecture of Okinawa has finally been brought under control.

The fire raged for 11 hours and destroyed several buildings at the UNESCO world heritage site. Police and fire department officials have launched an investigation.

Typhoon Mitag Blasts Okinawa

Typhoon Mitag blasts Okinawa

A large and strong typhoon is bringing heavy rains and powerful winds to parts of southwestern Japan.

The Japan Meteorological Agency says Typhoon Mitag was over waters about 290 kilometers north of Okinawa's island of Yonaguni at 6 a.m. on Tuesday.

Typhoon Mitag Approaches Okinawa

Typhoon Mitag approaches Okinawa

Typhoon Mitag is moving northward over waters around the Yaeyama Islands in the southern Japanese prefecture of Okinawa, hitting them with violent winds.

The Japan Meteorological Agency says that as of 8 p.m. on Monday, Mitag was moving 40 kilometers south of Yonaguni Island at a speed of 25 kilometers per hour.

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.

Typhoontapah Approaches Close To Okinawa

TyphoonTapah approaches close to Okinawa

Typhoon Tapah is coming close to Japan's southern island prefecture of Okinawa, bringing fierce winds and high waves. Rain is expected across wide areas of the country through Monday. Maximum sustained winds from the storm have reached 126 kilometers per hour.

The Meteorological Agency says Tapah is moving over waters about 100 kilometers southwest of Kume Island.

Okinawa Special Police Unit To Deal With Intruders

Okinawa special police unit to deal with intruders

Japan's National Police Agency will deploy its first special unit in Okinawa in fiscal 2020 to deal with intruders on remote islands near the country's borders.

The task force will be set up within the Okinawa prefectural police and is expected to consist of trained officers armed with submachine guns and other defense equipment.