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2011-11-04 00:00:00

TOKYO, Nov. 4, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- The Okinawa International Movie Festival (OIMF) executive committee has started accepting applications for its "Featured Program" and "JIMOT (hometown) CM COMPETITION" prior to the 4th annual festival which will be held from March 24 to 31. "Featured Program" collects premiere works based on the idea of "Laugh & Peace" that brings us laughter or joy, and the selected works will be eligible for an audience award (2,500,000 yen for prize money) and...

2008-08-17 18:00:37

A panel is to probe whether the 1972 reversion of Okinawa to Japanese sovereignty from the United States was carried out fairly, a lawyer says. The investigation next month comes amid suspicion that there was a secret deal, the Kyodo news agency reported Sunday. A 1971 document declassified by the U.S. government is believed to show Japan secretly shouldered $4 million in costs the United States was supposed to pay to restore Okinawa's land to its original state. "The government must...

2006-06-02 00:06:21

TOKYO (Reuters) - A U.S. sailor was sentenced to life in prison on Friday for killing a 56-year-old Japanese woman in Yokosuka, south of Tokyo, earlier this year, a court official said. Seaman William Reese, 22, who had been based aboard the USS Kitty Hawk aircraft carrier, was convicted by a court in the port city of Yokohama of robbing Yoshie Sato and beating her to death on January 3. The incident came at an awkward time in U.S.-Japan relations, as Tokyo and Washington tried to...

2006-05-29 23:40:31

By Elaine Lies TOKYO (Reuters) - Japan approved on Tuesday a final plan to tighten security ties with the United States and reorganise U.S. troops in the country, part of Washington's strategy to make its forces more flexible in the face of modern threats. Cabinet approval of the plan paves the way for streamlining the approximately 50,000 U.S. military personnel in Japan and giving Tokyo a bigger role in the key alliance, the central pillar of its post-war diplomacy. The plan faced...

2006-05-29 22:36:43

By Elaine Lies TOKYO (Reuters) - Japan on Tuesday approved a final plan to tighten bilateral security ties and reorganise U.S. troops in the country, part of Washington's global strategy to make its forces more flexible in the face of modern threats. Approval of the plan paves the way for streamlining the approximately 50,000 U.S. military personnel in Japan and giving Tokyo a bigger role in the key alliance, the pillar of its postwar diplomacy. The plan faced numerous hurdles,...

2006-05-11 04:53:17

TOKYO (Reuters) - The governor of Japan's southern island of Okinawa signed off on a plan to relocate a U.S. Marine base on Thursday, paving the way for a reorganization of U.S. military forces in Japan. Okinawa governor Keiichi Inamine and Defense Minister Fukushiro Nukaga signed a document confirming their agreement to "deal with" relocating Futenma air base while considering issues such as safety and feasibility, an agreement based on a central government proposal. The signing...

2006-05-01 15:42:46

By Paul Eckert, Asia Correspondent WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States and Japan agreed on Monday to bolster their military alliance and made final a comprehensive plan to streamline U.S. forces in Japan while improving missile defense and intelligence-sharing. Top U.S. and Japanese defense officials and diplomats also pledged to work together to halt the nuclear ambitions of Iran and North Korea and voiced a shared concern about a lack of transparency in China's military...

2006-04-24 00:47:30

By Elaine Lies TOKYO (Reuters) - Japan and the United States have reached an agreement on the touchy issue of funding the relocation of U.S. Marines to Guam, Japanese Chief Cabinet Secretary Shinzo Abe said on Monday. The deal paves the way for wrapping up a plan to reorganize the approximately 50,000 U.S. military personnel in Japan, part of Washington's global strategy to make its forces more flexible to meet modern threats. The two governments had sought to reach a deal on how to...

2006-04-24 00:08:55

TOKYO (Reuters) - Japan and the United States have reached an agreement on the touchy issue of funding the relocation of U.S. Marines to Guam, Japanese Chief Cabinet Secretary Shinzo Abe said on Monday. The agreement paves the way for wrapping up a plan to realign the approximately 50,000 U.S. military personnel in Japan, part of Washington's global strategy to make its forces more flexible to meet modern threats. The two governments had sought to reach a deal on how to pay for the...

2006-04-14 05:22:55

By Linda Sieg TOKYO (Reuters) - The United States and Japan have a good chance of wrapping up a deal to reorganize American troops in Japan by early May, but must first resolve a dispute over how much Tokyo will pay to shift Marines to Guam, a U.S. official said on Friday. The two sides have already missed a March 31 deadline for finalizing the plan to realign the approximately 50,000 U.S. military personnel in Japan, which is part of Washington's global strategy to make its forces...