MCAS Futenma News
Okinawa boy injured after window falls off US Marine chopper
Japanese officials say a boy was injured in Okinawa when a metal window frame fell from a U.S. military helicopter, the second such incident in the past week on the southern island
Marine Corps apologizes after aircraft part falls on 2nd Japanese school in a week, injuring a student
For the second time in less than a week, a part from a U.S. military aircraft has fallen on a school in Okinawa, Japan. A Marine CH-53E helicopter window fell onto the sports field of Daini Futenma Elementary School near the Marine Corps Air Station Futenma at about 10:09 this morning, 1st Lt.
Japanese nursery school hit by possible US aircraft part
The 1st Marine Aircraft Wing, a unit of the U.S. Marine Corps, is investigating reports that an object from a U.S. military aircraft fell onto the roof of the Midorigaoka Nursery School in Okinawa, Japan, Thursday morning. A staff member at the school told NHK, a Japanese public broadcasting
Ex-US Marine gets life for murder and rape of Okinawa woman
A Japanese court has convicted a U.S. military contractor of murder and rape charges in the death of an Okinawa woman and sentenced him to life in prison.
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...