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US Military Bases Are Poisoning Okinawa
October 12, 2020

US Military Bases Are Poisoning Okinawa

By Jon Mitchell
The U.S. military has contaminated the drinking water for almost half-a-million Japanese – but Japanese authorities can’t do anything about it.

US Marine Corps Faces COVID-19 Outbreak in Okinawa
July 13, 2020

US Marine Corps Faces COVID-19 Outbreak in Okinawa

By Ankit Panda
The outbreak at U.S. Marine Corps facilities has raised concerns on the island.
Japanese Island Marks 75 Years Since Battle of Okinawa
June 24, 2020

Japanese Island Marks 75 Years Since Battle of Okinawa

By Associated Press
Japanese residents of Okinawa remembered the legacy of one of World War II’s deadliest battles.

Fire Nearly Destroys Historic Castle in Okinawa
November 01, 2019

Fire Nearly Destroys Historic Castle in Okinawa

By Associated Press
Shuri Castle is a major symbol of the old Ryukyu Kingdom’s history and Okinawa's unique culture. Now it's all but gone.

Military Build-up in the Asia-Pacific: An Interview With Hawaii’s Sen. Brian Schatz
July 30, 2019

Military Build-up in the Asia-Pacific: An Interview With Hawaii’s Sen. Brian Schatz

By Jon Letman
Hawaii’s senior senator discusses missile defense, prospects for peace on the Korean peninsula, and more.

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.

Report: US to Conduct Army Tactical Missile System Test on Okinawa in 2019
January 15, 2019

Report: US to Conduct Army Tactical Missile System Test on Okinawa in 2019

By Ankit Panda
The MGM-140 Army Tactical Missile System (ATACMS) is likely to be tested in Japan this year.
US INF Withdrawal, Archipelagic Defense, and Managing the China Challenge
October 24, 2018

US INF Withdrawal, Archipelagic Defense, and Managing the China Challenge

By Ankit Panda
Is the case in Asia for conventional U.S. cruise missiles strong enough to justify the INF withdrawal?

Of Ospreys and Stallions: US Military Aircraft Accidents and Japanese Domestic Politics
October 20, 2017

Of Ospreys and Stallions: US Military Aircraft Accidents and Japanese Domestic Politics

By John Wright
Despite a strong alliance, Japan's stern response to U.S. military accidents is predictable.

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.

For Third Time Ever, China Shows Off Its DF-16 Medium-Range Ballistic Missile
February 07, 2017

For Third Time Ever, China Shows Off Its DF-16 Medium-Range Ballistic Missile

By Ankit Panda
The DF-16 was first seen publicly in a September 2015 military parade.
North Korea Brings Japan and China Closer Together -- For a Moment
September 29, 2016

North Korea Brings Japan and China Closer Together -- For a Moment

By Mina Pollmann
Once again, the South China Sea and China's increasing naval presence near Japan are causing frictions.

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