A fire has engulfed Shuri Castle in Naha, Okinawa Prefecture, Japan, destroying large parts of the World Heritage’s complex on Thursday morning.
The fire started at around 3 a.m. in the main building of the complex and quickly spread to nearby buildings of the castle.
Service people stationed at a U.S. military base in Okinawa, Japan have reportedly been asked by their Marines Commander to keep quiet about a sailor who killed himself after allegedly stabbing a Japanese woman to death.
Despite strong opposition from locals, Japan’s central government initiated main reclamation work Friday at a United States military base relocation site on the southern island of Okinawa.
Earlier this month, the Fukuoka High Court rejected the Okinawa Prefectural Government’s demand to stop the relocation of U.S. Marine Corps Air Station Futenma to the island prefecture, Japan Times reports.
The Japanese island of Okinawa has a new governor in Denny Tamaki, who won a total of 396,632 votes in the recent election.
The 58-year-old politician came out victorious against Atsushi Sakima from Japan’s ruling Liberal Democratic Party with 316,458 votes.
A Japanese boy was reportedly injured after a metal window frame from a United States military helicopter fell from the sky and landed on a school playground in Okinawa, Japan.
According to local officials of Ginowan, the metal frame came from a CH-53 transport helicopter during mid-flight and crashed in an elementary school play area where 50 children were playing.
An American marine was hit by a car and ended up in a coma while attempting to rescue a distressed Japanese local during a traffic accident in Okinawa, Japan.
Master Sgt. Hector Trujillo was on his way to work before a traffic accident occurred on an expressway earlier in December at about 5 a.m.
Authorities arrested a U.S. marine involved in a vehicular crash that killed an elderly man in Okinawa, Japan, on Sunday.
Nicholas James-McLean, 21, was allegedly driving under the influence of alcohol when his two-ton military truck crashed into Hidemasa Taira’s mini-truck around 5:25 a.m., Japan Today reported.
The Japanese owner of a beach equipment shop reversed his policy of charging Chinese visitors to Miyakojima in Okinawa 10 times more for beach equipment after sparking outrage online.
The unidentified man priced a beach parasol and chairs at 20,000 yen ($183) for Chinese tourists, while the fee for other visitors was 2,000 yen.