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Japan Pledges to Hold 'Intensive Talks' on Okinawa Base Issue
August 08, 2015

Japan Pledges to Hold 'Intensive Talks' on Okinawa Base Issue

By Shannon Tiezzi
Tokyo will suspend construction on a new U.S. air base for one month in order to hold talks with Okinawan officials.
Abe’s Okinawa Problem
June 24, 2015

Abe’s Okinawa Problem

By Yuki Tatsumi
The deadlock between Tokyo and Okinawa is a vulnerability for the U.S.-Japan alliance writ large.

On a Key Anniversary, Rethinking Okinawa’s Future
June 23, 2015

On a Key Anniversary, Rethinking Okinawa’s Future

By Vindu Mai Chotani and K V Kesavan
Seventy years after the Battle of Okinawa, Japan’s southernmost prefecture still bears an unfair burden.

In US, Okinawa Governor Pleads Case Against Base Relocation
June 04, 2015

In US, Okinawa Governor Pleads Case Against Base Relocation

By Shannon Tiezzi
Okinawa Governor Takeshi Onaga, a vocal opponent of the Futenma relocation plan, has his work cut out for him.

Roadmap for Futenma: Operationalizing the New US-Japan Defense Guidelines
May 07, 2015

Roadmap for Futenma: Operationalizing the New US-Japan Defense Guidelines

By Will Atkins
Three ways to put the concepts outlined in the new Guidelines into practice.
The Okinawa Reality
December 05, 2014

The Okinawa Reality

By Ricky Hough
Geopolitical realities suggest that the recent election of an anti-base candidate is unlikely to change much.

Okinawa’s Election Fallout for the US-Japan Alliance
November 18, 2014

Okinawa’s Election Fallout for the US-Japan Alliance

By Clint Richards
An inability to reach a settlement could have implications for the effectiveness of allied forces in the region.
Okinawan Politics Back in International Spotlight
November 05, 2014

Okinawan Politics Back in International Spotlight

By Mina Pollmann
Local politicians are again drawing attention to a key U.S. foothold in East Asia.

A Delay Could Strengthen the U.S.-Japan Defense Guidelines
October 24, 2014

A Delay Could Strengthen the U.S.-Japan Defense Guidelines

By Clint Richards
Plus new space-based cooperation and maritime drills. A Japan-U.S. defense links roundup.

Could Okinawa Influence Abe’s New Cabinet?
August 15, 2014

Could Okinawa Influence Abe’s New Cabinet?

By Clint Richards
Protests and an anti-base governor could distract from Abe’s core policies this fall.

Okinawa & Futenma: Deal Or No Deal?
January 16, 2014

Okinawa & Futenma: Deal Or No Deal?

By Trefor Moss
Tokyo appears to be on the verge of finally settling the controversial issue. Will it succeed?
After Deadlock, Okinawa Approves US Air Base Relocation
December 27, 2013

After Deadlock, Okinawa Approves US Air Base Relocation

By J.T. Quigley
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe made the Okinawa governor an offer he couldn’t refuse.

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