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New Japanese marines train with US, Filipino troops in Philippine Sea

U.S. Marines and sailors aboard the dock landing ship USS Ashland trained for the first time with Japan’s new Amphibious Rapid Deployment Brigade during recent Kamandag drills in the Philippine Sea.

Japanese fishermen to seek $837K payout after US jet dropped fuel tanks into lake

One hundred and eighty fishermen in a local association are expected to seek a payout from the U.S. and Japanese governments for losses suffered during a shutdown that resulted from tanks being dropped onto a lake, a Tohoku Defense Bureau spokesman said on Tuesday.


Family receives a second Japanese flag taken off soldier's body during WWII

During WWII, flags were often signed by servicemembers’ families, neighbors, schoolmates and coworkers wishing for good fortune in war. The warriors would then fold the flag and carry it into battle.


Experience Harajuku’s famous ‘culture of cute’ at Tokyo’s Kawaii Monster Cafe

Japan is famous for its culture of cuteness — better known as kawaii — embodied by popular characters like Hello Kitty or unique fashion subcultures such as Lolita and Decora. In Tokyo, the undisputed epicenter of kawaii culture can be found on the streets of Harajuku, a neighborhood long known for its status as the place where Japan’s offbeat fashion trends come to life.


Strengthening US-Japan alliance ‘more important than ever,’ defense report says

Strengthening Japan’s alliance with the United States is “more important than ever” as North Korea continues to pose a “serious and imminent threat,” says a Japanese defense report approved by the nation’s cabinet Tuesday.


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Tokyo ice cream shop ‘towers’ above the rest thanks to its eight-layer cone

Daily Chico's eight-layer cone, which has long been popular on social media and television, comes with all eight flavors of ice cream sold at the shop.


Japan to deploy helicopter carrier for two-month Indo-Pacific mission

Japanese helicopter carrier JS Kaga is scheduled to deploy for a two-month mission in the Indo-Pacific region, according to the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force.


Mother, daughter donate never-before-seen photos of Hiroshima after atomic bombing

A mother and daughter from Hawaii have given the Hiroshima Peace Museum some never-before-seen photographs taken soon after the city was destroyed by the world’s first atomic-bomb attack.


Workers uncover cache of WWII firearms, swords at Tokyo elementary school

About 1,400 firearms, 1,200 swords, eight training grenades and more than 300 bullets and cannonballs were uncovered over the course of several weeks by constructions workers. The city believes they belonged to the Imperial Japanese Army during World War II.


5-story Tokyo spa resort offers various modes of relaxation, stays open overnight

In Japan, one doesn’t need to travel far to enjoy the many natural hot springs — or onsens in Japanese — the country has to offer. Visitors to Tokyo can treat themselves with a rejuvenating trip to an onsen in the heart of the city.


Award-winning baguettes, French ambiance enhance Shibuya’s Viron

Viron serves a wide variety of standard French brasserie dishes, such as terrine and choucroute garnie, a type of sausage and sauerkraut plate — but also offers a selection of delicious bread, sandwiches and pastries made in the bakery downstairs.