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Japan's Okinawa 'votes against' controversial US base move: exit polls

Nago - Voters on the Japanese island of Okinawa have rejected the relocation of a controversial US military base, according to exit polls from a non-binding referendum cited by local media Sunday.

Japan's Okinawa to vote on controversial US base move

Okinawa - Residents of Japan's Okinawa go to the polls Sunday in a closely watched referendum on the controversial relocation of a US military base to a remote part of the island.

Protests in Japan as work to relocate US base resumes

Apo - Japan on Friday resumed work to relocate a controversial US military airbase in Okinawa, prompting protests and "strong anger" from the local governor.

Okinawa to hold US base referendum on February 24

Apo - The governor of Okinawa in southern Japan said Tuesday the region will hold a referendum on February 24 over an unpopular project to move a US airbase.

New Okinawa governor plans US tour to raise military base issues

Apo - The newly elected governor of Japan's Okinawa said Friday he will take the island's long-running concerns about US military bases there directly to Americans when he visits the country next week.

Okinawans vote for governor, with US base in focus

Apo - Residents of Okinawa were voting for a new governor Sunday in an election seen as decisive for the future of the US military presence on the strategic Japanese island.

US apologises to Japan over repeated military accidents

Toukyo - The US has apologised to Japan over a recent series of accidents involving US military equipment that have sparked anger over American operations in the country, a ministry spokesman in Tokyo said.

US returns tiny portion of controversial Okinawa base

Toukyo - Japan said Monday the United States had returned a sliver of land at a controversial US air base on the southern island of Okinawa which has sparked a lengthy and fierce dispute.

Japan resumes work on controversial US base on Okinawa

Toukyo - The Japanese government on Monday resumed work on building a controversial US airbase on Okinawa island, sparking angry protests and scuffles with police.

US makes biggest Okinawa land return since 1972

Toukyo - A deal to return American military land on Okinawa to the Japanese government was hailed on Wednesday as the biggest such land transfer in more than four decades.

Japan government sues Okinawa authorities over US base

Toukyo - A lawsuit demanding local bureaucrats stop blocking the construction of a US military base in Okinawa was filed by Japan's central government Friday, the latest in the spat between Tokyo and the southern island.

U.S. sailor gets 30 months in prison for Okinawa rape

Toukyo - A US sailor who raped a Japanese woman on the southern island of Okinawa was Friday sentenced to 30 months in prison, a court said.

Protesters rally against U.S. military on Okinawa

Naha - Tens of thousands rallied Sunday on the Japanese island of Okinawa to protest against the heavy US military presence and violent crimes by American personnel that have angered residents for decades.

U.S. military on Okinawa fights to check stigma of crime

Chatan - Crimes by US troops based on the southern Japanese island of Okinawa have long angered residents, who for decades have claimed the American military was out of control.

Protesters rally against U.S. military on Okinawa

Naha - Thousands of demonstrators rallied on the Japanese island of Okinawa on Sunday against the heavy US military presence and violent crimes by American personnel that have angered residents for decades.

Japan defence minister lodges complaint in Okinawa over U.S. arrest

Toukyo - Japan's defence minister travelled to Okinawa to lodge a formal protest with the commander of the US military base there on Saturday after the arrest of a base employee linked to the suspicious death of a local woman.

Japan 'outraged' over U.S. arrest after Okinawa death

Toukyo - Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Friday expressed "outrage" after the arrest of a US military base employee linked to the suspicious death of a woman on Okinawa, a week before a high-profile visit to Japan by President Barack Obama.

U.S. sailor charged with Okinawa rape: Reports

Toukyo - A US sailor was indicted in Japan on Friday for allegedly raping a Japanese woman on Okinawa, according to reports, in a case that could further increase tensions over the American military presence on the fortified island.

Japan police arrest U.S. sailor on suspicion of Okinawa rape

Toukyo - Japanese police said Monday they have arrested a 24-year-old US sailor on suspicion of raping a Japanese woman on Okinawa, in a case that could further fan sentiment against Washington's military presence on the fortified southern island.

Japanese PM orders work suspended at U.S. base in Okinawa

Futenma - Shinzo Abe, prime minister of Japan, agreed to halt construction work on the relocation of the U.S. Futenma airbase away from its densely populated site to a more remote area of the island.

Anti-base Okinawa candidate loses key mayoral poll: media

Toukyo - A candidate backed by Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe claimed victory in a mayoral election in Okinawa on Sunday, beating an opponent of a planned new US military base there.

Okinawa countersues Japanese government over US base move

Toukyo - The defiant southern region of Okinawa countersued Japan's government Friday over local resistance to a new US military base, the latest chapter in deepening mistrust between central authorities and the strategic island.

Japan, US vow to push Okinawa base relocation

Toukyo - Japan and the US vowed Friday to press ahead with the construction of a new air base on strategic Okinawa, and pledged to speed up the return of some land on the island where pacifist sentiment runs high.

Japan government takes Okinawa to court over U.S. base relocation

Toukyo - Japan on Tuesday sued its southern region of Okinawa over local resistance to a new US military base, the latest chapter in deepening mistrust between central authorities and the government of the strategic island.

Okinawa governor revokes permission for construction at U.S. base

Naha - The governor of Okinawa, Takeshi Onaga, has revoked permission for construction work on a new U.S. base at Henoko Bay on the Japanese island.

Tensions flare in Okinawa on 70th anniversary of battle

Itoman - Japan's premier Shinzo Abe was heckled Tuesday at a ceremony to mark the 70th anniversary of the end of the Battle of Okinawa, the bloodiest episode in the Pacific War, as anger flared over the US military's continuing presence.

Okinawans still haunted by horror of war 70 years on

Itoman - Seventy years after the Battle of Okinawa, Yoshiko Shimabukuro still has terrifying nightmares of watching friends and Japanese soldiers die as they hid in caves to escape fierce American shelling.

Thousands rally against U.S. military base on Japan's Okinawa

Okinawa - Thousands of people rallied in Okinawa in southern Japan on Sunday in protest against a controversial U.S. airbase on the island, as a two-decade-old bitter row over the relocation of the site drags on.

Tokyo, Okinawa remain apart in U.S. base row

Toukyo - Shinzo Abe's right-hand man and the governor of Okinawa remained apart in a lingering row over the construction of a US air base at a meeting Sunday ahead of the Japanese premier's visit to Washington later this month.

Okinawa governor stops work on U.S. air base

Naha - Governor Takeshi Onaga of the southern Japanese island of Okinawa has ordered a branch of the Defense Ministry to suspend all work in an area where a key U.S. military air base was to be relocated.
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