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The Sound of Music: Karaoke the craze in the Pacific!

Chances are you’ve heard someone singing to blaring music as you’ve walked along the busy streets at night. The tempo and lyrics may vary from...

Photos by Shoji Kudaka

A look at Okinawa's only depachika

The closure of the department store Okinawa Mitsukoshi in September 2014 was sad news to me, as it summed up the changes in the island’s shopping...

Photo by flickr_Kyle Taylor

Edo dining culture: Tracing the history of Tokyo's cuisine

Edo: both the name of a particularly character-defining period in Japanese history and the old name for Tokyo. The Edo Era, in contrast to its...
Air Education and Training Command officials announced the service’s new cloud-based learning ecosystem is currently in a beta test with four courses, with testing expected to complete in the summer of 2019 and full operational capability expected in early 2020. (U.S. Air Force graphic by Staff Sgt. Chip Pons)

Cloud-based Air Force learning ecosystem to give control and “21st Century speed” to Airmen

JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-RANDOLPH, Texas (AFNS) -- Air Education and Training Command officials announced the service’s new cloud-based learning...
Photo courtesy of TNS

How to avoid overpacking for a long trip

Travel requires a lot of patience and meticulous planning. Sometimes, that means bringing a whole lot of stuff.

When you’re traveling...

Typhoon Trami remains forecast to achieve super-typhoon status sometime Monday evening, with Ishigaki Island, in southwestern Japan, remaining in Trami's crosshairs, according to the Joint Typhoon Warning Center's latest track.  WWW.NOAA.GOV

Typhoon Trami growing, to pass Okinawa on Saturday

Noon Tuesday, Sept. 25, Japan time: For folks new to Okinawa, and for those who've never been through a typhoon, give...
Soldiers of the 55th Signal Company stand in formation during a safety brief at Fort George G. Meade, Md., Nov. 12, 2015.  DEVEN WALLER/U.S. ARMY

Soldiers recount memorable moments from mandatory weekend safety briefs

Don’t shoot anyone on post, don’t sleep with your squad mate’s spouse, don’t snort unknown substances and don’t live in your car while collecting...

Air Force Col. Larry Card speaks at a POW/MIA Recognition Day event in Cabanatuan, Philippines, Saturday, Sept. 22, 2018.  SETH ROBSON/STARS AND STRIPES

Vets remember daring raid that liberated 500 POWs in the Philippines

CABANATUAN, Philippines — “They sent us out there to die.” That’s how an American veteran recently recalled his time at one of Japan’s most...

Alejandra Juarez, right, kisses her daughter Estela, 9, as she picks her up from her new school in Mexico's Yucatan on Aug. 30. Juarez was deported on Aug. 3, after 22 years in the U.S., where she built a home and family with her husband, an Iraq War veteran.  DIANNA CAHN/STARS AND STRIPES

A military family, divided: After deportation, a Marine veteran’s wife searches for a future

YUCATAN, Mexico – For a few days, things are almost routine.

Alejandra Juarez lies in bed at night and waits for sleep, listening to the...

An airmen offers cold drinks to Japanese policemen during the annual Japanese-American Friendship Festival at Yokota Air Base, Japan, Sept. 16. 2018.  SCREENSHOT FROM TWITTER

Twitter reacts after Japanese police reject airman’s ‘heart-warming’ gesture

TOKYO — An airman’s failed attempt at gifting refreshments to two Japanese police officers made the rounds on social media last week after a...

Did you know?: Invention of Karaoke

Daisuke Inoue is believed to be the inventor of karaoke. Inoue was a businessman and a musician who used to sing popular songs at parties. When...
South Korean President Moon Jae-in and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un hold their hands together after watching the mass games performance of "The Glorious Country" at May Day Stadium in Pyongyang, North Korea, Wednesday, Sept. 19, 2018.  PYONGYANG PRESS CORPS POOL VIA AP

Korean military pact seeks to ease border tensions despite lack of nuclear progress

SEOUL, South Korea — South Korea wasn’t at the table when military commanders from the U.S.-led United Nations Command and the joint Chinese-North...

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