A roundup of the most significant news stories from Japan reported on December 13, 2017.
The last thing the US Alliance Managers would ever consider is that perhaps they ought to actually respect democracy and to make adjustments to their policies in accordance with the democratic will.
A roundup of the most significant news stories from Japan reported on December 7, 2017.
The election of Donald Trump as US president pushes its alliance with Japan back close to zero.
Racism has always been an essential element in the struggle over US military bases in Okinawa, but now it has emerged into the mainstream media.
In the closely watched mayoral election in Ginowan city, which hosts the controversial US Marines Futenma Air Base, conservative incumbent Atsushi Sakima won reelection to a second term. Mayor Sakima faced a stiff challenge from Keiichiro Shimura, who had the backing of Okinawa Governor Takeshi Onaga and the “All Okinawa” forces opposing construction of the US Marines airbase at Henoko beach.
On November 16, a new governor was elected in Okinawa, Japan, pledging to take on the governments of both Japan and the United States to stop the construction of a controversial US Marine airbase in his prefecture.
Inamine reflects on US military bases, economic development, and the state of democracy in Okinawa.
The virtues of Shokichi Kina as an Okinawan folk musician are impossible to deny. Long after the man is dead and buried, his song “Hana” will be an immortal classic. As a politician, however, the sooner his career is forgotten the better.
Former Ginowan Mayor Yoichi Iha says anti-base sentiment in Okinawa remains the consensus.