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Yokota Air Base is home to U.S. Forces Japan in western Tokyo.  ALLEN ONSTOTT/STARS AND STRIPES

US military tightens base access for South Koreans in Japan

YOKOTA AIR BASE, Japan — The U.S. military has ordered extra scrutiny for South Koreans who want to visit friends or attend events on American...

Fall treats & traditions in Japan

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Autumn is known as the “season of healthy appetites” in Japan. It is the time of the...

Speakin' Japanese: Talking with children

A great way to practice you limited Japanese is with children. When your colleague brings his/her children to work or if are invited to your...

Rare public discord between US, S. Korea raises concern about rift

SEOUL, South Korea — A rare public display of discord between the U.S. and South Korea has raised concerns about a growing rift over efforts to...

Former Marine Ewart Odane Bent, 30, has allegedly confessed in a grisly drug-related homicide on Taiwan, according to media reports. (SCREENSHOT FROM FACEBOOK)

Former Marine reportedly confesses to brutal drug-related homicide in Taiwan

CAMP FOSTER, Okinawa — Local media reports say a former Marine arrested over the summer in connection with a grisly drug-related homicide on...

A Navy F/A-18F Super Hornet flies alongside a KC-135R Stratotanker during a Rim of the Pacific drill near Hawaii, July 10, 2018. (SAMANTHA MATHISON/U.S. NAVY)

New career path for Navy pilots aims to curb retention crisis

The Navy hopes a new program scheduled to kick off sometime next year will help combat manning shortages in the service’s pilot community.

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Vice Adm. Craig S. Faller, right, answers a question during a Senate Armed Services Committee confirmation hearing on Capitol Hill, Sept. 25, 2018. At left is Gen. Robert B. Abrams, who was nominated to serve as the next commander of U.N. Command, Combined Forces Command and U.S. Forces Korea. (JOE GROMELSKI/STARS AND STRIPES)

Gen. Abrams approved by Senate to command US Forces Korea, Vice Adm. Faller to lead Southern Command

WASHINGTON — Army Gen. Robert B. Abrams was confirmed to become the next commander of U.S. Forces Korea in a series of Senate approvals for...

Awamori: Okinawa's famous distilled alcoholic beverage

The French have their wine, you can’t get more American than beer and everybody knows Japan is all about the sake, right?

Well, if you’re in...

MLB vs. NPB: A playoff primer for Japan’s beloved baseball

As the MLB postseason began, Nippon Professional Baseball’s (NPB) playoffs are also right around the corner. Japan’s 12-team league has a regular...

What you need to know about Japanese shochu

Shochu is a Japanese distilled spirit made from many different base ingredients that reveals itself in a variety of aromas and flavors, and can...
Air Force Master Sgt. Kimberly Kaminski, 380th Expeditionary Security Forces Squadron, flips a 445-pound tire during a workout at Al Dhafra Air Base, United Arab Emirates. Resistance training is just one of many steps to take to fight osteoporosis. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Ross A. Whitley)

Sticks and stones can break bones – and so can osteoporosis

FALLS CHURCH, Va. — Bones are living, growing tissues that begin to feel the wear and tear of aging years before symptoms show. Osteoporosis, a...
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Hey, manga maniacs, check out these Japanese cafes!

You have probably at least heard of Japan’s ubiquitous Internet or manga (comic book) cafés. They are everywhere and hard to miss. But there are...

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