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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

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

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

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

Tokyo urges Okinawa governor to back down in US base row

Apr 05, 2015 - 3:40 PM

However the Okinawan governor counters that while he understands the importance of the alliance with the US any national security plan must have the Japanese people s support

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

Japan minister sidesteps Okinawa governor in base row

Mar 30, 2015 - 5:41 PM

Japan s central government muscles the governor of Okinawa out of the way in a row over the construction of a US air base suspending his stop work order in the latest fraught chapter of a two decade row

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

Japan's Okinawa elects governor opposed to US base – exit polls

Nov 16, 2014 - 10:35 PM

Takeshi Onaga s apparent victory is a significant blow to the central government because the governor can veto the landfill work needed for a new base to be built

ANTI-US BASES. Residents of Japan's Okinawa on November 16 elect new governor - Former Naha mayor Takeshi Onaga (front C), who opposes plans to relocate a US military base. Photo by JAPAN OUT AFP/JIJI PRESS

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

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