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Japan, U.S. agree: Osprey crash 'human error'
[2012-08-31] Japanese experts are agreeing with the United States that the fatal crash of a MV-22 Osprey in April was caused by human error. The MV-22 that crashed in Morocco killed servicemen, but the official investigation has ruled the cause was not mechanical. Read More!
Churaumi Aquarium invites use for conferences, tourism, meets
[2012-08-31] Okinawa’s Churaumi Aquarium is getting into the public relations and tourism business, under the term MICE to attract tourists and businesses to the Motobu facility. MICE denotes meetings, incentives, conventions and exhibitions, and is targeting large groups of visitors, planned well in advance, to use the first floor of the aquarium, and the adjoining café Ocean Blue. Read More!
Japan to offer ¥2 billion to purchase Senkaku Isles
[2012-08-31] Japan’s central government is getting ready to offer ¥2 billion to the owner of the disputed Senkaku Islands, wanting to settle the conflict and bring the islands under state control within the next few weeks. Behind-the-scenes negotiations are under way with the Kurihama family, which owns four of the five uninhabited islands in the East China Sea in southwest Okinawa Prefecture. Read More!
LDP eyes holding presidential election in late September
[2012-08-31] The Liberal Democratic Party, the conservative opposition party in Japan, is considering its party presidential election in late September, with campaigning to begin within a couple weeks. Confusion within the ranks of the ruling Democratic Party of Japan, which is expected to call a general election in the near future, has the LDP deliberating on the best dates. Read More!
Airman nabbed in Chatan for his drinking & driving
[2012-08-31] The typhoon weekend was a double whammy for a young airman, who was downtown in the early hours of Sunday morning when the military was in TCCOR 1-C, and then he was arrested for drunk driving by Okinawa Police. The 22-year-old airman stationed at Kadena Air Base was traveling Highway 58 in Chatan Town’s Chatan district at 1:20 a. Read More!
Uruma City man charged with prostituting teen girls
[2012-08-31] Ishikawa Police have arrested a 42-year-old self-employed Uruma City man and charged him of violations for prostituting two junior high school girls. Kenichi Morine has confessed to charges he violated the Child Welfare Law and Anti-Prostitution Law, pimping the 14 and 15-year-old junior high school students to have sex with other men. Read More!
Airman denies charges he drove after drinking
[2012-08-31] A 27-year-old airman stationed at Kadena Air Base is denying charges by Okinawa Police that he drove a motorcycle while drunk. Wilfred Aseira says he was not driving a motorcycle at the Miyagi district of Chatan Town about 4:30 a. Read More!
AEON says it will stick with its operating hours
[2012-08-31] AEON Okinawa, operators of AEON department stores and MaxValu supermarkets on the island, says it’s going to stick with earlier opening times first adopted this year as an energy conservation measure. The stores on Okinawa, and at 1,400 branches across Japan, now open at 7 a. Read More!
JGSDF weighs purchasing 4 amphibious landing vehicles
[2012-08-31] Japan's Defense Ministry plans to procure amphibious landing craft for the Ground Self-Defense Force for the first time and will seek about ¥3 billion in fiscal 2013 appropriations to obtain four such vehicles. The plan, says a Defense Ministry source, is to strengthen Japan's defense capabilities at places such as the Nansei Islands in the East China Sea, where China continues to expand its maritime activities. Read More!
San-A to open new supermarket
[2012-08-31] It’s not coming to shoppers in the very near future, but when land now part of the Kadena Ammunition Storage Area is returned to Japanese control, San-A is ready. The supermarket giant says it will build a store at the Owan Higashi area land rezoning site starting the second half of 2014. Read More!

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