Postcard from Tokyo

Postcard from Tokyo

These are dark days for Okinawa. Last autumn, the Japanese government ignored a 100,000-person protest on the island and allowed the Pentagon to station a dozen Osprey aircraft at the U.S. Futenma air base, introducing potentially dangerous aircraft into the densely...
Osprey Outrage on Okinawa

Osprey Outrage on Okinawa

This article is part of a weekly FPIF series on the Obama administration’s “Pacific Pivot,” which examines the implications of the U.S. military buildup in the Asia-Pacific—both for regional politics and for the so-called “host”...

Okinawan Delegation Visits DC for Base Closure

A delegation of politicians, lawyers, activists and students from Okinawa, Japan, will travel to Washington, DC, from January 21 to January 27 to advocate for the closure of Marine Corps Air Station (MCAS) Futenma. The delegation of 24 Japanese leaders will hold a...

Deception and Diplomacy: The US, Japan, and Okinawa

The following text makes extensive use of the treasure trove of documents on the US-Japan-Okinawa relationship released by Wikileaks and published in The Asahi Shimbun and Ryukyu Shimpo in May 2001, setting them in the frame of four decades of chicanery. It also...

Hatoyama’s Confession

Hatoyama Trumps Mubarak While most Japanese newspapers led with the resignation of Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak on the morning of February 13, it was different in Okinawa. Both Okinawan dailies, Ryukyu Shimpo and Okinawa Taimusu, ran as their top story,...
One Creature That Deserves Extinction: the V-22 Osprey

One Creature That Deserves Extinction: the V-22 Osprey

Some animals should be endangered. Consider the V-22 Osprey. The tilt-rotor aircraft, which takes off like a helicopter but flies like a plane, costs more than a $100 million apiece, killed 30 personnel in crashes during its development stage, and survived four...

The Battle of Okinawa 2010: Japan-U.S. Relations at a Crossroad

Five decades after the adoption of the (revised) US-Japan Security Treaty, and two decades after the end of the Cold War, Cold War assumptions still underpin the relationship between the world’s leading industrial democracies. A belated Japanese attempt to...
Okinawa and the Changing U.S.-Japan Alliance

Okinawa and the Changing U.S.-Japan Alliance

For the past 60 years, the Japanese have relied on the U.S. military to underwrite their national security, thus allowing them to pursue a pragmatic strategy of economic development as the core of their domestic and foreign policy. This strategy has achieved mixed...