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Soldier deaths in South Korea put spotlight on US military suicide crisis

At least eight 2nd Infantry Division soldiers died by suicide in nearly three years, from May 2016 to April 2019. The number is not necessarily indicative of a trend, but it provides a grim snapshot of an unprecedented crisis in the military that has grown despite a concerted push to stop it.


Japan’s economy slows, logging 0.2% annual expansion in 3Q

Japan’s economy grew at a modest annual pace of 0.2% in July-September, supported by consumer purchases ahead of a tax hike, the government said Thursday.


Japan emperor’s harvest rite is his first communion with gods

The Daijosai, or great thanksgiving festival, is the most important succession ritual an emperor performs. But it is closed to the public, even as taxpayer money funds it.


Esper heads to South Korea for talks on intel-sharing pact, defense costs

Defense Secretary Mark Esper’s agenda is likely to be topped by South Korea’s decision to terminate a U.S.-backed military intelligence sharing pact with Japan, which expires at midnight on Nov. 22.

US soldier dies, two others injured when armored vehicle overturns during training in South Korea

Spc. Nicholas C. Panipinto, 20, died on Wednesday from injuries sustained in the rollover at Camp Humphreys.


Hong Kong endures more transit disruptions, more violence

Life in this city of 7.5 million has been strained as thousands of commuters were unable to make it to work.


Navy sends guided-missile cruiser through Taiwan Strait in eighth transit there this year

The guided-missile cruiser USS Chancellorsville made its way through the 110-mile-wide Taiwan Strait on Tuesday in a move that’s bound to draw protests from Beijing.


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Preserving Pacific history: Stars and Stripes librarian retires after 40 years among the archives

Thousands of newspapers dating back to 1945, countless clippings of old stories and half a million priceless photographs fill a room that Norio Muroi has tended for the past four decades.


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