Voters in the Japanese capital of Tokyo elect Yoichi Masuzoe to replace former Governor Naoki Inose, who resigned on December 24, 2013. [http:--the-japan-news.com-news-article-0001017889 (Yomiuri Shimbun)]date=April 2020
Tens of thousands of Japanese people demonstrate for the closure of Futenma airbase (MCAS) in crowded Ginowan, Okinawa. They also protest the deployment of twelve MV-22 Osprey aircraft. They consider the plane as the "most dangerous" in the world.
Japanese Prime Minister Yukio Hatoyama makes an apology for breaking an election promise to get rid of a U.S. military base located in Okinawa which he and the United States believe is "needed to guarantee regional security". Demonstrators affected by this failure order him to "go home".