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In Okinawa, a Phantom Victory for the Abe Administration
January 28, 2016
In Okinawa, a Phantom Victory for the Abe Administration
The recent mayoral election in Okinawa is a step forward for Tokyo, but challenges still remain on the Futenma issue.
In Okinawa, a Phantom Victory for the Abe Administration
Supporters of Okinawa Base Relocation Plan Claim a Win in Local Elections
January 26, 2016
Supporters of Okinawa Base Relocation Plan Claim a Win in Local Elections
Tokyo's favored candidate won reelection as Ginowan's mayor, providing a boost for the relocation of a U.S. base.
Supporters of Okinawa Base Relocation Plan Claim a Win in Local Elections
Beyond Futenma: Okinawa and the US Base Conundrum
November 04, 2015
Beyond Futenma: Okinawa and the US Base Conundrum
The U.S. basing dispute on Okinawa goes much deeper than the debate over Futenma Air Station.
Beyond Futenma: Okinawa and the US Base Conundrum
It’s Official: Okinawa Governor Withdraws Permission for US Base Construction
October 13, 2015
It’s Official: Okinawa Governor Withdraws Permission for US Base Construction
Governor Takeshi Onaga makes good on a promise to exhaust every means to halt the base construction.
It’s Official: Okinawa Governor Withdraws Permission for US Base Construction
Okinawa Base Issue Heats up as Governor Rescinds Construction Approval
September 15, 2015
Okinawa Base Issue Heats up as Governor Rescinds Construction Approval
Okinawa Governor Onaga has moved to rescind the central government's permit to construct a new U.S. base.
Okinawa Base Issue Heats up as Governor Rescinds Construction Approval
Revise the Plan to Build the U.S. Marine Air Base in Henoko, Okinawa
September 11, 2015
Revise the Plan to Build the U.S. Marine Air Base in Henoko, Okinawa
Tokyo and Okinawa have a better option
Revise the Plan to Build the U.S. Marine Air Base in Henoko, Okinawa
Japan Pledges to Hold 'Intensive Talks' on Okinawa Base Issue
August 08, 2015
Japan Pledges to Hold 'Intensive Talks' on Okinawa Base Issue
Tokyo will suspend construction on a new U.S. air base for one month in order to hold talks with Okinawan officials.
Japan Pledges to Hold 'Intensive Talks' on Okinawa Base Issue
Abe’s Okinawa Problem
June 24, 2015
Abe’s Okinawa Problem
The deadlock between Tokyo and Okinawa is a vulnerability for the U.S.-Japan alliance writ large.
Abe’s Okinawa Problem
On a Key Anniversary, Rethinking Okinawa’s Future
June 23, 2015
On a Key Anniversary, Rethinking Okinawa’s Future
Seventy years after the Battle of Okinawa, Japan’s southernmost prefecture still bears an unfair burden.
On a Key Anniversary, Rethinking Okinawa’s Future
In US, Okinawa Governor Pleads Case Against Base Relocation
June 04, 2015
In US, Okinawa Governor Pleads Case Against Base Relocation
Okinawa Governor Takeshi Onaga, a vocal opponent of the Futenma relocation plan, has his work cut out for him.
In US, Okinawa Governor Pleads Case Against Base Relocation
Roadmap for Futenma: Operationalizing the New US-Japan Defense Guidelines
May 07, 2015
Roadmap for Futenma: Operationalizing the New US-Japan Defense Guidelines
Three ways to put the concepts outlined in the new Guidelines into practice.
Roadmap for Futenma: Operationalizing the New US-Japan Defense Guidelines
The Okinawa Reality
December 05, 2014
The Okinawa Reality
Geopolitical realities suggest that the recent election of an anti-base candidate is unlikely to change much.
The Okinawa Reality
Okinawa’s Election Fallout for the US-Japan Alliance
November 18, 2014
Okinawa’s Election Fallout for the US-Japan Alliance
An inability to reach a settlement could have implications for the effectiveness of allied forces in the region.
Okinawa’s Election Fallout for the US-Japan Alliance
Okinawan Politics Back in International Spotlight
November 05, 2014
Okinawan Politics Back in International Spotlight
Local politicians are again drawing attention to a key U.S. foothold in East Asia.
Okinawan Politics Back in International Spotlight
A Delay Could Strengthen the U.S.-Japan Defense Guidelines
October 24, 2014
A Delay Could Strengthen the U.S.-Japan Defense Guidelines
Plus new space-based cooperation and maritime drills. A Japan-U.S. defense links roundup.
A Delay Could Strengthen the U.S.-Japan Defense Guidelines
Could Okinawa Influence Abe’s New Cabinet?
August 15, 2014
Could Okinawa Influence Abe’s New Cabinet?
Protests and an anti-base governor could distract from Abe’s core policies this fall.
Could Okinawa Influence Abe’s New Cabinet?
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