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Enjoy a winter hike and delicious lunch in northernmost Okinawa

The wind is shifting to the north, Okinawa is less humid and it’s looking like autumn-wintery weather has come to the sub-tropical island.

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Japanese officials call on Marine Corps to curb drinking incidents on Okinawa

In November, the Okinawa Times newspaper reported 10 incidents involving alcohol and U.S. service members. Half involved Marines, three involved airmen and two involved Army troops. Eight were cases of drunken driving.


Former Marine Corps employee gets four-year sentence for selling marijuana on Okinawa

Charles Yecla, 40, a civilian who worked for Marine Corps Installations Pacific at the time of his arrest last year, was sentenced Dec. 1. He was also fined the equivalent of $9,600.


US military adds 19 new cases to its coronavirus totals in Japan

On Okinawa, the prefectural government reported another 20 coronavirus infections on U.S. bases Friday. Yokota Air Base in western Tokyo said 12 people tested positive while Yokosuka Naval Base, homeport of the 7th Fleet, reported six cases.


Tokyo’s daily coronavirus number stays above 500; US military reports more cases in Japan, South Korea

U.S. military commands in Japan and South Korea announced a dozen positive coronavirus cases at various installations, including a delivery driver for Pizza Hut at Kadena Air Base.