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50 Years After US Occupation, Okinawa Continues to Resist Military Bases
May 24, 2022

50 Years After US Occupation, Okinawa Continues to Resist Military Bases

By Thisanka Siripala
The burden of hosting U.S. military bases continues to be a serious issue for Okinawa, even half a century after its return to Japan.

Okinawa Marks 50 Years of End to US Rule Amid Protests
May 17, 2022

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.
How the US Military Wound up ‘Poisoning the Pacific’
November 04, 2020

How the US Military Wound up ‘Poisoning the Pacific’

By Shannon Tiezzi
Author Jon Mitchell discusses the environmental contamination that has accompanied the U.S. military presence in Japan, Guam, the Marshall Islands, and elsewhere.

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.

Why Okinawans Are Outraged by the Aegis Ashore Cancellation
July 08, 2020

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.

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.

What to Watch in the Okinawa Governor's Election
August 22, 2018

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.

Japan’s US Air Base Safety Probe in Deadlock
May 11, 2018

Japan’s US Air Base Safety Probe in Deadlock

By Thisanka Siripala
After a series of U.S helicopter safety mishaps, plans to inspect the U.S. marine base have been met with resistance.
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.

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