Okinawa governor Takeshi Onaga speaks at the Foreign Correpondents Club of Japan in Tokyo this week. Mr Onaga wants  to revoke permits for construction of the US military base given by his predecessor as relocation site for the US Marines Futenma Air Base in Okinawa.  Photograph: Kimimasa Mayama/EPA

Earlier this week, a Japanese political leader took the extraordinary step of going to the United Nations to criticise his own central government for (...)

A photograph from 2012 shows a protester carrying a picture of the disputed islands, which Japan calls Senkaku and China calls Diaoyu islands. Photograph: Reuters/Bobby Yip

China’s claims to the Japan-held Diaoyu/Senkaku islets are commonly denounced as a product of its hyper-nationalism and restless search for resourc(...)