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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 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

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

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