Us Military Denies Object That Fell On Okinawa Day Care Dropped From Marine Chopper

US military denies object that fell on Okinawa day care dropped from Marine chopper

GINOWAN, Okinawa -- The U.S. military denied on Dec. 11 that an object that dropped onto the roof of a day care facility here on Dec. 7 fell from an aircraft based at the nearby U.S. Marine Corps Air Station Futenma.

The U.S. military communicated its position to Koichiro Nakajima, director-general of the Defense Ministry's Okinawa Defense Bureau, who revealed it at a meeting with Ginowan Mayor Atsushi Sakima.

Japan Plans To Join U.s.-led Moon Station Project

Japan plans to join U.S.-led moon station project

The Japanese government on Tuesday approved a plan to join a U.S.-proposed project to build a new space station in the moon's orbit, hoping for a chance to send Japanese astronauts to the lunar surface for the first time.

Under its basic space policy roadmap, Japan is looking to contribute to the U.S.-led project, which is expected to be completed in the latter half of the 2020s, with its unmanned cargo ship and technology to prevent space radiation.

Outcry Grows After Fall Of Apparent Us Copter Part

Outcry grows after fall of apparent US copter part

Protests have grown in Japan's southwestern prefecture of Okinawa after an object apparently from a US military helicopter fell onto the roof of a children's nursery.

The object was found on the roof of the nursery about 300 meters from the US Marine Corps Futenma Air Station in Ginowan City on Thursday. The cylindrical item is about 9.5 centimeters long and weighs more than 200 grams. It has the word "U.S." written on it.

Defense Ministry Seeks Okinawa's Ok To Relocate Endangered Species Near New Us Base Site

Defense Ministry seeks Okinawa's OK to relocate endangered species near new US base site

The Defense Ministry is set to apply with the Okinawa Prefectural Government for permission to relocate endangered coral and other species out of the waters where the central government intends to build a replacement facility for the U.S. Marine Corps Air Station Futenma, government sources said.

Officials unveiled the plan at a meeting of the ministry's environmental surveillance panel on the base relocation plan on Dec. 5.

Ex-us Base Worker Gets Life For 2016 Slaying

Ex-US base worker gets life for 2016 slaying

A Japanese court has sentenced a former civilian worker at a US base in Okinawa, southern Japan, to life in prison for murdering a woman.

The 33-year-old defendant is former US Marine Kenneth Franklin Shinzato. He was accused of assaulting the 20-year-old woman with intent to rape her and of killing her on a road in Uruma City in April, 2016. Shinzato was employed by a firm inside the US Kadena Air Base compound at the time.

Ohtani In Us To Choose Mlb Club

Ohtani in US to choose MLB club

Japanese baseball star Shohei Ohtani has arrived in the United States to begin contract negotiations with Major League baseball clubs.

Two-way player Ohtani will move from the Nippon-Ham Fighters to a Major League club through the posting system.

Japan To Work With Us To Further Beef Up Pressure On N. Korea

Japan to work with US to further beef up pressure on N. Korea

The Japanese government has reaffirmed its policy to maximize its pressure on North Korea in collaboration with the United States in the wake of Pyongyang's latest missile launch on Nov. 29, with which North Korean leader Kim Jong Un declared the completion of his country's full nuclear potential.

"We will maximize our pressure (on North Korea) without giving in to any provocative acts," Prime Minister Shinzo Abe told reporters on Nov. 29 after the North's launch of an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) early that morning.

Indy 500 Trophy Leaves Us For 1st Time For Japanese Visit

Indy 500 trophy leaves US for 1st time for Japanese visit

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) -- The Borg-Warner Trophy that honors the Indianapolis 500 winner left the United States for the first time in its 82 years on Tuesday to celebrate Takuma Sato's victory in Japan.

The trophy's permanent home is the museum at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. It headed to Tokyo for a 15-day tour of festivities for Sato, the first Japanese winner of "The Greatest Spectacle in Racing."

Nissan Teases New Crossover For La Show, Is It The Us-spec Kicks?

Nissan Teases New Crossover For LA Show, Is It The US-Spec Kicks?

Nissan has released the first teaser image of a new crossover which will debut at the Los Angeles Auto Show on November 29th.

The image doesn't reveal much but it appears to show a compact crossover with a short hood and a gently sloping roof. Little else is known about the model but the Los Angeles Auto Show previously revealed the crossover will be shown alongside an assortment of Star Wars inspired vehicles to promote the upcoming film Star Wars: The Last Jedi.

Mazda Hoping New Crossover Will Kickstart Us Sales Surge

Mazda Hoping New Crossover Will Kickstart US Sales Surge

Mazda will introduce another crossover model in 2021 aimed exclusively at the US market. 

The unnamed new crossover will help Mazda kickstart its much needed US sales surge, company CEO CEO Masamichi Kogai told Automotive News in a recent interview. Kogai had previously hoped to grow Mazda’s US sales to over 400,000 annually by 2015,  but the automaker has instead experienced two straight years of declining sales in the region. The crossover, which will be built in the United States, will slot into the automaker’s lineup without stepping on the toes of the existing CX-3, CX-5 and CX-9 crossovers.

Abe Welcomes Us Relisting Of N.korea

Abe welcomes US relisting of N.Korea

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has once again welcomed the US government's relisting of North Korea as a state sponsor of terrorism, calling it extremely important pressure.

Abe was answering a question from a ruling coalition lawmaker at a Lower House committee session on Monday.