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Okinawa and Japanese Government Locked In Hostile Battle Over US Base Relocation
December 21, 2019

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.

Okinawa Governor Asks Tokyo, US to Rethink Base Relocation Plan
March 09, 2019

Okinawa Governor Asks Tokyo, US to Rethink Base Relocation Plan

By Daniel Hurst
Denny Tamaki met with Prime Minister Abe and the U.S. embassy after a recent referendum rejecting a new U.S. base.
Okinawa’s Base Referendum and the Rocky Way Forward
February 27, 2019

Okinawa’s Base Referendum and the Rocky Way Forward

By Temo Dias and Hina Murayama
A controversial new U.S. base faces a double blow: a referendum defeat and an uphill construction battle.

Okinawa’s New Governor Faces First Test: Renewed US Military Base Construction
November 06, 2018

Okinawa’s New Governor Faces First Test: Renewed US Military Base Construction

By Thisanka Siripala
Okinawa Governor Denny Tamaki’s honeymoon period ended abruptly as the central government restarted work on a new U.S. base.

Okinawa Governor’s Death Marks the End of an Era for Anti-US Base Movement
August 09, 2018

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?

Futenma: ‘The Most Dangerous Base in the World’
March 30, 2018

Futenma: ‘The Most Dangerous Base in the World’

By C. Douglas Lummis
It's time to shut down the Futenma air base in Okinawa, before the unthinkable happens.

Freedom of Expression Under Siege in Okinawa
June 06, 2017

Freedom of Expression Under Siege in Okinawa

By Taisuke Komatsu
The Abe government has been particularly harsh on cracking down on dissent in Okinawa.
Tokyo, Okinawa Avoid Court Battle Over Futenma Base Issue
March 11, 2016

Tokyo, Okinawa Avoid Court Battle Over Futenma Base Issue

By Mina Pollmann
In the latest twist in the Futenma relocation saga, Tokyo and Okinawa have shelved their court cases.

In Okinawa, a Phantom Victory for the Abe Administration
January 28, 2016

In Okinawa, a Phantom Victory for the Abe Administration

By Yuki Tatsumi
The recent mayoral election in Okinawa is a step forward for Tokyo, but challenges still remain on the Futenma issue.

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

By Mina Pollmann
Tokyo's favored candidate won reelection as Ginowan's mayor, providing a boost for the relocation of a U.S. base.

Beyond Futenma: Okinawa and the US Base Conundrum
November 04, 2015

Beyond Futenma: Okinawa and the US Base Conundrum

By Shannon Tiezzi
The U.S. basing dispute on Okinawa goes much deeper than the debate over Futenma Air Station.
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

By Shannon Tiezzi
Governor Takeshi Onaga makes good on a promise to exhaust every means to halt the base construction.

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