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anti-base protests in Okinawa

Japan’s Plan for a New JGSDF Training Site in Okinawa Stokes Opposition

Japan’s Plan for a New JGSDF Training Site in Okinawa Stokes Opposition

By Takahashi Kosuke
The Ministry of Defense plans to build a new training ground for the Japan Ground Self-Defense Force in the central area of Okinawa's main island.

Okinawa Is the Key to Japan’s Defense – Even If Okinawans Don’t Like It

Okinawa Is the Key to Japan’s Defense – Even If Okinawans Don’t Like It

By Hans Horan
The Indo-Pacific’s increasingly unstable security environment will ensure that Okinawa remains at the center of Japan’s defense strategy. 
Okinawans March for Peace as Japan Beefs Up US Military Alliance

Okinawans March for Peace as Japan Beefs Up US Military Alliance

By Cristian Martini Grimaldi
Even while Tokyo moves to bolster its defense capabilities, residents of Okinawa continue to protest the militarization of their homeland.

Okinawa and the Osprey: A Human Rights Perspective

Okinawa and the Osprey: A Human Rights Perspective

By Mark S. Cogan
Civil society groups claim that the tiltrotor aircraft has had a significant impact on the local population's quality of life.

Okinawa Reelects Governor Opposing Heavy US Troop Presence

Okinawa Reelects Governor Opposing Heavy US Troop Presence

By Mari Yamaguchi
Resentment and frustration run deep in Okinawa because of the heavy U.S. presence and Tokyo's lack of efforts to negotiate with Washington.

What’s Driving Taiwan’s Mass Protests?
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Okinawa Marks 50 Years of End to US Rule Amid Protests

Okinawa Marks 50 Years of End to US Rule Amid Protests

By Mari Yamaguchi
Fifty years after Okinawa was returned to Japan’s control, locals continue to decry the outsized burden the island group carries in the Japan-U.S. security alliance.

Why Okinawans Are Outraged by the Aegis Ashore Cancellation

Why Okinawans Are Outraged by the Aegis Ashore Cancellation

By Robert Kajiwara
The cancellation of the controversial missile defense program is seen as discrimination by Okinawans, who have long fought base construction on similar grounds.
USMC’s Futenma Replacement Facility in Okinawa Delayed – For How Long?

USMC’s Futenma Replacement Facility in Okinawa Delayed – For How Long?

By C. Douglas Lummis
Yet more delays for the controversial facility as local opposition continues unabated.

Okinawa and Japanese Government Locked In Hostile Battle Over US Base Relocation

Okinawa and Japanese Government Locked In Hostile Battle Over US Base Relocation

By Thisanka Siripala
The prolonged showdown intensified as the contentious landfill construction hit a design plan snag.

Japan’s New Okinawa Governor Sets Tough Anti-US Military Agenda

Japan’s New Okinawa Governor Sets Tough Anti-US Military Agenda

By Thisanka Siripala
Denny Tamaki’s opposition to the U.S. military presence in Okinawa adds a new chapter to the Futenma relocation dispute. 

What to Watch in the Okinawa Governor's Election

What to Watch in the Okinawa Governor's Election

By Mina Pollmann
The governor's race will have major ramifications for the long-stalled Futenma relocation project.
Okinawa Governor’s Death Marks the End of an Era for Anti-US Base Movement

Okinawa Governor’s Death Marks the End of an Era for Anti-US Base Movement

By Aki Nakai
With the death of Governor Onaga, will a new political consensus emerge on the Futenma relocation question?

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