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Japanese F-35 squadron could help defend Senkaku Islands claimed by China

F-35B Lightning II stealth fighters could fly out of Nyutabaru Air Base in Miyazaki prefecture, Kyodo News reported.

Okinawa prosecutors charge Marine with assault on a woman, interfering with police

A transmission systems operator with 3rd Marine Division at Camp Courtney was officially charged for a January incident, authorities said.


Austin, Blinken are planning Biden administration’s first visit to Japan, reports say

Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin and Secretary of State Antony Blinken are planning March 15-17 talks in Tokyo with their Japanese counterparts, reports said.


Japan denies report that it’s scrambling fewer fighter jets against Chinese military aircraft

Japan reportedly has a “new restrictive policy” that only authorizes the scrambling of fighters against Chinese aircraft that threaten to violate the country’s airspace, a report said.


Activist goes on hunger strike over possible WWII remains at Okinawa base construction site

One of Japan’s leading voices on the disposition of World War II remains, Takamatsu Gushiken has been working to excavate and repatriate casualties from the Battle of Okinawa for nearly 30 years and has made more than 300 recoveries — including at least four Americans.


Tokyo police arrest former US service member months after broken glass incident at Yokota gate

Louis Bonamigo, an unemployed man living near Yokota Air Base, was taken into custody Tuesday on suspicion of forcible obstruction of business.


Japan Coast Guard may fire at foreign vessels attempting to land on Senkakus, government says

This is the first time the Japanese government has clearly stated that its coast guard may fire on vessels attempting to land on Japanese soil, the head of the ruling Liberal Democratic Party’s National Defense Division said.


French frigate joins efforts to block illegal ship-to-ship trading by North Korea

The frigate Prairial will look for illicit ship-to-ship transfers of goods by North Korea.


Discount rail passes will soon be available for US troops in Japan

Expats and foreign workers in Japan, including those under the status of forces agreement, have long grumbled about the availability of heavily discounted fares for the country's rail system which are offered only to tourists.


Okinawa governor calls for dramatic reduction of US military footprint on the island

Okinawa Gov. Denny Tamaki is urging Tokyo and Washington to slash the U.S. military footprint on the island where some 30,000 U.S. troops are stationed.


Marine suspected of shoving Okinawa police officer has been arrested again

A Camp Courtney-based Marine accused of shoving a Japanese police officer last month has been arrested again on suspicion of indecent assault.