Testing the United States: China and the Senkakus

  Despite the brief hiatus in tensions between Japan and China over the Senkakus—islands historically owned and administered by Japan but in recent decades claimed by China—the issue is flaring up again. Two Chinese People’s Liberation Army (PLA) ships, including a submarine, entered the contiguous waters next to the islands and another island group in […]

The Osprey’s Water Landing and the Okinawa Prefecture Government’s Misplaced Agenda

Late on the evening of December 13, I received word from a highly reliable source that an MV-22 Osprey, later identified as belonging to the medium tiltrotor squadron VMM-265 stationed at Marine Corps Air Station Futenma, had gone down off the eastern coast of Okinawa Prefecture earlier at approximately 9:30 p.m. He mentioned the crash […]