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There are about 50 licensed farmers that produce hemp in Tochigi Prefecture. Photo courtesy of Taima Hakubutsukan

Reefer gladness: A brief history of hemp in Japan

Most people don’t know it but Japan has a centuries-old history with a simple yet popular plant that has only been making waves here and abroad...


American Airlines is still shrinking legroom, just not as much

American Airlines has reversed course on a plan to cram passengers in tighter on a new fleet of aircraft, the company said.

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A Marine Corps F-35B Lightning II with Marine Fighter Attack Squadron 121, Marine Aircraft Group 12, 1st Marine Aircraft Wing, conducted a training flight from Marine Corps Air Station Iwakuni to Kadena Air Base on Okinawa, Japan, Monday, June 26, 2017. CHARLES PLOUFFE/U.S. MARINE CORP

F-35B stealth fighters make first appearance on Okinawa

CAMP FOSTER, Okinawa — Two F-35B Lightning II aircraft landed on Okinawa Monday, the first time the state-of-the-art stealth fighter has visited...

The first F-35A stealth fighter manufactured in Japan is seen at a Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Ltd. factory in Toyoyama, Japan, on June 5. JAPAN NEWS-YOMIURI PHOTO

Japan mulls equipping F-35s with air-to-surface missiles

TOKYO — The Japanese government is considering equipping cutting-edge F-35 stealth fighters with air-to-surface missiles, which are capable of...

An undated company handout photo of Leonard Glenn Francis, aka Fat Leonard. GLENN DEFENSE MARINE ASIA

First military case in 'Fat Leonard' Navy bribery scandal begins

NORFOLK, Va. — While he was stationed in Singapore, a U.S. Navy commander ate suckling pigs worth $400 apiece, attended a Gucci fashion show with...

The Senate side of the U.S. Capitol. STARS AND STRIPES

CBO audit says Senate health care bill would leave 22 million more uninsured

WASHINGTON — The Senate Republican health care bill would leave 22 million more Americans uninsured in 2026 than under President Barack Obama...

Peter Mims poses for a photo after being frocked to the rank of petty officer third class during a ceremony aboard the USS Shiloh May 25. COURTESY PHOTO

‘Missing’ Shiloh sailor who launched three-day search now facing court-martial

YOKOSUKA NAVAL BASE, Japan — A USS Shiloh sailor who sparked a massive three-day search after appearing to have fallen off the ship only to be...

A submarine-launched ballistic missile is displayed during a military parade in central Pyongyang, North Korea, April 15, 2017. ZHU LONGCHUAN/XINHUA/ZUMA PRESS/TNS

Missile threats surging worldwide, DOD study finds

Technology for ballistic and cruise missiles is advancing in countries from North Korea and Iran to Russia and China, increasing potential threats...

U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman John Linzmeier

Colorado ANG joins quarterly weapons load competition

A U.S. Air Force weapons load team from the 44th Aircraft Maintenance Unit, carries an AIM-9 sidewinder missile toward an F-15 Eagle fighter...

An aerial view shows the Henoko district of Nago, Okinawa, Japan. JAPAN NEWS/YOMIURI

Strike balance between deterrence, reducing Okinawa's US base burden

Maintaining the deterrence power of the U.S. military is indispensable to securing peace for Japan. At the same time, it is necessary to reduce...

Fallen rocks block a road after an earthquake in Otaki village, central Japan, Sunday, June 25, 2017. KOJI HARADA/KYODO NEWS VIA AP

Strong earthquake injures 2, knocks off roof tiles in Japan

TOKYO — A strong earthquake shook residents Sunday in a mountainous region of central Japan, injuring at least two people and knocking roof tiles...

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Hanko: Japan's seal of approval

If you’ve received any sort of official document from a Japanese organization, you’ve likely run across a red seal next to a signature or printed...