Regions / Japan
Okinawans are going to the polls to register their opposition to a military base plan supported by both Tokyo and Washington.
In the wake of Chalmers Johnson's passing, we must carry on his crusade to dismantle the American empire.
The "Okinawa problem" has emerged as a crucial bone of contention, not only between the US and Japanese governments but between the people of Okinawa and both governments.
On September 7 Japanese patrol boats intercepted a Chinese fishing trawler near Kubashima, one of the Senkaku [Chinese: Diaoyu] Islands in the East China Sea.
According to a 2006 report, 14 of the 38 most valuable large bases in the world are concentrated in Japan.
The dispute over the U.S. base in Okinawa continues to bedevil the U.S.-Japan alliance.
In the jungles of northern Okinawa, protests against planned U.S. helipads reach a crisis point.
The conflict over an aging U.S. military base in Okinawa has not gone away. Rather, it illustrates the very different ideas that Washington and Tokyo have about their alliance.
On September 7 an incident occurred in which a Chinese trawler tried to shake off a Japan Coast Guard patrol boat that pursued it to investigate illegal operations at sea fifteen kilometers from Kubajima of the Senkaku Islands of Okinawa prefecture.
The U.S. military base in Okinawa is at the forefront of three Japanese elections this year.