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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.

Okinawa-based Marine arrested after fatal collision with motorcycle

An Okinawa-based Marine was in Japanese police custody Friday, days after his car collided with a motorcycle, killing its driver.


Malfunction forces Japanese F-15 to land at US air base

A hydraulic system malfunction forced the Japan Air Self-Defense Force F-15 Eagle to land at Kadena Air Base at about 8:40 a.m., according to a Japan Air Self-Defense Force spokesman.


Marines to relocate some Okinawa facilities as part of consolidation pact

The U.S. and Japanese governments have agreed to move some Marine Corps facilities from a pair of bases in southern Okinawa to Camp Hansen in the northern part of the island prefecture.


Pair of Navy Growlers make unscheduled landing on way to Misawa

Two Navy EA-18G Growlers landed at the Japan Air Self-Defense Force’s Hyakuri Air Base shortly before noon. An Air Force C-17 Globemaster III transport plane arrived later to provide support, officials said.


Okinawa police seek knife-wielding intruder who slashed US civilian worker

The incident happened in Chatan at about 2 a.m. Sunday, when the woman, a Defense Department civilian worker, awoke to find an intruder standing inside her bedroom


Third Marine Corps aircraft in a week makes emergency landing in Japan

No injuries or damage were reported after an MV-22 Osprey made an emergency landing Wednesday afternoon in Kagoshima prefecture — the third such incident in the past week, officials said.


Marine Corps F-35B stealth fighter makes emergency landing at Japanese air base

A statement issued Wednesday by the III Marine Expeditionary Force on Okinawa said “the pilot received a cockpit indication and elected to land the aircraft at the nearest airport where a safe landing could be made with the most suitable weather conditions.”


Japan to upgrade island air defenses in response to China

Japan's Ministry of Defense plans to upgrade the FPS-2 radar already in place on the island with a fixed warning and control radar that can interface with the Japan Aerospace Defense Ground Environment system.


Japan to keep ‘maximum pressure’ on North Korea ahead of summits

Japan is said to be feeling left out as the U.S. and South Korea push ahead with talks with the North Korean leader. Soon after the talks were announced, Trump spoke with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe by phone to arrange an in-person meeting before talking with Pyongyang.


Okinawa protest leader found guilty of anti-base demonstration offenses

Hiroji Yamashiro, 65, chairman of the Okinawa Peace Activity Center, was found guilty of all charges and sentenced Wednesday to two years in prison with hard labor at Naha District Court.