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.

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.