Japan suspends work on US base on Okinawa as Abe battles low ratings

Japan said on Tuesday it was suspending construction of a contentious US air base on the island of Okinawa for a month to give time for talks between the central government and island authorities opposed to the facility.

Thousands protest US military base in Japan's Okinawa

Thousands of people rallied in Okinawa in southern Japan today in protest against a controversial US airbase on the island, as a two-decade-old bitter row over the relocation of the site drags on.

Typhoon Noul in Japan after deadly Philippines hit

Powerful Typhoon Noul crashed into the southern Japanese island chain of Okinawa Tuesday, after killing two people in the Philippines, bringing surging waves and howling winds as it headed towards the mainland.

Hundreds flee rumbling Philippines volcano, typhoon

 Hundreds of people fled their homes on the slopes of a rumbling Philippine volcano on Friday as authorities warned of rain-driven mudflows from an approaching typhoon that could bury them alive.

Powerful quake hits Taiwan and Japan, tsunami warning lifted

One man died and another was hospitalised Monday after a fire caused by a powerful quake off Taiwan that also set buildings shaking in the capital Taipei and sparked a short-lived tsunami warning in far southwestern Japan.

Deadlock deepens over US base relocation in Japan

Deadlock over the controversial relocation of a US military base in southern Japan deepened Friday when Prime Minister Shinzo Abe met the anti-base governor of Okinawa.

Tokyo urges Okinawa governor to back down in US base row

 Shinzo Abe`s right-hand man on Sunday urged the governor of Okinawa to concede in a lingering row over the construction of a US air base ahead of the Japanese prime minister`s visit to Washington later this month.

Japan`s Okinawa orders halt to US military base work

 The governor of Okinawa Monday ordered a halt to construction of a controversial US military airbase, the latest twist in a saga that has riven southern Japan for decades.

Japan police arrest man after threats to US envoy Kennedy

Japanese police said Friday they have arrested a 52-year-old man for threatening to bomb the US embassy in Tokyo, days after reports emerged that ambassador Caroline Kennedy had received telephone death threats.

US military takes first step in relocation in Japan

Workers began placing buoys off Okinawa as part of a long-planned and highly contentious relocation of an American military base, which a US official said was a critical step toward the realignment of US forces in Japan.

Protests call for end to US military base move in Japan

Demonstrators rallied in Japan`s southern Okinawa island chain, calling for work to stop on the long-stalled relocation of a controversial US military base.

Typhoon Halong heads for Japan

Typhoon Halong advanced toward southern Japan on Thursday, packing heavy rains as officials warned the storm would bring strong winds and high waves to the region.

Japan issues highest alert over super typhoon Neoguri

Japan`s weather agency on Monday extended its highest alert to Okinawa`s populous main island as super typhoon Neoguri approached the southern chain, saying it may be one of the worst storms for decades.

Magnitude 6.7 earthquake hits north of Okinawa

The US Geological Service says a magnitude 6.7 earthquake has struck in the East China Sea north of the Japanese island of Okinawa.

US biological weapons tested in Okinawa in 60s: Report

The US army conducted field experiments of biological weapons, which could harm rice cropping, in the Japanese island of Okinawa in the early 1960s, a media report said today.

US welcomes deal on relocating air base in Japan

Pentagon chief Chuck Hagel on Friday praised a decision by Japanese officials to allow the relocation of a US air base in Okinawa, calling it a "milestone" for relations with Tokyo.

US Okinawa`s airbase in Japan set for relocation

Japan`s Okinawa on Friday approved the long-stalled relocation of a controversial US military base, the defence ministry said.

Japan`s PM set for breakthrough on controversial US base

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe looks set to win approval from Okinawa this week for the long-stalled relocation of a US military base after a meeting today with the island`s pugnacious governor.

Japan`s PM set for breakthrough on controversial US base

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe looks set to win approval from Okinawa this week for the long-stalled relocation of a US military base after a meeting on Wednesday with the island`s pugnacious governor.

Rotting corpse found at US base in Japan

A human body decomposed "beyond recognition" has been found at a US military camp on the Japanese island of Okinawa, military and police officials said today.