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U.S. apologizes to Japan over repeated military accidents

Jan 09, 2018 - 10:43 AM

US Secretary of Defense James Mattis apologizes to Japanese counterpart Itsunori Onodera after a string of accidents involving American troops and facilities

This image obtained from the US Navy shows the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson (L) and the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Wayne E. Meyer during a surface maneuvers exercise on March 22, 2017, east of the Korean peninsula, with several other US and Republic of Korea Navy ships and submarines during exercise Foal Eagle 2017.  The US supercarrier Carl Vinson will arrive in the Sea of Japan in days, US Vice President Mike Pence said in Australia on April 22, 2017, amid high tensions with North Korea.  / AFP PHOTO / US NAVY / Ryan Harper / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - MANDATORY CREDIT "AFP PHOTO / US NAVY / Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Ryan Harper" - NO MARKETING NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS - DISTRIBUTED AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS

US ends search for sailors after Philippine Sea air crash

Nov 24, 2017 - 12:17 PM

The decision to abandon the search and rescue comes after two days of operations involving 7 ships from the US Navy and Japan's Maritime Self-Defence Force, 3 helicopter squadrons and maritime patrol aircraft

WORKHORSE. A file photo of a C-2A "Greyhound" which is a re-supply workhorse for US aircraft carriers, routinely ferrying cargo, mail and people onto and off the globally deployed vessels. A similar C-2A with 11 people on board went down Wednesday afternoon, November 22, southeast of Okinawa. From wikipedia commons

Massive search expands for US sailors after Philippine Sea air crash

Nov 23, 2017 - 1:52 PM

The families of the missing sailors are notified after a C-2A 'Greyhound' aircraft with 11 people on board went down November 22, around 930 kilometers (500 nautical miles) southeast of Okinawa

'GREYHOUND' In this July 20, 2004 file photo, a C-2A Greyhound lands on the flight deck of USS Kitty Hawk in the western Pacific Ocean. U.S. Navy photo by Photographer's Mate Airman Jason D. Landon

8 rescued after U.S. Navy aircraft crashes in Philippine Sea

Nov 22, 2017 - 3:57 PM

(4th UPDATE) The government in Tokyo says it had been informed 8 people had been plucked to safety, and that US authorities says engine trouble was the suspected cause of the accident

AT SEA. In this file photo, the Nimitz-class aircraft carriers USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74), left, and USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76) conduct dual aircraft carrier strike group operations in the U.S. 7th Fleet area of operations in support of security and stability in the Indo-Asia-Pacific. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Jake Greenberg

Record rain as typhoon batters southern Japanese islands

Sep 14, 2017 - 12:31 PM

Authorities warn of landslides and high waves as Typhoon Talim batters the southern Okinawan island chain dumping the most rain seen over a 24 hour period in 50 years on the city of Miyako

U.S. makes biggest Okinawa land return since 1972

Dec 21, 2016 - 9:20 PM

The US Japan agreement covers about 4 000 hectares of the 7 500 hectare Camp Gonsalves jungle warfare training center also known as the Northern Training Area

US Ambassador to Japan Caroline Kennedy (C) delivers a speech among Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe (R) and US Forces Japan commander Lieutenant General Jerry P. Martinez (L) during a joint announcement of the return of US military land on the island of Okinawa, at Abe's official residence in Tokyo on December 21, 2016.  The deal, hailed the biggest return of American military land on Okinawa in more than four decades, covers about 4,000 hectares (9,900 acres) of the 7,500-hectare Camp Gonsalves jungle warfare training centre, also known as the Northern Training Area. / AFP PHOTO / POOL / TOSHIFUMI KITAMURA

Japan's top court backs Tokyo in bid to relocate Okinawa base

Dec 20, 2016 - 3:59 PM

UPDATED Japan s Supreme Court rules in favor of the central government in its bid to relocate a US airbase on Okinawa dealing a significant blow to opponents of the plan led by the island s governor

This photo taken on November 14, 2014 shows multi-mission tilt-rotor Osprey aircraft at the US Marine's Camp Futenma in a crowded urban area of Ginowan, Okinawa prefecture. Toru Yamanaka/AFP

Ancient Roman coins unearthed at Japan castle

Sep 28, 2016 - 1:45 PM

It is the first time Roman Empire coins have been discovered in Japan thousands of kilometers from where they were likely minted

Protesters rally against US military on Okinawa

Jun 19, 2016 - 10:49 AM

UPDATED The protesters demand the removal of US military bases from Okinawa and condemn crimes by American personnel

epa05377047 Thousands of protesters hold placards reading 'Our anger is off limits' during a large rally in Naha, Okinawa island, southern Japan, 19 June 2016. According to the organizers, more than 65,000 participants gathered to protest against repeated crimes by US military personnel and after a young woman was killed by a US base worker in May 2016. EPA/HITOSHI MAESHIRO

US Navy ends base restrictions for sailors in Japan

Jun 10, 2016 - 9:11 PM

The US Navy adds an alcohol ban for sailors in the country also imposed Monday will be maintained

OKINAWA. A file picture dated May 19, 2015 shows US Marine Corps MV-22 Osprey aircrafts sitting on the tarmac at US Marine Corps Air Station Futenma surrounded by overcrowded residential areas in Ginowan on Okinawa Island, southwestern Japan. File photo by Hitoshi Maeshiro/EPA

Japan pushes ahead with US base worker rape, murder case

Jun 09, 2016 - 5:30 PM

Former US Marine Kenneth Franklin Shinzato is accused of raping and killing 20 year old Rina Shimabukuro

epa05318992 Protesters hold placards before US Kadena Air Base in Kadena, Okinawa, southwestern Japan, 20 May 2016, after an American employed at the US Air Force base admitted having killed a young Okinawan woman. Former US Marine Kenneth Franklin Shinzato was arrested by the police on suspicion of the crime. EPA/HITOSHI MAESHIRO

Japan PM Abe halts US base construction in Okinawa for now

Mar 04, 2016 - 4:40 PM

Japan and the US first proposed moving Futenma in 1996 though both insist it must remain in Okinawa But residents have insisted the base should be shuttered

BASE IN DANGER? This photo taken on November 14, 2014 shows multi-mission tiltrotor Osprey aircraft at the US Marine's Camp Futenma in a crowded urban area of Ginowan, Okinawa prefecture. Toru Yamanaka/AFP

Okinawa countersues Japanese gov't over US base move

Dec 25, 2015 - 5:14 PM

Taking every possible measure I will not let the central government construct the base says Okinawa governor Takeshi Onaga

BASE IN DANGER? This photo taken on November 14, 2014 shows multi-mission tiltrotor Osprey aircraft at the US Marine's Camp Futenma in a crowded urban area of Ginowan, Okinawa prefecture. Photo by Toru Yamanaka/AFP

Man in Okinawa arrested for allegedly shining laser ray at US chopper

Dec 07, 2015 - 9:07 PM

Katsuro Hiraoka 56 a resident of Ginowan city where the base is located is arrested on charges of forcible obstruction of business

OKINAWA BASE. File photo of a U.S. Air Force RC-135V/W Rivet Joint reconnaissance aircraft on the tarmac after landing at the U.S. Air Force Kadena Air Base in Kadena city, Okinawa Island, southern Japan, 12 February 2013. EPA/Hitoshi Maeshiro

Japan, US vow to push Okinawa base relocation

Dec 04, 2015 - 11:30 PM

The announcement comes two days after Tokyo pressured Okinawa in court to try and force its governor to support the controversial transfer of a US Marine air base

RELOCATION? This photo taken on November 14, 2014 shows multi-mission tiltrotor Osprey aircraft at the US Marine's Camp Futenma in a crowded urban area of Ginowan, Okinawa prefecture. Toru Yamanaka/AFP

Japan gov't takes Okinawa to court over US base relocation

Nov 17, 2015 - 1:19 PM

Takeshi Onaga Okinawa s governor says he would do his best to prevent the central government from building a new US Marine base in a remote part of the island to replace the existing Futenma facility in a heavily populated area

OKINAWA'S TROUBLES. This photo taken on November 14, 2014 shows multi-mission tiltrotor Osprey aircraft at the US Marine's Camp Futenma in a crowded urban area of Ginowan, Okinawa prefecture. File Photo by Toru Yamanaka/AFP

Okinawa governor revokes controversial US base approval

Oct 13, 2015 - 4:41 PM

Okinawa is home to more than half of the 47 000 US service personnel stationed in Japan as part of the two countries defense alliance a proportion many islanders say is too high

TAKESHI ONAGA. Okinawa Governor Takeshi Onaga speaks at the Foreign Correpondents' Club of Japan in Tokyo, Japan, September 24, 2015. File Photo by Kimimasa Mayama/EPA

Okinawa to revoke approval for controversial US base - again

Sep 14, 2015 - 2:15 PM

The plan to relocate Futenma air base to the Henoko region is the focus of anger among locals who insist it should be shut and a replacement built elsewhere in Japan or overseas

FUTENMA. A file picture dated May 19, 2015 shows US Marine Corps MV-22 Osprey aircraft flying over the tarmac at US Marine Corps Air Station Futenma surrounded by overcrowded residential areas in Ginowan on Okinawa Island, southwestern Japan. File Photo by Hitoshi Maeshiro/EPA

Japan resumes work on controversial US base in Okinawa

Sep 12, 2015 - 3:37 PM

Negotiations between Okinawa governor Takeshi Onaga and other government officials failed to reach a compromise

Tensions surface in Okinawa on 70th anniversary of battle

Jun 23, 2015 - 9:19 AM

UPDATED The anniversary comes with feelings running high on Okinawa – now a reluctant host to more than half of the 47 000 US troops still stationed in Japan

REMEMBERING THE DEAD. In this file photo, family members offer prayers before names engraved on a monument for war dead relatives killed in the 1945 Battle of Okinawa at the Cornerstone of Peace at Peace Memorial Park in Itoman City, Okinawa island, southern Japan, June 23, 2014. Hitoshi Maeshiro/EPA

Thousands protest US military base in Japan's Okinawa

May 17, 2015 - 4:31 PM

Futenma airbase has become emblematic of ill will since Washington announced plans to move it in 1996

BASE IN DANGER? This photo taken on November 14, 2014 shows multi-mission tiltrotor Osprey aircraft at the US Marine's Camp Futenma in a crowded urban area of Ginowan, Okinawa prefecture. Toru Yamanaka/AFP

Powerful quake hits Taiwan and Japan, tsunami warning lifted

Apr 20, 2015 - 10:10 AM

3RD UPDATE One man dies and another is hospitalized in a fire caused by the powerful quake

SHAKEN. Lu Pei-ling, deputy director of the Taiwanese Seismological Observation Center, points to a graph after a 6.6-magnitude earthquake struck off the coast of Hualien, in Taipei, Taiwan, 20 Apriil 2015. David Chang/EPA

US, Japan boost cooperation in defense talks

Apr 09, 2015 - 9:46 AM

The move comes as Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is pushing for a higher profile regional role for Japan at a time of growing disquiet in Asia over the rise of a newly assertive China

AGREEMENT. US Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter (R) and Japanese Defense Minister Gen Nakatani shake hands after concluding a joint news conference following their talks at Japan's Defense Ministry in Tokyo, Japan, 08 April 2015. Kimimasa Mayama/EPA

Japan police arrest man after threats to US envoy Kennedy

Mar 20, 2015 - 1:04 PM

Officers take Mitsuyoshi Kamiya into custody on the island of Okinawa on suspicion of making three calls to the embassy mentioning bombs earlier this month

CAMP SCHWAB. A pictured made available on 28 May 2008 shows military securities guard the Gate One of U.S. Marine Corps Camp Schwab (seen in rear) in Nago on Japan's southwestern island of Okinawa. Photo by Kimimasa Mayama/EPA

Okinawa vote to determine fate of US base

Nov 16, 2014 - 12:55 PM

A win for anti base candidate Takeshi Onaga would be a significant blow to the central government because the governor has the power to veto the landfill work needed for a new base to be built

BASE IN DANGER? This photo taken on November 14, 2014 shows multi-mission tiltrotor Osprey aircraft at the US Marine's Camp Futenma in a crowded urban area of Ginowan, Okinawa prefecture. Toru Yamanaka/AFP

Powerful typhoon churns towards Japan

Oct 11, 2014 - 1:25 PM

The Joint Typhoon Warning Center has downgraded the storm from a super typhoon but officials said it remained large and very strong

Large waves generated by typhoon Vongfong hit the coast in Hamagawa, Chatan town, on the island of Okinawa, southern Japan. Photo by EPA/HITOSHI MAESHIRO

Japan typhoon death toll rises to 6: reports

Oct 07, 2014 - 2:11 PM

The death toll from a typhoon that pounded Japan this week has risen to 6 while 5 other people including 2 US serviceman remain missing

A businessman is struggling with his umbrella broken by wind, against heavy rain in Tokyo, Japan, 06 October 2014. Kimimasa Mayama/EPA

Typhoon Phanfone makes landfall in central Japan

Oct 06, 2014 - 7:46 AM

UPDATED The storm has already left 4 people dead or missing including three US military officials according to Japanese police and coast guards

NASA's Terra satellite captured this image of Typhoon Phanfone and its large eye in the western Pacific Ocean on Friday, Oct. 3 at 1:55 UTC. Image Credit: NASA Goddard MODIS Rapid Response Team

Typhoon Neoguri bears down on Japanese mainland

Jul 09, 2014 - 1:16 PM

The typhoon could hit the southern main island of Kyushu as early as Thursday July 10 before moving east along the Japanese archipelago

TYPHOON DAMAGE. A reporter stands next to a wooden house hosting a restaurant obstructing a street after it collapsed due to the strong generated by typhoon Neoguri in Matsugawa district of Naha city, on the island of Okinawa, southern Japan, 08 July 2014. Hitoshi Maeshiro/EPA

Powerful typhoon Neoguri lashes Japan's Okinawa islands

Jul 09, 2014 - 7:22 AM

UPDATED The typhoon reportedly leaves two dead and forces more than half a million to seek shelter as the region s worst storm in years damages buildings downed trees and brings air and sea traffic to a halt

NEOGURI. Vessels are moored at a port to take shelter from Typhoon Neoguri in Itoman, on the island of Okinawa, Japan, 08 July 2014. Hitoshi Maeshiro/EPA

Neoguri: Japan on highest typhoon alert

Jul 08, 2014 - 7:25 AM

UPDATED Neoguri already downgraded is still posing a threat to Okinawa with 480 000 people urged to evacuate as Japan s weather agency issues its highest alert

PACIFIC MONSTER. The MODIS instrument aboard NASA's Terra satellite captured this visible image of Typhoon Neoguri on July 5 at 01:20 UTC (July 4 at 9:20 p.m. EDT) as it moved through the Northwestern Pacific Ocean. Photo courtesy NASA Goddard MODIS Rapid Response Team

Super typhoon Neoguri threatens Japan

Jul 07, 2014 - 11:07 AM

UPDATED Gusts of up to 270 kilometers per hour 160 miles per hour are expected to hit Okinawa early Tuesday

SUPER TYPHOON. A multispectral satellite image of Typhoon Neoguri as of 2330 Zulu time July 6, 2014 (7 am GMT+8 July 7, 2014). Image courtesy US Navy Joint Typhoon Warning Center

#FloritaPH: Help map critical reports

Jul 07, 2014 - 4:00 AM

Typhoon Neoguri threatens to bring rain across Western Visayas and Southern Luzon Use this Project Agos Alert Map to find and map the latest reports

Easter Sunday in history

Apr 20, 2014 - 1:01 PM

From triumphs to new beginnings here are historical events that took place on an Easter Sunday

Japan mayor pleads against US airbase

Feb 13, 2014 - 9:08 PM

This situation reflects the Japanese government s discrimination against Okinawa said Nago Mayor Susumu Inamine

ANTI-BASE. Susumu Inamine, who was just re-elected on a fiercely anti-US base platform as mayor of Nago, Okinawa Prefecture, speaks to journalists at the Foreign Correspondents' Club of Japan in Tokyo on February 13, 2014. Photo by Toru Yamanaka/AFP

US airbase move in spotlight as Okinawa vote begins

Jan 19, 2014 - 3:24 PM

The race to elect the mayor of Nago City – where the US Marines Futenma Air Station is set to be relocated – pits anti and pro base candidates

OKINAWA BASE. An U.S. Air Force RC-135V/W Rivet Joint reconnaissance aircraft is seen on the tarmac after landing at the U.S. Air Force Kadena Air Base in Kadena city, Okinawa Island, southern Japan, 12 February 2013. EPA/Hitoshi Maeshiro

US biological weapons tested in Okinawa in 60s – report

Jan 12, 2014 - 2:34 PM

The same experiments were also conducted on the US mainland and in Taiwan Kyodo news agency reported citing US military documents

Okinawa approves relocation of US airbase in Japan

Dec 27, 2013 - 11:16 AM

Local bureaucrats sign a document that gives the green light to a landfill paving the way for the construction of a new base on the coast

OKINAWA BASE. An U.S. Air Force RC-135V/W Rivet Joint reconnaissance aircraft is seen on the tarmac after landing at the U.S. Air Force Kadena Air Base in Kadena city, Okinawa Island, southern Japan, 12 February 2013. EPA/Hitoshi Maeshiro

US base move in Japan set for breakthrough

Dec 25, 2013 - 2:44 PM

Premier Shinzo Abe is to pledge an unheralded cash bonanza for Okinawa to help persuade governor Hirokazu Nakaima to drop his longstanding opposition to the construction of a new airbase

OKINAWA BASE. An U.S. Air Force RC-135V/W Rivet Joint reconnaissance aircraft is seen on the tarmac after landing at the U.S. Air Force Kadena Air Base in Kadena city, Okinawa Island, southern Japan, 12 February 2013. EPA/Hitoshi Maeshiro

Quedan maintains strength, still no effect on PH

Oct 03, 2013 - 11:23 AM

Quedan is expected to exit the PAR by Sunday October 6

Quedan intensifies, heads for Japan's southern isles

Oct 02, 2013 - 11:37 AM

Quedan is forecast to move north targeting the southern islands of Japan

Batanes fisherman rescued in Japan comes home

Aug 28, 2013 - 12:23 AM

Julio Balanoba recuperated at the Okinawa hospital around 860 kilometers away from Basco Batanes from where he drifted

HOME. Julio Balanoba, the Ivatan fisherman rescued by the Japanese Coast Guard, arrives August 27 at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport. Photo by Jedwin M. Llobrera

Japan protests to China over Okinawa claim

May 09, 2013 - 2:14 PM

Japan has lodged a diplomatic protest with China over an article in a state run publication that challenged Japan s ownership of Okinawa

China should 'reconsider' who owns Okinawa: academics

May 08, 2013 - 4:19 PM

China s top newspaper published a call for a review of Japan s sovereignty over Okinawa

Japan to move Patriot missiles to Okinawa

Apr 12, 2013 - 3:17 PM

The defense ministry says the Patriot Advanced Capability 3 systems at two military bases will be installed in Okinawa soon

Officers of Japan's Ground Self-Defense Force (SDF) work in front of a set Patriot Advanced Capability-3 (PAC-3) missile at the Defence Ministry in Tokyo on April 9, 2013. AFP PHOTO / Yoshikazu TSUNO

Japan on full alert over N. Korea: defense minister

Apr 10, 2013 - 11:22 AM

Japan is on full alert ahead of an expected mid range missile launch by North Korea its defense minister said Wednesday

Officers of Japan's Ground Self-Defense Force (SDF) work in front of a set Patriot Advanced Capability-3 (PAC-3) missile at the Defence Ministry in Tokyo on April 9, 2013. AFP PHOTO / Yoshikazu TSUNO

Japan puts anti-North Korean missiles in Tokyo

Apr 09, 2013 - 1:24 PM

Japan has deployed Patriot missiles in its capital as it readies to defend the 30 million people who live in greater Tokyo from any North Korean attack

Officers of Japan's Ground Self-Defense Force (SDF) work in front of a set Patriot Advanced Capability-3 (PAC-3) missile at the Defence Ministry in Tokyo on April 9, 2013. AFP PHOTO / Yoshikazu TSUNO

Off-base drinking ban for US troops in Okinawa

Dec 02, 2012 - 7:38 PM

Alcohol is off limits for all US military personnel at any hour of the day or night at restaurants and friends homes anywhere other than on their bases in Okinanawa

OFF-BASE LIQUOR BAN. Exterior of a mess hall used by US troops in Japan,. Photo from Facebook

2 U.S. sailors indicted for Okinawa rape

Nov 06, 2012 - 4:45 PM

2 US servicemen are indicted Tuesday on charges of raping a Japanese woman in Okinawa Japan

Typhoon Jelawat bears down on Japanese mainland

Sep 30, 2012 - 2:40 PM

The Japanese mainland braced for Typhoon Jelawat Philippine codename Lawin on Sunday September 30 amid warnings of landslides floods and monster waves a day after it injured scores of people on southern Okinawa island

Jelawat just east of Taiwan, September 27, 2012. Image courtesy NOAA