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Ceremony on Iwo Jima marking battle’s 75th anniversary is canceled because of coronavirus

Survivors of the Battle of Iwo Jima have made the sojourn to the infamous tear-shaped volcanic island since 1985. But this year's commemoration is canceled.

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Navy Super Hornet loses refueling cover while training off Okinawa coast

The jet belongs to Strike Fighter Squadron 115 and was training with Air Force F-15 Strike Eagles from Kadena when the part was lost, according to a report in the Okinawa Times newspaper.


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.


Marine spouse presents $11,050 to Okinawa governor to help restore fire-ravaged Shuri Castle

More than 200 people, mostly U.S. military members and their families serving on Okinawa or who had served there previously, as well as Okinawans living in the U.S., donated to the fund to help restore Shuri Castle, a landmark destroyed by fire Oct. 31.


Snow-white sandy beaches meet the deep blue sea at the Miyako Islands

The snowy beaches of the Miyako Islands are a change to the beige-orange sand on the main island of Okinawa, and the sun reflected off the powdery white sand contrasts sharply with the blue ocean to compose a beautiful scene.