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Tokyo cancels plethora of public events in attempt to stem coronavirus’ spread

Several events in Tokyo over the next three weeks are canceled, including an imperial birthday greeting.

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Air Force rolls out shorts on Okinawa so Kadena maintainers can beat the heat

Airmen of the 18th Maintenance Group at Kadena Air Base can now sport blue uniform shorts on the flight line to help them beat the suffocating Okinawa heat, according to the 18th Wing.


Former Thunderbird tapped to lead Air Force’s 36th Wing on Guam

Brig. Gen. Jeremy Sloane, a former operations officer and F-16 instructor pilot for the Air Force’s air demonstration team, the Thunderbirds, has been selected as the next commander of the 36th Wing at Andersen Air Force Base, Guam.


Former US service members sentenced in 2018 drug-related slaying in Taiwan

Two former U.S. service members were among four men handed prison sentences Saturday by a Taiwanese court for the grisly drug-related homicide of a Canadian schoolteacher in summer 2018.


Marine family fights to change UCMJ after appeals court dismisses colonel’s sexual abuse conviction

During a court-martial in 2017, Col. Daniel Wilson was convicted of several charges, including the sexual abuse of a child. However, the U.S. Navy-Marine Corps Court of Criminal Appeals overturned Wilson's conviction without ever hearing from his 7-year-old accuser in person.


US, Philippines still expected to hold spring Balikatan drills despite security pact rift

Joint military exercises with the United States will go on as planned ahead of the termination of a longstanding security pact between the two allied nations in six months’ time, Philippines National Defense Sec. Delfin Lorenzana said Thursday.


Two US service members arrested on Okinawa in separate alcohol-related incidents

Army Sgt. 1st Class Jonathon Levi Sweeney and Marine Cpl. Wilfredo De Jesus Romero were picked up by Japanese police over the weekend in Okinawa for separate alcohol-related offenses.


Day of firsts: Marines flex their amphibious muscles with Japanese troops during Okinawa beach raid

The JGSDF Amphibious Rapid Deployment Brigade and a landing team from the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit hit the beach Sunday to simulate battle with an enemy force. The units deployed together from the America Expeditionary Strike Group for the first time.


No zipperless pants or showing 'collar bone': Parents file complaint on dress code for girls at Kadena AB middle school

The complaint — filed Jan. 10 with the department’s Office of Civil Rights — alleges gender discrimination at Ryukyu Middle School, a Department of Defense Education Activity school at Kadena Air Base.


Cutting edge: Okinawa Marines say new metal 3D printer ‘opens up a whole new world’

Members of the III Marine Expeditionary Force are the first to receive one of the $150,000 Markforged Metal X 3D printers, which is save money on waste and avoid the downtime associated with ordering parts from the United States.


Sergeant Major of the Marine Corps visits Okinawa to talk readiness and lethality

Okinawa was chosen as the site for the Sergeant Major of the Marine Corps Force Level Summit — usually held in Washington, D.C. — because of the importance placed on the Indo-Pacific region by Marine Corps Commandant Gen. David Berger’s Planning Guidance and the National Defense Strategy.