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Japan’s Defense Ministry seeks record $47.6 billion for FY 2018

The ministry is seeking 5.26 trillion yen ($47.6 billion) for the 2018 fiscal year. That’s a 2.5 percent increase from last year and the sixth consecutive hike since Prime Minister Shinzo Abe took office in 2012.

Marines in Osprey crash identified as recovery operations begin

A pilot, a crew chief and an artilleryman were killed Saturday when their MV-22 Osprey crashed off the coast of Australia during a training exercise, the Marine Corps announced late Monday.


Japan seeks to ground US Ospreys in wake of deadly Australia crash

The Japanese government has urged the U.S. military to ground all MV-22 Ospreys in Japan after one of the controversial tilt-rotor aircraft crashed off Australia’s eastern coast Saturday, presumably killing three Marines.


Kubota near Yokota serves a soft and tasty eel

Kubota, about a five-minute drive from Yokota’s main gate, specializes in eel and has been serving the dish for more than half a century.


Tokyo police stage anti-terror drill at Navy’s New Sanno hotel

Tokyo police staged an anti-terrorism drill at a U.S. government hotel Thursday in central Tokyo, a Tokyo Metropolitan Police spokesman said.



Commercial flights diverted to Kadena after JASDF jet loses part

Several commercial flights were diverted to Kadena Air Base this week after a part fell from a Japan Air Self-Defense Force F-15, causing Naha Airport officials to shut down the runway.


Okinawa sues Japanese government in fresh attempt to stop base relocation

Okinawa prefecture filed suit against Japan’s central government this week in a fresh attempt to block the relocation of Marine Corps Air Station Futenma to a remote part of the island.


American-Japanese couple juggles marriage with service to their respective nations

The Reeds, who wed in 2012 and have two children, met while both were stationed at Marine Corps Air Station Iwakuni. Through careful coordination with their respective services, they managed to secure orders for both to be stationed at Yokosuka.


Verdict expected this month for civilian worker charged in Misawa hotel assault

A verdict is expected later this month for an Army contractor facing assault and weapons charges stemming from a “physical altercation” at Misawa Air Base, Japan.


Stuben Ohtama near Yokota specializes in bacon, sausage and ham made in its own factory

Those who live at Yokota Air Base in western Tokyo have likely passed Stuben Ohtama, a German restaurant housed in an orange European-looking building with a pointed roof near Fussa Station.