Log Boat Attempts To Reach Okinawa From Taiwan

Log boat attempts to reach Okinawa from Taiwan

A log boat set off from Taiwan on Sunday on a journey of more than 200 kilometers to Yonaguni Island in Okinawa Prefecture, southern Japan.

Researchers at Japan's National Museum of Nature and Science have been trying for three years to prove the theory that people migrated from Taiwan to Okinawa some 30,000 years ago. Previous attempts using a grass boat and a bamboo raft all failed.

Memorial Held For Wwii Battle Of Okinawa Victims

Memorial held for WWII Battle of Okinawa victims

Japan's southern prefecture of Okinawa has held a ceremony to commemorate the 74th anniversary of the end of a fierce ground battle during the final stages of World War Two.

About 5,100 people took part in the event at the Peace Memorial Park in the city of Itoman on Sunday. They held a minute-long silent prayer at noon.

Okinawa Marks 74 Years Since Wwii Battle

Okinawa marks 74 years since WWII battle

Japan's southern prefecture of Okinawa is commemorating the 74th anniversary of the end of a fierce ground battle during the final stages of World War Two.

Bereaved families and others have been gathering since early Sunday morning at the Peace Memorial Park in the city of Itoman to pay their respects.

An Okinawa University Ranks In Global Top-ten

An Okinawa university ranks in global top-ten

The British science journal Nature has ranked a university in Japan's southern prefecture of Okinawa in the top ten of institutions with the highest output of top-quality research in the natural sciences.

The Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology Graduate University was ranked tenth globally and number one in Japan.

Panel Rejects Okinawa Request On Base Issue

Panel rejects Okinawa request on base issue

A governmental arbitration panel has rejected a request by the Okinawa prefectural government to examine 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 in April with the Central and Local Government Dispute Management Council.

Okinawa Marines Relocation To Guam May Start 2025

Okinawa Marines relocation to Guam may start 2025

The US military may begin moving some of the Marines stationed in Okinawa, southwestern Japan, to Guam in 2025.

The Japanese and US governments have agreed to relocate about 9,000 Marines and their families from Okinawa to Guam, Hawaii and other places outside Japan. This is part of reorganization plans for the US military in Japan. The two governments say the move will start in the first half of the 2020s.

Us Military Calls For Restraint In Okinawa

US military calls for restraint in Okinawa

The top US military official in Okinawa has called on forces stationed there to exercise restraint following the death of a US serviceman and a Japanese woman.

A US serviceman who belonged to US Marine Corps in Okinawa and his girlfriend were found dead at a condominium in the town of Chatan in Okinawa on Saturday. Police suspect the man killed himself after fatally stabbing her.

Ministry: Revocation Of Okinawa Permit Is Illegal

Ministry: Revocation of Okinawa permit is illegal

Japan's land ministry has decided to annul Okinawa Prefecture's decision to revoke a landfill permit for the planned relocation site of a US air base.

The landfill work is part of a plan to relocate the US Marine Corps Futenma Air Station within the prefecture from Ginowan City to the less-populated Henoko district of Nago City.

Govt. To Expand Dna Tests For Okinawa War Dead

Govt. to expand DNA tests for Okinawa war dead

Japan will expand DNA tests for human remains from World War Two in Okinawa Prefecture that have not been identified more than 70 years after the war ended.

The remains of about 187,000 people have been recovered in the southern island prefecture that became a fierce battleground in the war, but few have been identified.

Okinawa Files Lawsuit Over Landfill Project

Okinawa files lawsuit over landfill project

Okinawa Prefecture in southwestern Japan has filed a lawsuit to demand the cancellation of a decision by the land minister over a landfill project related to the relocation of a US base.

The ongoing landfill work is part of a plan to relocate the US Marine Corps Futenma Air Station in Ginowan City to the less-populated Henoko district of Nago City.

Okinawa To File Lawsuit Over Landfill Project

Okinawa to file lawsuit over landfill project

Okinawa Prefecture in southwestern Japan has decided to file a lawsuit to demand the cancellation of a decision by the land minister over a landfill project related to the relocation of a US base.

The ongoing landfill work is part of a plan to relocate the US Marine Corps Futenma Air Station in Ginowan City to the less-populated Henoko district of Nago City.

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.

Tamaki Reports Okinawa Referendum Result To Abe

Tamaki reports Okinawa referendum result to Abe

Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has met the governor of Okinawa following a local referendum in which a majority voted "no" to landfill work for relocating a US military base within the southern prefecture.

Okinawa Governor Denny Tamaki visited Abe at the prime minister's office on Friday to report the outcome of the February 24 referendum.