Japan

Okinawa Governor Revokes Approval for Relocation of US Air Base

This Aug. 13, 2015 photo shows an aerial view of Henoko coast of Nago city, Okinawa, southern Japan. (Yu Nakajima/Kyodo News via AP)

TOKYO -- Okinawa's governor on Tuesday revoked approval for work needed to relocate a U.S. air base from one area of the southern Japanese island to another, but the Tokyo government said it would still proceed with the plan. Local residents object to living with U.S. Marine Air Station Futenma and want the base moved off Okinawa. Current plans... more

Japan Seeks Biggest Ever Defense Budget Amid China Concerns

Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe speaks during a press conference at his official residence in Tokyo, Thursday, May 14, 2015. (AP Photo/Shizuo Kambayashi)

TOKYO -- Japan's Defense Ministry wants to buy an advanced Aegis radar-equipped destroyer and more F-35 fighters under its largest-ever budget to bolster the defense of southern islands amid a territorial dispute with China. The ministry endorsed a 5.1 trillion yen ($42 billion) budget request Monday for the year beginning next April, up 2.2 pe... more

Explosion Rocks US Army Facility in Japan; No Injuries Reported

The interior of Building 163-11, a warehouse at Sagami General Depot, site of an explosion at the U.S. Army base in Sagamihara, Japan. Oxygen, nitrogen, Freon and compressed air tanks exploded, setting the building on fire. James Kimber/Stars and Stripes

TOKYO -- A blast at a U.S. Army depot outside Tokyo sparked a fire that burned for hours early Monday and set off secondary explosions. Officials said there were no apparent injuries. The explosion at Sagami Depot in Kanagawa Prefecture, 34 miles from downtown Tokyo, occurred inside a one-story, concrete warehouse at about 12:45 a.m., Army spok... more

Constitutional Questions Grow over Japan PM's Military Plans

Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe speaks during a press conference at his official residence in Tokyo, Thursday, May 14, 2015. (AP Photo/Shizuo Kambayashi)

TOKYO — Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's pledge to the U.S. to increase Japan's military contribution internationally is facing more questions about potential conflicts with the nation's pacifist Constitution. Opposition lawmakers demanded answers from key Cabinet members at a hearing Wednesday, after three prominent constitution experts — ... more

Okinawa Governor Hopes US Will Heed Base Plan Protests

Okinawa Gov. Takeshi Onaga speaks during a press conference at the Foreign Correspondents' Club of Japan in TokyoWednesday, May 20, 2015. (AP Photo/Shizuo Kambayashi)

TOKYO  — The governor of southern Japan's Okinawa prefecture said Wednesday he would travel to the United States to convey local objections to the relocation of a U.S. air base as protests intensify over the plan seen as being forced onto the island. A plan formulated in 1996 between the Japanese and American governments would move U.S. Marine ... more

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