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Last Update: September 7, 2012

Community

The Okinawa Crane Project

One morning I awoke to a news report that the three American soldiers who had been charged with kidnapping, beating and raping a 12-year-old Japanese school girl had all pleaded guilty to various of the charges.I had been upset about the incident since I had first heard about it, but felt paralyzed - as usual - about something that seemed so far away and about which I could do nothing.   Read More!

The G-8 Summit – a Pride Rarely Seen Before

There were endless flags flying around Okinawa, showing the people’s excitement. The G-8 summit was coming! There were road and tunnel constructions just about everywhere, on base and off base, no one seemed able to escape the blasting and drilling of the workers! There were summit T-shirts and other merchandise for sale and Okinawa even made it on the worldwide news, but what has this meant for Okinawa? Lock down the military! A lock down came into effect on all military installations, into housing facilities by midnight, no alcohol consumption, and the ever-enjoyable ID checks! It had many military members in a ruffle but at least for the time being it has cut down on most of the military mischief.   Read More!

Health

Forty Feet of Crystal Blue

Continuing his guide to Okinawa’s best dive sites, this week John Chandler looks at a place where divers need to exercise some caution with tides but which can be enjoyed too by kayakers and snokelers. Dive Site: Onna Point - "The RIP" Level of difficulty: Advanced This week we travel north again and explore an older and more popular dive site where experience can be gained without too much effort.   Read More!

Opinion

Why All This War Glory on TV ?

I don't know how to contact the TV station. I was wondering don't they consider that the military history and the hero moments of the war with Japan to be in poor taste to be showing in Japan? Would they not complain if the Japanese TV showed spots about a brilliant attack on Pearl Harbor? All this from a nation so big on political correctness.   Read More!

Not a Drunk Untrustworthy Criminal Adolescent

Here is my response to the "Cinderella Liberty" For The Military" letter on page 3 of the July 20-26 Japan Update. Exactly how is the "Cinderella Liberty" a slap in the face to the local population? Imposing a curfew is not the only way to enforce discipline within the U.   Read More!

What Good Newspapers Are Made Of

I was incredibly impressed with the opinion article entitled Something to Think About. It was right on the money and was SO well written.   Read More!

The Curfew – Further Fuel for Hatred and Mistrust

There seems to have been an enormous reaction to the recent problems that a few Americans have caused in the Okinawa community – not just locally, but globally. I am only one of thousands that has been affected by the outcome of these incidents.   Read More!

Gourmet

TK’s: Open Earlier and Better Quality than Fast Food Chains

A new place, TK’s opened last month on the Sunabe seawall, the only one of its type, serving an American breakfast early in the morning. There are many eateries in this area but most of them have Japanese menus, there is a French place and the nearest McDonald’s opens at 8 am.   Read More!

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