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Anti-U.S. Base Governor Elected in Okinawa

In a move that will definitely delay, if not prevent, the relocation of Marine Corps Air Station Futenma, the voters in Okinawa have delivered Prime Minister Abe a renewed message. According to the newly elected Okinawa Prefecture Governor Takeshi Onaga, “Okinawans have suffered enough in their relationship with the U.S. Government.” I’m curious to see… Keep Reading

Japan & African Americans from the Russo-Japanese War to Pearl Harbor

I had the pleasure of viewing Mr. Ben Karp’s presentation at the Institute of Contemporary Asian Studies, Temple University in Japan on the Golden Era of Black and Japanese relations. He discusses W.E. Du Bois’ travels to Japan and provides insights to a period considered a peak of Black – Japanese relations. Additionally, Mr. Karp had… Keep Reading


Critic of U.S. military in Japan directs a documentary about U.S. Marines

(Kyodo Photo). As discussions continue regarding the fate of U.S. bases in Okinawa dominate the headlines in Japan, some may wonder whether or not the presence of the US in Japan hinders or helps the people of this Island nation. Some may debate if Japan’s Prime Minister Hatoyama is handling the situation properly, while other… Keep Reading


Okinawan Citizens Hold U.S. Base Protest

The Japanese Government has until the end of May 2010 to decide where to relocate the Marine Corps Air Station Futemma. Under an existing agreement with the United States signed in 2006 the U. S. military air station would be moved from the highly populated area of Ginowan in Okinawa to the northern Okinawan US… Keep Reading

Okinawa Governor says MCAS Futenma can stay!

In what seems like a “convenient” change of heart, Okinawa Governor Hirokazu Nakaima, now supports MCAS Futenma remaining on Okinawa. Plans to return MCAS Futenma to land owners were agreed on in 1996 and again in 2005, alongside a program to move approximately 8,000 Marines and their 9,000 dependents stationed in Okinawa to Guam. The… Keep Reading

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