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May 15, 2017

Helen Hardacre: Political Realignment Among Japan’s Religions

Shinto priests walk in a line to attend a ritual to usher in the upcoming New Year at the Meiji Shrine in Tokyo, Japan on December 31, 2016 (REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon).  


January 23, 2014

The Constancy of Contest with Okinawa

On Sunday, voters in Nago City re-elected their mayor, Susumu Inamine. Compared with his predecessors, Inamine’s margin of victory was high—more than 4,000 votes more than his challenger. Unlike his …


July 24, 2013

Okinawa and Tokyo Today

My visit to Okinawa two weeks ago provided the opportunity to think about what has happened there over the past seventeen years, as the U.S. and Japanese governments have struggled to find a replacem…


July 16, 2013

Okinawa, Then and Now

For seventeen years, the U.S. and Japanese governments have sought to relocate the U.S. Marines from a heavily congested municipality to a more remote, rural one in northern Okinawa. Futenma Marine A…


February 10, 2012

Movement on the Okinawa Base Plan

Yesterday Japan’s foreign minister Koichiro Gemba announced a new effort by the U.S. and Japanese governments to adjust the plan to relocate U.S. Marines currently stationed in Okinawa. The announcem…

Japan's Foreign Minister Koichiro Gemba shakes hands with Defence Minister Naoki Tanaka as they are surrounded by media in Tokyo

January 27, 2010

Nago Election Ushers in “Plan B” on Futenma

The election last Sunday of Susumu Inamine as mayor of Nago City in northern Okinawa effectively puts an end to the idea that the current plan for relocating Futenma Marine Air Station can somehow be…

April 27, 2010

Reality Check on Futenma Relocation

Photo courtesy of REUTERS/Yuriko Nakao Government officials in Washington and Tokyo are working to come up with a new package of options that would allow U.S. Marine Corps Air Station Futenma to be …

Reality Check on Futenma Relocation