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US Marine Jet Crashes off Okinawa , Pilot Ejects Safely
A U.S. Marine Corps AV-8 Harrier fighter jet has crashed into the ocean off the coast of southwestern Okinawa in Japan, but the pilot ejected safely from the aircraft and was rescued
Japan Court Rejects Okinawa Move to Block US Base Relocation
A Japanese court has ruled that Okinawa's governor exceeded his legal authority by revoking a permit to reclaim land for the relocation of a U.S. military base, allowing the central government to proceed with the plan despite protests by local residents
Opponents Step up Protest Against US Helipad Plan on Okinawa
Opponents of planned U.S. helipads on Japan's southern island of Okinawa have stepped up protests in Tokyo after the central government used military aircraft to transport equipment for the project
Mass Protest Latest Sign of Opposition to US Military Presence on Okinawa
The massive protests that have taken place in Okinawa, Japan, over a U.S. contractor's alleged rape and murder of a local woman underscores the long history of tensions on the island that has a large U.S. military presence there. Roughly 65,000 people attended a rally on Sunday, many wearing black
Drunk Driving Incident Highlights Controversy Over American Military Presence in Japan
An incident in which an American sailor allegedly drove drunk in the wrong direction on a freeway on Saturday represents the latest chapter in the story of a growing rift between the U.S. Military and residents of Okinawa, Japan, many of whom want to see an end to the robust American presence that
Why the Okinawa Base Relocation Matters
For 17 years, the U.S. and Japan have been haggling over a Marine base in Okinawa. On Friday, the problem was solved, as the governor of Okinawa prefecture approved a permit to begin construction of a relocated base in a less-populated area, breaking tensions that...
Japan's Conservative Party Returns to Power
TOKYO — Japan’s conservative Liberal Democratic Party staged a dramatic comeback today, winning a landslide victory in the powerful lower house of Parliament, just three years after it was ousted from power. Exit polls showed the main opposition party en route to secure a two-thirds...
Two Sailors Arrested For Alleged Rape in Okinawa
Two U.S. Navy sailors have been arrested in Okinawa for the alleged rape of a local woman. The arrests come at a rocky time for the U.S. military presence on Okinawa, which is home to half the 50,000 American military forces based in Japan. Seaman...
The Global Note: "Social Explosion" In Greece; Dodging Euro-Bullets; Landmark - and Anger - In Egypt; Punishing David Nalbandian
EUROPE CRISIS: THE EURO SURVIVES (FOR NOW); GREECE’S “SOCIAL EXPLOSION”; WHERE’S THE BIG FIX? -BIG PICTURE…Today’s story has many datelines: Athens, of course, where the ballot box may have kept in the Euro – though nightmares remain; Los Cabos, Mexico, where world leaders are basically...
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