Inside a plastic-draped tent, Japan Ministry of Defense workers examine a badly rusted drum unearthed Jan. 28, 2014, from a soccer field near Kadena Air Base schools where 22 dioxin- and herbicide-laced barrels were found last year. (Travis J. Tritten/Stars and Stripes)

Excavation begins in Okinawa field where barrels previously found

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November 22, 2014

CAMP FOSTER, Okinawa — Workers began excavation Friday on an additional 66 spots at the Okinawa City soccer field where barrels containing toxic herbicides were found last year.

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Photos by Tetsuo Nakahara, Stripes Okinawa

The best foods in life are fermented

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November 21, 2014

Some consider Japanese cuisine to be one of the healthiest foods in the world, crediting it for giving Japan what the World Health Organization says is the highest life expectancy (83 years) of nearly 200 surveyed nations. And when you talk about...

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  Lexi Vermeire spends time volunteering to teach and mentor second grade students of Ramstein Air Force Base elementary school before her own classes start in high school on Jan. 28, 2013    Bennie J. Davis III/U.S. Air Force

Military brats or CHAMPS? Authors' proposed name change riles up locals

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November 17, 2014

(MCT) — Area military families seem less than enthused about a proposed replacement for the term “military brat.”

For about a year, the USO and other military organizations have worked with two women who wrote a book for elementary-...

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