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Locals outraged at new accord to move Futenma within Okinawa
AP - May 28, 2010

People in Okinawa expressed outrage and disappointment Friday at a new agreement reached between Japan and the United States on moving the U.S. Marines' Futenma Air Station within the prefecture, with local leaders doubting the accord can be implemented and angry residents staging mass protests. Susumu Inamine, the mayor of Nago whose coastal area Henoko has been mentioned in the agreement as Futenma's relocation site, said the probability of the controversial base being relocated there is "zero." The agreement, released in the form of a joint statement between the two countries, confirmed that the base will remain in Okinawa despite Prime Minister Yukio Hatoyama's earlier vow to seek to move it "at least outside the prefecture." (AP)
Fukushima thrown out of Hatoyama Cabinet over Futenma row
AP - May 28, 2010

Prime Minister Yukio Hatoyama dismissed consumer affairs minister Mizuho Fukushima on Friday over her opposition to the government's plan for the relocation of a key U.S. military base within Okinawa Prefecture that was agreed by Japan and the United States earlier in the day, government sources said. Fukushima, head of the Social Democratic Party, one of two small coalition partners of Hatoyama's Democratic Party of Japan, is insisting that the government should move the U.S. Marine Corps' Futenma Air Station outside of the island prefecture or Japan in order to reduce the heavy burden on the people of Okinawa from hosting bases. (AP)

Japan, US resolve base row
AFP - May 27, 2010
Japan and the United States announced Friday an agreement to keep a huge US military base on the island of Okinawa in defiance of local opposition, capping several months of tension between the allies. Tokyo and Washington said in a joint statement that the Futenma airbase would be moved, as first agreed in 2006, from a city area to the coastal Henoko region of the southern island. The row, which has badly strained ties between the security allies for more than eight months, was finally resolved after a telephone talk between Japan's centre-left Prime Minister Yukio Hatoyama and President Barack Obama. (AFP)

Australia to take Japan to court over whaling
AP - May 29, 2010
Australia announced Friday it will take Japan to the International Court of Justice to argue that its annual Antarctic whale kill violates international obligations, in a major escalation of the Australian campaign against the hunt. The decision to take legal action against Australia's important trading partner underlines the government's "commitment to bring to an end Japan's program of so-called scientific whaling" in the southern seas, Environment Minister Peter Garrett and Attorney-General Robert McClelland said in a joint statement. Japan gets around an international ban on commercial whaling by arguing that it harpoons hundreds of whales each year for scientific research. (AP)

IPad's arrival in Tokyo causes Japanese to reflect
New York Times - May 27, 2010
First came "iPod shock," which knocked Japan's favorite gadget - the Walkman from Sony, and its line of successors - off its long-held perch at the top of the tech-savvy wish list. Then came "iPhone shock," which sent Japan's cellphone companies - long used to scoffing at the clunky offerings from their overseas peers - scrambling to develop similar smartphones. On Friday, "iPad shock" hit Japan, threatening to bring upheaval to an ever-widening slew of industries in a nation once proud of being on the cutting edge of technology. The hype around the iPad in Tokyo highlights what has become a sobering reality for a country once considered the technological trend-setter; Japan now frequently looks overseas for innovation. (New York Times)

U.S. Marine sentenced to 3-4 years in prison over taxi robbery
AP - May 27, 2010

The Naha District Court on Thursday sentenced a 19-year-old U.S. Marine in Okinawa Prefecture to an indeterminate sentence of between three and four years in prison for injuring a taxi driver and robbing him of cash last year in the prefecture. The serviceman, whose name is being withheld because he is a minor, robbed a taxi driver of 21,000 yen and $100 after pointing a knife at his neck and injuring him on Aug. 1 last year, according to the ruling. The court took into account the danger of the Marine, who has been trained for combat, using the knife in the process of the robbery. (AP)

By J.S. on June 3, 2010

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