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US Osprey Crash-Lands off Okinawa; Flight Suspension Sought (News)

Tokyo, Dec. 14 (Jiji Press)—An MV-22 Osprey tilt-rotor transport aircraft of the US Marine Corps crash-landed in waters just off Okinawa Prefecture, southernmost Japan, on Tuesday night, leading the Japanese government to seek the suspension of Osprey flights. The first serious Osprey accident in Japan happened around 9:30 pm. The aircraft was damaged heavily in the accident. The crash-landi…

Okinawan Identity and the Struggle for Self-DeterminationShimabukuro Jun

Since Onaga Takeshi’s successful campaign for governorship of Okinawa last fall, “Okinawan identity” has emerged as a rallying cry for unified opposition to plans for a replacement facility for US Marine Corps Air Station Futenma inside Okinawa Prefecture. Okinawan political scientist and activist Shimabukuro Jun explores the meaning of Okinawan identity in a historical context, focusing on the postwar experience of “structural discrimination.”

Timeline for May 2015

The volcano Shindake erupts on the southern island of Kuchinoerabujima, a plan to reform local government in Osaka is defeated, and debate over new security legislation begins in the Diet. These are the top Japanese stories for May 2015.

Getting to the Heart of the Osprey ControversyTatsumi Yuki

Objections from some in Japan meant that plans to deploy the latest “Osprey” transport aircraft to a US base in Japan were delayed by two months. The objections focused on safety issues—but what was the real nature of the debate? Stimson Center Senior Associate Tatsumi Yuki reports.

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