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Gov. Nakaima Adamant: Get Futenma Base off Okinawa
[2011-12-02] Okinawa Governor Hirokazu Nakaima has gone nose-to-nose with Foreign Minister Koichiro Genba, firmly demanding the U.S. Read More!
Japan liking Americans more as China flexes its muscles
[2011-09-16] Threats to stability in Asia posed by both North Korea and China are making Japanese reassess the importance of having American troops on its soil. Over the past six years, a new GfK-Associated Press survey shows, Japanese have taken a much more positive view of having an American military presence on its soil than before. Read More!
Okinawa, U.S. congressman agree: Marines not needed
[2010-09-09] Opponents of Marines in Okinawa in general, and relocating Futenma Marine Corps Air Station within the prefecture specifically, have found themselves a new ally in U.S. Read More!
Facts of history of MCAS Futenma
[2007-08-16] Last weekend marked the third anniversary of the helicopter crash into Okinawa Kokusai University campus in Ginowan City. As the controversy surrounding the future and relocation of MCAS Futenma continues, Peter Simpson, an assistant professor at the university, submitted this article detailing the history of the MCAS Futenma (Editor). Read More!
A response to the Independance Day Flag Incidence story
[2007-08-01] Unlike many people around the world, I still have a high regard for journalism as a profession. This in spite of the fact that much of my academic research over the last ten years has been directed towards revealing the production and reproduction of falsehoods in the mainstream media. Read More!
English language and technology keys to success
[2003-10-11] After years of lobbying by western organizations, including the American Chamber of Commerce, the Japanese Government seems to have accepted two basic precepts: English is the worldwide language of business, and English, or any second language, is best learned at a young age Japanese elementary schools are now given some measure of scheduling autonomy, and are being encouraged to offer English to 3rd, 2nd or even 1st graders. In response to this positive development, the American Chamber of Commerce in Okinawa has formed an ad hoc committee, the English in Education Committee. Read More!
Open letter to all Filipinos living in Okinawa: “Hopeless Philippines?”
[2003-09-13] "The Philippines is still the same, and will remain the same that’s why I will not participate in voters registration." In short, the Philippines is hopeless! This is one of the reasons why those who were aware of voters’ registration last Aug. Read More!
Money Matter$
[2003-07-24] The Lord willing and if the creek don¡¯t rise, you will be 55 or 65 years old someday. Your monthly paycheck will stop but your monthly expenses won¡¯t ¡ª so start now to look into how to live well after you retire. Read More!
Money Matters
[2003-07-11] Every month I buy a lottery ticket here in Okinawa. The chance of me catching the big prize is about one in one billion. Read More!
Letter: SARS Coming Under Control
[2003-06-01] May 26, 2003 The Editor Japan Update Dear Editor: The lifting of the travel advisory against non-essential travel to Hong Kong and Guangdong by the World Health Organization (WHO) on May 23 is a clear indication that both Hong Kong and Guangdong have succeeded in putting the SARS disease under control. In both places, the number of new SARS cases has been either zero or in low single digit for many days now, and the number of recovered patients is growing steadily. Read More!

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