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  • US Navy sailor sentenced to two-and-a-half years hard labor for raping Japanese tourist

    07/16/2016 2:01:03 PM PDT · by CorporateStepsister · 36 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 15 July 2016 | Hannah Parry For Dailymail.com
    A U.S. Navy sailor was sentenced Friday to two-and-a-half years hard labor for raping a Japanese tourist in Okinawa. Justin Castellanos, 24, who was based in the district's Camp Schwab, pleaded guilty in May to raping the 40-year-old victim in his hotel room in Naha, south Japan on March 13. The serviceman had found the woman, who was drunk and asleep in the hotel lobby, and taken her up to his room where he assaulted her. 'I am sorry for what I have done,' he told the court. 'My heart is filled with regret,' Stars and Stripes reports.
  • Navy Orders Restrictions on Liberty, Alcohol Consumption (Japan)

    06/05/2016 9:39:51 PM PDT · by Ronin · 65 replies
    Commander, Navy Region Japan ^ | 5 June 2016 | CNIC Commander Navy Region Japan
    YOKOSUKA, Japan (NNS) – Commander, U.S. 7th Fleet (C7F) and Commander, U.S. Naval Forces Japan (CNFJ) announced temporary liberty curtailment and restrictions on alcohol consumption for all Sailors in Japan as a response to a recent trend of alcohol-related incidents detrimental to the U.S.-Japan Alliance. Effective immediately, Sailors are prohibited from drinking alcohol, on and off base. Additionally, all off-base liberty will be curtailed. Sailors who live off base will be permitted to travel to and from work and engage in official actions such as childcare drop-off and pickup, trips to the grocery store, gas stations or the gym. The...
  • Outrage in Japan as U.S. Marine veteran arrested in connection with death of woman on Okinawa

    05/20/2016 6:11:31 PM PDT · by Trump20162020 · 43 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | May 20, 2016 | Michael E. Miller
    Japanese leaders reacted with outrage after a U.S. Marine veteran was arrested Thursday in connection with the death of a Japanese woman near a U.S. air base on the island of Okinawa. Kenneth Franklin Gadson, a 32-year-old civilian contractor at Kadena Air Base, admitted to strangling the woman, his defense attorney told Stars and Stripes — though the attorney questioned the condition under the which the admission was made. Rina Shimabukuro had been missing since last month. The 20-year-old’s body was discovered in a wooded location Thursday after Gadson told investigators where to look, according to the Associated Press.
  • Would The U.S. Survive Another Battle of Okinawa?

    04/01/2016 6:35:45 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 76 replies
    The Blaze ^ | April 1, 2016 | Brad Schaeffer
    It’s hard to believe the resolve the United States once showed in defeating enemies. One wonders if in a 24/7 news cycle of “living room wars” whether this nation could have ever mounted the sustained effort it took to join the Allies in stopping Nazi Germany and Imperial Japan. Americans today would find such will to win at any cost difficult to comprehend. Perhaps with Easter just passed, it is fitting to remember Easter of 1945 when the invasion of Okinawa, the last battle of World War II and the largest sea-air-land operation in history, began. It would also be...
  • U.S. Sailors Banned From Overnight Stays in Naha (Video of USMC Apology to Locals Over Rape Charge)

    03/16/2016 8:12:48 PM PDT · by AmericanInTokyo · 55 replies
    YouTube Japan ^ | YouTube Japan
    Video at link shows the apology yesterday made by the senior Marine Corps brass in Okinawa, Japan over a increasingly hot situation in the form of an alleged rape of a Japanese woman in a hotel room by a Marine stationed in the island. I believe the alleged perp has been remanded to Japanese custody where he will face the Jaoanwse justice system.
  • US military leader says Okinawa base move delayed 2 years

    02/23/2016 9:47:42 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 7 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Feb 24, 2016 12:13 AM EST | Ken Moritsugu
    A controversial plan to move a U.S. Marine Corps base within Okinawa in southern Japan has been pushed back by two years, America's top military official in the Pacific said. Adm. Harry Harris, head of the U.S. Pacific Command, said Tuesday that the shift of the Futenma air station to a less congested part of Okinawa island would not happen until 2025 because work on a new facility has been delayed. "It's slowed," he told a congressional committee in Washington. "It's a little over two years late. ... Now we're looking at 2025 before that's done." The project faces stiff...
  • Cold War Missileers Refute Okinawa Near-Launch

    12/28/2015 2:52:26 PM PST · by QT3.14 · 36 replies
    Stars & Stripes via Military.com ^ | December 28, 2015 | Travis J. Tritten
    Two airmen were holding an Air Force nuclear missile crew at gunpoint deep in a top-secret bunker on Okinawa. The crew had just been ordered to launch the island's missiles at targets in the Soviet Union and Asia, just as the Cuban Missile Crisis was reaching a harrowing climax in October 1962. But an Air Force launch officer was opposing the order. The officer sent "two men over there with .45's and [they were] told to shoot anybody who tried to launch until the situation was resolved ... so those two men kept that whole crew at bay while we...
  • US to hasten return of some Okinawa military-held land to Japan, amid anger over base move

    12/04/2015 6:10:41 AM PST · by WhiskeyX · 4 replies
    Fox News ^ | December 04, 2015 | Associated Press
    TOKYO – The U.S. and Japan said Friday they are hastening the return of some land the American military holds in Okinawa, seeking to soothe local resentment over the issue on the southern Japanese island. U.S. Ambassador to Japan Caroline Kennedy and Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga announced a plan to return two sites totaling 7 hectares (17 acres) now controlled by U.S. bases to local authorities by the fiscal year that ends in March 2018.
  • Mel Gibson back to Aussie roots to direct new movie

    07/30/2015 1:44:27 PM PDT · by Kartographer · 13 replies
    AFP via Yahoo News ^ | 7/30/15 | Staff
    Mel Gibson is returning to his Australian roots to direct his first film in a decade, the true story of a conscientious objector who saved 75 men during the Battle of Okinawa in World War II.
  • Women in Okinawa have Japan’s best recipe for liberty, fertility and longevity

    06/30/2015 4:48:03 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 23 replies
    Japan Times ^ | 06/24/2015 | BY YOSHIAKI NOHARA
    Women in Okinawa have more babies and live longer than women from almost anywhere else in Japan. If data from the statistics bureau and labor ministry are any guide, it has as much to do with work-life balance as the prefecture’s sun-drenched beaches and crystal-clear waters. According to the Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare statistics on average number of children per woman, of which the most recent data is from 2013, women in Okinawa give birth to an average 1.94 children over their lifetime, the highest rate in Japan. Tokyo comes in last, with women in the capital on...
  • WORLD WAR II - THE BATTLE OF OKINAWA - Discovery History Military (full documentary)

    05/11/2015 4:56:59 AM PDT · by WhiskeyX · 11 replies
    YouTube ^ | Oct 3, 2014 | LifeDiscoveryVideos
    WORLD WAR II - THE BATTLE OF OKINAWA - Discovery History Military (full documentary)
  • Remembering Okinawa: Prelude to the Atomic Bomb

    05/06/2015 1:31:28 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 14 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | May 6, 2015 | Austin Bay
    Okinawa's ground battle began April 1, 1945, when four American divisions simultaneously assaulted the 65-mile-long island. With two U.S. Marine and two U.S. Army divisions debarking, the attack was one of the Pacific theater's largest amphibious assaults. U.S. commanders, however, were planning another Pacific D-Day, one that would far exceed Okinawa and the Philippines' invasions in scope, complexity and -- yes -- casualties. That would be the war-concluding assault on Japan's home islands. Okinawa's 660 square miles provided America with a big logistics dump and staging area only 350 miles from Kyushu's Southern tip. Japanese leaders knew defeating the U.S....
  • Okinawa protests intensify as Futenma relocation construction begins

    04/06/2015 4:10:52 AM PDT · by Timber Rattler · 12 replies
    Stars and Stripes ^ | April 4, 2015 | Matthew M. Burke and Chiyomi Sumida
    For more than a decade, the protest movement over the relocation of Marine Corps Air Station Futenma to Camp Schwab was largely characterized by smiling elderly Okinawans holding sit-ins. The most provocative action of these Western-friendly protesters was perhaps temporarily blocking a gate or tying colored ribbons on the chain-link fences surrounding the seaside Marine Corps base. But 2014 brought a new development: Local politicians who spoke against the construction of a controversial runway at Oura Bay on the northern part of the island were swept into power. And when those politicians were unable to fulfill campaign promises to put...
  • Free meal o'charleys leads to reunion

    11/11/2014 2:10:45 PM PST · by RaceBannon · 10 replies
    self | racebannon
    Free meals at ocharleys Just met Marine, first time since 1980 use Okinawa, hostage rescue attempt time Way cool Name Brian Dancey
  • Super Typhoon Neoguri to pass near Japanese island of Okinawa (Category 5)

    07/07/2014 12:05:05 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 12 replies
    CNN ^ | July 7, 2014 | Jethro Mullen
    (VIDEO-AT-LINK)A large super typhoon is gathering force as it barrels along a path that is expected to take it close to the Japanese island of Okinawa. By the time it nears Okinawa early Tuesday, Super Typhoon Neoguri is likely to be generating winds as strong as a Category 5 hurricane, meteorologists say. "This is a beast," said CNN International Meteorologist Tom Sater. Okinawa, where multiple U.S. military facilities are situated, regularly finds itself in the path of big typhoons. Many of the buildings on the island are designed to weather the powerful winds that come roaring in off the Western...
  • China Now Claims Japan’s Okinawa

    06/27/2014 11:57:16 AM PDT · by robowombat · 20 replies
    World Affairs Journal ^ | 25 July 2012 | Gordon Chang
    China Now Claims Japan’s Okinawa 25 July 2012 The Global Times, the newspaper run by China’s Communist Party, ran an editorial this month suggesting that Beijing challenge Japan’s control of Okinawa, part of the Ryukyu island chain. Why would China want to start a fight over Okinawa? At the moment, China, Taiwan, and Japan are engaged in a particularly nasty sovereignty dispute in the East China Sea over five islands and three barren rocks called the Senkakus by the Japanese and the Diaoyus by the other claimants. The disputed chain is north of the southern end of the Ryukyus and...
  • A Show of Contempt, at Home and Abroad ... Mark Steyn

    04/20/2014 2:36:00 AM PDT · by Rummyfan · 13 replies
    Steyn Online ^ | 18 Apr 2014 | Mark Steyn
    Happy Easter, Happy Passover. On this Good Friday, we mark the tenth anniversary of Mel's movie, and over the weekend we'll have something with a lighter touch. Caroline Glick, my old colleague from The Jerusalem Post, has a column using a very Steynian word, "The Disappearance of America's Will": The most terrifying aspect of the collapse of US power worldwide is the US's indifferent response to it. In Europe, in Asia, in the Middle East and beyond, America's most dangerous foes are engaging in aggression and brinkmanship unseen in decades.
  • China Might Actually Seize Japan's Southern Islands

    04/09/2014 12:09:51 PM PDT · by mojito · 42 replies
    Foreign Policy ^ | 4/8/2014 | James Holmes
    ....The southern tip of the Ryukyu Islands sits only about 80 miles east of the Senkakus. Unlike the uninhabited Senkakus, the Ryukyus host not only roughly 1.5 million Japanese residents, but also the U.S. Marine and Air Force bases that anchor the U.S. presence in the East China Sea. Occupying the Ryukyus would fracture the U.S. strategic position in East Asia -- separating U.S. forces based in Japan (to the north) from those at Bahrain, the other permanent U.S. hub in Asia, far to the west. At a bare minimum, U.S. ships and aircraft would have to detour around Chinese-held...
  • Gay, lesbian troops perform in drag at Kadena Air Base fundraiser

    03/11/2014 4:39:51 PM PDT · by 7thson · 33 replies
    Stars and Stripes ^ | March 2, 2014 | Travis J. Tritten
    KADENA AIR BASE, Okinawa — Since the repeal of the Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell policy, U.S. military bases have hosted gay marriage ceremonies and potluck gatherings. But on Saturday, servicemembers here may have been the first to take to the stage and perform as drag queens on a military installation in support of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender troops. Drag queens and drag kings, to be precise.
  • Opponents to fight new US military base on Okinawa

    12/28/2013 8:29:02 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 19 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Dec. 27, 2013 8:50 PM EST | Ken Moritsugu
    Threatening lawsuits and protests, opponents are gearing up to fight a decision by Okinawa’s governor that could pave the way for a new U.S. military base on the southern Japanese island. U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel welcomed Friday’s decision, calling it “the most significant milestone” so far in a long-running battle to realign U.S. forces in Okinawa. The new base is designed to reduce the impact of the heavy U.S. military presence in Okinawa by replacing another base in a more congested area, but opponents want the operations moved off Okinawa completely. …
  • N. Korea Suspected of Preparing for Fresh Nuke Test

    10/25/2013 4:09:52 PM PDT · by Cindy · 6 replies
    English.CHOSUN.com ^ | Oct. 25, 2013 09:41 KST | n/a
    SNIPPET: "North Korea appears to have been digging two new tunnels at a nuclear test site in Punggye-ri, North Hamgyong Province since May, sparking fears that it is preparing for another nuclear test." SNIPPET: "Specialist website 38 North, which is run by Johns Hopkins University, said it discovered two new tunnel entrances and a mound of earth while analyzing satellite pictures of the test site taken on Wednesday."
  • Marines delay Osprey deployment

    09/04/2013 9:08:56 PM PDT · by Rabin · 42 replies
    Stars and Stripes ^ | Travis Tritten
    CAMP FOSTER, Okinawa – The Marine Corps said it will delay the deployment of an Osprey aircraft squadron to Okinawa following (yet another) Air Force "helicopter" crash in a military training area Monday. The fiery crash of an HH-60 Pave Hawk sent plumes of smoke into the air near Camp Hansen in central Okinawa and left one crew member still missing early Tuesday.
  • Tattered World War II flag brings two families together

    07/16/2013 8:43:07 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 14 replies
    KOMOnews ^ | 7-16-13 | Eric Johnson
    SEATTLE -- The saying, "time heals all wounds" is familiar to most, and for two soldiers and their two sons, it rings true. It's important that a man understands his father so he can better understand himself. And when the fathers are gone, we cling to things -- belongings and symbols -- that show what they stood for and who they were. In Centralia, Kim McDougal has learned new things about his father after finding a unique package. Herb McDougal is 88-years old. He lives in a retirement home and suffers from Friedreich's ataxia, which makes it difficult for him...
  • China lays claim to Okinawa as territory dispute with Japan escalates (2 star general quoted)

    05/16/2013 8:24:20 AM PDT · by Zhang Fei · 36 replies
    The Guardian ^ | Wednesday 15 May 2013 | Justin McCurry
    China is attempting to open a new front in its territorial dispute with Japan by questioning Tokyo's sovereignty over the island of Okinawa, home to 25,000 US troops. The two countries are already pushing rival claims to the Senkakus, a chain of uninhabited islands in the East China Sea that are controlled by Tokyo. The dispute over the islands, known as the Diaoyu in China, has hit bilateral trade and sent diplomatic relations to their lowest point for decades. Beijing began its attempt to broaden the territorial dispute earlier this month when the communist party newspaper, the People's Daily, ran...
  • China should reconsider who owns Okinawa: People's Daily

    05/08/2013 5:46:50 AM PDT · by DeaconBenjamin · 34 replies
    Japan Today ^ | Politics May. 08, 2013 - 05:00PM JST
    China’s top newspaper on Wednesday published a call for a review of Japan’s sovereignty over the island of Okinawa—home to major U.S. bases—with the Asian powers already embroiled in a territorial row. The lengthy article in the People’s Daily, China’s most-circulated newspaper and the mouthpiece of the ruling Communist party, argued that the country may have rights to the Ryukyu chain, which includes Okinawa. The island is home to major U.S. air force and marine bases as well as 1.3 million people, who are considered more closely related to Japan in ethnic and linguistic terms than to China. The authors...
  • Now China Says It May Own Okinawa, Too

    05/08/2013 6:10:24 AM PDT · by blam · 60 replies
    TBI ^ | 5-8-2013 | Agence France Presse
    Now China Says It May Own Okinawa, Too Agence France PresseMay 8, 2013 US Sale Of Armed Drones To Japan And South Korea Would Transform Tensions In The Pacific China's top newspaper on Wednesday published a call for a review of Japan's sovereignty over the island of Okinawa -- home to major US bases -- with the Asian powers already embroiled in a territorial row. The lengthy article in the People's Daily, China's most-circulated newspaper and the mouthpiece of the ruling Communist party, argued that the country may have rights to the Ryukyu chain, which includes Okinawa. The island is...
  • U.S., Japan announce plans to move Marines from Okinawa to Hawaii, Guam

    04/05/2013 9:43:04 PM PDT · by Pan_Yan · 45 replies
    Pacific Business News ^ | Apr 5, 2013, 12:03pm HST | Mark Abramson
    The United States and Japan on Friday announced plans for basing troops in Okinawa that will result in Marines from there being moved to Hawaii and Guam. ... “Under the plan, the United States will consolidate our forces over time and reduce our impact on the most populated parts of Okinawa,” U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said in a statement. “Together, our plan calls for the immediate return — upon the completion of certain necessary procedures — of certain facilities and areas on Okinawa.
  • Mississippi passenger detained, stranded in Hawaii by No-Fly List

    10/17/2012 12:42:08 PM PDT · by redreno · 36 replies
    Canada Free Press and www.digitaljournal.com ^ | 10/17/2012 | By Elliott Freeman
    A Mississippi man flying to visit his wife in Japan on Monday was detained during a stop in Hawaii and has been barred from reboarding his flight - or any other flight - because his name came up on the U.S. No-Fly List, leaving him stranded on the island. Gulfport resident Wade Hicks, Jr., boarded a military jet at Travis Air Force Base in San Francisco so he could spend time with his newlywed wife, a U.S. Navy lieutenant stationed in Okinawa, Japan, the Canada Free Press reports.
  • U.S., Japan move ahead with Osprey deployment

    08/23/2012 10:14:58 PM PDT · by Rabin · 12 replies
    Xinhuane ^ | 2012-06-30 05:34:16 | English
    U.S. Defense Department on Friday announced it is moving forward with deployment of the "accident-prone" MV-22 Osprey tiltrotor aircraft in Japan beginning in August, despite local resistance. The Pentagon; Ospreys will replace CH-46 helicopters It acknowledged MV-22 and a CV-22 aircraft by the governor of Okinawa. On April 11 in Morocco, an MV-22 crashed, flight data indicates the aircraft performed as expected untill it crashed. The Pentagon said there were no problems with the aircraft's safety. Earlier this month, a CV-22 crashed during a training mission in Navarre, Florida, leaving five crew members injured. A preliminary review uncovered no information...
  • US to shift Marines to Australia

    04/27/2012 6:17:36 PM PDT · by naturalman1975 · 17 replies
    Herald Sun ^ | 28th April 2012
    THE US said it would pull 9000 Marines out of Japan and redeploy them to Australia, Guam and Hawaii. The move seeks to ease a long-running standoff over the future of the US' huge military presence in one of its top Asian allies. Withdrawing troops was originally part of plans to move a busy US airbase on Okinawa to another area of Japan but US officials decided to separate the two issues due to ongoing opposition to the base relocation. In a joint statement issued in Washington and Tokyo, the two sides said they remained committed to move the Futenma...
  • U.S.-Japan deal withdraws 9,000 Marines from Okinawa

    04/27/2012 2:27:58 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 19 replies
    Cable News Network ^ | April 27, 2012 — Updated 0819 GMT (1619 HKT) | Bob Kovach and Chelsea J. Carter
    Roughly half the U.S. Marines on Okinawa will be transferred under an agreement announced Thursday that will reduce the military footprint in Japan, easing local resentments over the amount of land being used by American forces. Some 9,000 Marines along with their family members will be transferred under the agreement, with about 5,000 being sent to Guam as part of a military buildup on the U.S. territory in the Pacific, according to a joint statement released by the U.S.-Japan Security Consultative Committee. "I am very pleased that, after many years, we have reached this important agreement and plan of action,"...
  • PAC-3 deployment completed to intercept N. Korean rocket

    04/05/2012 8:09:15 PM PDT · by U-238 · 2 replies
    The Mainichi ^ | 3/5/2012 | The Mainichi
    Japan completed on Thursday the deployment of its ground-based Patriot Advanced Capability-3 interceptors in Okinawa Prefecture to prepare for North Korea's planned rocket launch sometime next week. With the arrival of the Maritime Self-Defense Force transport ship Kunisaki carrying the PAC-3 at Ishigaki Island, the interceptors are now deployed to four locations in Okinawa that also includes its capital Naha, Miyako and Nanjo. Japan is bracing itself for the rocket launch after North Korea announced last month that it will launch an ''earth observation satellite'' to mark the centennial of its state founder Kim Il Sung's birthday on April 15....
  • Japan: Nuke crisis sends hundreds of Tokyoites fleeing to Okinawa

    11/22/2011 3:44:52 PM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 8 replies
    Asahi Japan Watch ^ | 11/22/11 | KAZUYO NAKAMURA
    Nuke crisis sends hundreds of Tokyoites fleeing to Okinawa November 22, 2011 By KAZUYO NAKAMURA / Staff Writer NAHA, Okinawa Prefecture--Following the Fukushima nuclear crisis and fearing the spread of radiation, a number of Kanto residents fled to this southernmost prefecture and continue to live here despite the lack of personal connections. "The Okinawans are really warm-hearted. I wouldn't want to live in Tokyo again," said Jin Tanimura, 38, clad in "kariyushi" wear, a locally promoted attire that looks like a Hawaiian shirt.
  • Ancient forearm bone from tall man found at archeological site in Okinawa

    09/01/2011 8:02:35 PM PDT · by Palter · 10 replies
    The Mainichi Daily News ^ | 30 Aug 2011 | The Mainichi Daily News
    Researchers have unearthed an ancient forearm bone from the Mabuni Hantabaru archeological site in Itoman, Okinawa Prefecture, believed to be from a Jomon period male roughly 169 centimeters tall -- much taller than the average for the period. The bone, measuring about 28 centimeters, is believed to be from the late Jomon period, dating back 3,000-4,000 years. The average height of males from the same period is about 158 centimeters. Takayuki Matsushita, honorary head of the Doigahama Site Anthropological Museum in Yamaguchi Prefecture, which conducted a survey of the area, said the find was unusual. "Even on a national scale,...
  • U.S. replaces diplomat for alleged remarks disparaging Okinawa

    03/10/2011 11:25:06 PM PST · by Racehorse · 11 replies
    Asahi.com ^ | 11 March 2011
    Seeking to contain the fallout from very undiplomatic remarks by a U.S. diplomat, the United States on Thursday mollified Japan by replacing the official who allegedly said Okinawans practiced "extortion." In Tokyo, officials were visibly pleased at the speed with which Washington moved to ensure there would be no rupture in U.S. relations with Japan. Kurt Campbell, the visiting U.S. assistant secretary of state for East Asian and Pacific affairs, informed Foreign Minister Takeaki Matsumoto in a meeting Thursday morning that Kevin Maher, director of Japan affairs at the State Department, had been replaced by Rust Deming, according to a...
  • Vandalism of USS Emmons Sparks Outrage

    09/28/2010 7:59:34 AM PDT · by Stonewall Jackson · 4 replies
    FoxNews.com ^ | September 23, 2010 | Matt Sanchez
    The USS Emmons served the United States proudly through World War II, right up until April 6, 1945, when it was attacked by five kamikaze pilots off the coast of Okinawa. One day later, the U.S. Navy sank the destroyer to prevent it from falling into the hands of the Japanese.
  • World War II Vet At Home On A Hog

    08/22/2010 2:36:42 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 7 replies · 1+ views
    The Denver Channel ^ | August 22, 2010 | Ryan Budnick
    University Chancellor Rides Cross Country For The Greatest Generation You can't classify Dr. Bruce Heilman as just a World War II veteran. That would not do him justice. Even if you add that he is the only known member from The Greatest Generation who still is an avid Harley-Davidson motorcycle rider. Heilman is much too complex a person to categorize with only one label. But that is part of his lifelong creed; live a great adventure or a series of them. Heilman grew up on a farm in rural Kentucky during the Great Depression. He has seen combat as a...
  • Chinese Claims to Okinawa Gain Support Among Historians(Chicom trying to corner Okinawa)

    08/19/2010 8:25:24 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 38 replies
    Chosun Ilbo ^ | 08/19/10
    Chinese Claims to Okinawa Gain Support Among Historians There are increasing voices among Chinese historians claiming territorial rights over Okinawa, the Japanese island where the U.S. has a massive military base. Japan's Mainichi Shimbun on Wednesday said some Chinese historians argue that Okinawa, when it was the Ryukyu Kingdom, flourished thanks to trade with China and was essentially a part of it. In a conference in Beijing in December last year, some insisted that the annexation of the Ryukyu Islands by the Meiji government in 1879 and the U.S.' return of Okinawa to Japan in 1972 was invalid under international...
  • Japan Counters China's Naval Build-Up

    07/08/2010 4:28:09 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 14 replies
    World Politics Review ^ | 7/8/2010 | David Axe
    On Sunday near Okinawa, the Japanese navy spotted two Chinese warships sailing south into the Pacific. The Chinese vessels were in international waters, but their proximity to Okinawa, which hosts a preponderance of U.S. and Japanese military forces, alarmed Tokyo. As a courtesy, navies traditionally announce their routine cruises in advance, particularly when one nation's ships might pass close to another's territory. Sunday's infraction of that protocol was not the first for China. Just three months prior, two Japanese warships patrolling around Okinawa had discovered an unannounced flotilla of at least 10 Chinese vessels, including two submarines. During the encounter,...
  • Japanese Defenses Battered By Political Storm

    06/05/2010 10:49:20 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 1 replies · 381+ views
    Aviation Week and Space Technology ^ | 6/4/2010 | David A. Fulghum
    Japan’s government may have lost a prime minister, but it has gained a stellar reputation for political theater. “Someone had to lose face,” says a veteran U.S. analyst of Japan’s defense programs. “The prime minister had to go against the popular [desire to get the Marines out of Okinawa]. He went with the U.S., [in a reversal of a campaign promise] and then he had to resign.” Part of the reason for Yukio Hatoyama’s about-face was his realization that the U.S. military is building up an air-launched missile defense capability in Okinawa with the introduction of additional F-22s and F-15s...
  • Japan names outspoken populist Naoto Kan as new PM

    06/04/2010 5:38:37 AM PDT · by paudio · 3 replies · 550+ views
    AP via Yahoo News ^ | 6/4/10 | TOMOKO A. HOSAKA
    Japan's parliament elected outspoken populist Naoto Kan as prime minister Friday, handing the political veteran the immediate task of rallying his party and reclaiming its mandate for change before elections next month. Kan succeeds Yukio Hatoyama, who stepped down Wednesday after squandering the public's high hopes with broken campaign promises, including moving a U.S. Marine base off Okinawa island, and financial scandals.
  • (Japanese PM) Hatoyama announces resignation (because of USMC Okinawa base agreement)

    06/02/2010 2:03:31 AM PDT · by markomalley · 2 replies · 404+ views
    UPI Asia ^ | 6/1/2010
    TOKYO, June 1 (UPI) -- Embattled Japanese Prime Minister Yukio Hatoyama announced his decision to step down Wednesday after only eight months in office. The leader of the Democratic Party of Japan, which he helped come to power last September after the August elections, announced his decision at a general assembly of party lawmakers, Kyodo News reported. The prime minister's ruling coalition has seen its public approval ratings plunge in recent months. Things came to a head after the Social Democratic Party, a coalition partner, decided to leave over the government's accord allowing the U.S. Marine base's air station to...
  • US, Japan Agree to Relocate Air Base on Okinawa

    06/01/2010 11:04:22 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 15 replies · 456+ views
    Defense Talk ^ | 6/1/2010 | Defense Talk
    The United States and Japan agreed yesterday to relocate a controversial U.S. air base to a less densely populated area on the Japanese island of Okinawa. The future of Marine Corps Air Station Futenma had been a subject of intense political debate in Japan that led to the possibility of the base being moved off the island entirely, despite a 2006 agreement to relocate it on Okinawa. Talks between Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton and Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates for the United States and Foreign Minister Katsuya Okada and Defense Minister Toshimi Kitazawa for Japan addressed a range...
  • WSJ NEWS ALERT: Japan Prime Minister Hatoyama to Quit, NHK Says

    06/01/2010 6:14:12 PM PDT · by Glenn · 10 replies · 317+ views
    WSJ Email Alert ^ | June 1, 2010
    <p>Japanese Prime Minister Yukio Hatoyama will announce his resignation at an emergency plenary meeting of ruling party lawmakers later Wednesday, national broadcaster NHK reported.</p> <p>Calls have been growing within the Democratic Party of Japan for his resignation after a recent plunge in the cabinet's approval rating and his handling of the relocation of a U.S. military base in Okinawa.</p>
  • Report: Japan's prime minister to resign-Marine base in Okinawa, falling poll numbers to blame...

    06/01/2010 6:15:54 PM PDT · by John W · 49 replies · 2,139+ views
    MSNBC ^ | June 1, 2010 | MSNBC
    TOKYO - Japanese prime minister Yukio Hatoyama has said he intends to resign, a media report said Wednesday. Public broadcaster NHK said that Hatoyama told his party executives he intended to step down over his broken campaign promise to move a U.S. Marine base off the southern island of Okinawa.
  • Japanese PM Yukio Hatoyama resigns amid Okinawa row

    06/01/2010 10:47:47 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 9 replies · 367+ views
    BBC News ^ | 6/1/2010 | BBC News
    Japanese Prime Minister Yukio Hatoyama has announced his resignation after just eight months in office. He was forced out after breaking an election pledge to move an unpopular US military base away from the southern island of Okinawa. The move comes as his Democratic Party of Japan (DJP) struggles to revive its chances in an election due in July. The centre-left DPJ's election landslide last year ended half a century of conservative rule in Japan. But wrangling over the base distracted attention from their broader aims - pursuing a more equal alliance with the US, a bigger welfare state, and...
  • Tea Party Campaign of Japan (video)

    06/01/2010 9:24:53 AM PDT · by jdfromny · 7 replies · 429+ views
    CNN International ^ | 5/16/10 | Hanna Gale
    This is the first nationwide Tea Party movement to protest against the new government of Japan’s Democrats in response to the shift from an American-centered policy to a more China-focused policy, more specifically the relocation of the American Marine Corps air base from Okinawa. Happiness Realization Party is willing to support this grass roots campaign and conservative movement by joining the demonstration that started at Hibiya Park in Tokyo to the National Diet on May 11 @ 1:00 pm in Japan. In spite of rain, more than 3000 people participated in this demonstration.
  • Small Japanese party quits government over US base

    05/30/2010 3:33:45 PM PDT · by paudio · 3 replies · 257+ views
    AP ^ | 5/30/10 | MARI YAMAGUCHI
    A small party decided to leave Japanese Prime Minister Yukio Hatoyama's ruling coalition over his broken campaign promise to move a U.S. Marine base off Okinawa island, as he faced calls Sunday to resign and dim prospects in upcoming elections.
  • Okinawa Decision Has Missile Defense Element

    05/26/2010 9:00:20 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 16 replies · 373+ views
    Aviation Week and Space Technology ^ | 5/25/2010 | David A. Fulghum
    By backpedaling on a campaign promise to move a U.S. Marine Corps airbase from Okinawa, Japanese Prime Minister Yukio Hatoyama may have nonetheless secured additional airborne cruise missile and tactical ballistic missile defenses for Japan. China is seen as the cruise missile threat since it has developed a new, faster, long-range weapon that can be launched from its Su-27MKK strike fighter fleet. North Korea has the greater fear factor, however, because of its suspected nuclear ballistic missile capability and its government’s erratic behavior and apparent aggressions, such as the alleged sinking of a South Korea warship. Okinawa is already home...
  • Future of U.S. Bases Bolstered in Japan

    05/23/2010 5:51:13 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 21 replies · 598+ views
    Wall Street Journal ^ | 5/24/2010 | Jacob Schlesinger and Juro Osawa
    Prime Minister Yukio Hatoyama gave up on a bedrock campaign pledge and accepted a longstanding U.S. proposal for positioning American troops in Japan, backing down from a battle with Washington as the two nations grapple with North Korea's aggression and China's rising power in the region. The move hands the Obama administration an important foreign-policy victory, allowing Washington to avoid what, for a time, appeared to be an unwelcome need to rearrange its regional defense strategy in North Asia while fighting two wars and navigating other tense diplomatic and economic tussles around the world. Beyond the specifics of the Marine...