May 6, 2010 |
The United States is on the verge of permanently damaging its alliance with Japan in a dispute over a military base in Okinawa. This island prefecture hosts three-quarters of all U.S. military facilities in Japan. Washington wants to build one more base there, in an ecologically sensitive area. The Okinawans vehemently oppose it, and tens of thousands gathered last month to protest the base. Tokyo is caught in the middle, and it looks as if Japan's prime minister has just caved in to the U.S. demands.
September 7, 2000 |
A U.S. Marine who pleaded guilty to charges of fondling a teenage girl on the Japanese island of Okinawa was sentenced to two years in prison by a military court. Lance Cpl. Kenny K. Titcomb, 19, was found guilty of committing an indecent act, unlawful entry into a residence, drunk driving, underage drinking and disorderly conduct, said Marine Corps spokesman Capt. Joseph M. Plenzler.
November 20, 2006 |
A candidate who supports a plan for a new base for thousands of U.S. troops has won a closely watched gubernatorial election in Okinawa, electoral officials announced. Hirokazu Nakaima, 67, a bureaucrat with support from Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's ruling bloc, narrowly beat Keiko Itokazu, said local election board official Maiko Tashiro. Itokazu opposed Tokyo's plan to relocate a U.S. Marine Corps airstrip to another site on the island. There are about 50,000 U.S. troops in Japan.
July 8, 2001 |
In the early morning hours of Friday, June 29, just as Japanese Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi was heading for his first meeting with President Bush at Camp David, yet another U.S. military man was accused of raping yet another Okinawan woman. So, what's newsworthy about that, you may ask. Such rapes have been occurring on Okinawa ever since U.S. forces occupied the island in 1945. The number of rapes and other crimes committed by U.S.
February 15, 1997 |
Okinawan lawmakers formally objected Friday to the U.S. military presence on their island and denounced the Marines' accidental use of bullets containing uranium during firing practice. The resolution passed by the state assembly also called for guarantees that the local government will be notified quickly of military accidents. The U.S.
March 15, 1993 |
Eleven months after an Okinawa Culture Assn. touring group performed at the Japan America Theatre, another sampling of Ryukyu culture turned up Saturday in the same venue. Sponsored by the Japanese government, "Music and Dance From Okinawa" bypassed the aristocratic court dances that had been the glory of the previous troupe in favor of folklore.
April 1, 1995
As 182,000 U.S. assault troops started ashore, World War II's last big battle began 50 years ago today. The Japanese worked a year, creating 60 miles of underground positions-enough to shelter all 100, 000 defenders. their strategy: a defensive battle to delay U.S. takeover of this key staging point to the Japanese mainland. 'Blowtorch and Corkscrew' A hallmark of fighting on Okinawa was attacks on caves and fortified positions that honeycombed the hills, escarpments and terraces.
March 21, 1989 |
Okinawa's worst water shortage in seven years has forced officials to cut water supplies throughout the southern Japanese prefecture for 24 hours every other day, officials said Monday. Water in two reservoirs averaged only 11.5% of capacity, while five reservoirs were averaging 44.6% of capacity, a local government official said. An Okinawa weather bureau official said only 0.78 inches of rain fell in the prefecture in February--17% of normal.
December 23, 1998 |
The U.S. armed forces returned a training ground on Okinawa to Japanese control Tuesday as part of an agreement to reduce the American military presence on the southern Japanese island. The Aha drill site--composed of 1,186 acres of land and 19,513 acres of water--is the first of 11 U.S. facilities to revert to Japan under a 1996 deal, regional defense official Kenji Fujimoto said. Washington has promised to eventually give back 20% of the territory in Okinawa occupied by U.S. troops.
September 12, 1996 |
A Japanese appeals court today rejected the appeals of two U.S. Marines on their convictions in the rape of a 12-year-old girl in Okinawa. Marine Pfc. Rodrico Harp, 22, was sentenced in March to seven years, and Marine Pfc. Kendrick Ledet, 21, to 6 1/2 years in the Sept. 4, 1995, abduction and rape. Navy Seaman Marcus Gill, 23, who was sentenced to seven years, has not appealed.