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Preparing and cleaning raw produce

FORT LEE, Va. – Commissary patrons are advised to wash off raw produce before “that apple a day” one day beckons a trip to the emergency room....
Photos by Shoji Kudaka

Here's the story behind those big Okinawan tombs

For those who are new to the island, traditional Okinawan tombs may look very intriguing. But the spiritual importance these large structures...

When parking in Japan, you better know what you're doing!

You are stationed in Japan for the first time. You just got your government driver’s license, purchased a car at the lemon lot, filed all the...

Photos by Shoji Kudaka

Let's explore the last depachika on Okinawa

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...

‘FAMIRESU’: Dining at Japan's family restaurants

Located from the northern island of Hokkaido through the southernmost island of Okinawa, family restaurants, aka ‘famiresu’, offer a variety of...

Col. Jason Beers, the former 91st Security Forces Group commander, takes part in a ceremony at Minot Air Force Base, N.D. on Nov. 5, 2017. Beers, who was removed from his post after explosives and a machine gun were lost in separate incidents, is slated to take a new assignment at Air Force Special Operations Command in Florida. (JONATHAN MCELDERRY/U.S. AIR FORCE)

Air Force commander relieved over lost munitions at Minot to take new job at AFSOC

WASHINGTON — The former head of security forces at Minot Air Force base who was relieved of command last month after his airmen lost weapons and...

Marines attend a ceremony at the Marine Barracks in Washington, D.C., on Oct. 17, 2014. A Marine standing guard on Friday June 15, 2018, at the Barracks was transported to a local hospital with a gunshot wound, according service officials. (MEREDITH TIBBETTS/STARS AND STRIPES)

Marine guard in stable condition after shooting himself near commandant’s house

WASHINGTON — A Marine who shot himself Friday morning while standing guard at the Marine Barracks in Washington was listed in stable condition at...

Storms could swamp Okinawa over weekend

This report was last updated at 7:20 p.m. on June 16 JST.

5:45 p.m. Saturday, June 16, Japan time: You'd probably not believe it,...

Coffee beans, ready to be ground, at Grafenwoehr, Germany, Friday, June 15, 2018. The U.S. Army has recently determined exactly how much caffeine an individual can drink to maximize alertness. (MARTIN EGNASH/STARS AND STRIPES)

How much coffee does a soldier need to maximize alertness? The Army’s got an app for that

Have you ever had a cup or two of coffee and wondered whether you need more?

Not enough and you might as well go back to sleep? Too much...

Speakin' Japanese: PCS move

You just got your new orders and now it’s time to pack your belongings and PCS. Even though you may be leaving Japan, you might want to learn the...

CAMP FOSTER, OKINAWA, Japan – The tropical cyclone conditions of readiness are conditions that state the level of danger a typhoon presents and the proper response to minimize that danger to human life. Typhoon season on Okinawa is from June through November. An emergency kit with three days’ worth of food and water should be prepared. (U.S. Marine Corps illustration by Staff Sgt. Branko Bilicich)

Tips and Tricks for Typhoon season

CAMP FOSTER, OKINAWA, Japan – -- Typhoon season on Okinawa lasts from June to November, and with it brings the need for proper preparation in the...

Oura Bay and Camp Schwab in northern Okinawa, Japan, are seen in December 2016.

Futenma relocation to be further delayed due to endangered coral

CAMP FOSTER, Okinawa — The start of landfill work for a new runway into Oura Bay at Camp Schwab will be delayed until Aug. 17 because of concerns...

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