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Japan’s Defense Ministry wants $50 billion for 2020 — its highest budget request yet

Japan’s Defense Ministry on Friday requested its largest-ever budget and the seventh consecutive spending hike since Prime Minister Shinzo Abe took office in 2012.

Marine admits to punching Tokyo taxi driver after ditching cab fare

Lance Cpl. Kahsai Tyree Hill, assigned to 3rd Battalion, 6th Marine Regiment, admitted to punching a 24-year-old taxi driver in the face on May 25, which left a bruise that required “two weeks medical treatment,” according to prosecutors.


Japanese police hunt assault suspect who fled in ‘Y’ plate car near Misawa Air Base

The suspect, described as being in his 20s or 30s, allegedly punched the victim in the head before leaving the scene in a vehicle with a type of license plate issued to American military personnel in Japan.


Marine accused in string of Tokyo assaults now faces attempted murder charge

Lance Cpl. Kahsai Tyree Hill has been in Japanese police custody since he was arrested on suspicion of punching a taxi driver in the face after not paying a $7.40 fare and then assaulting others while fleeing the scene in Tokyo’s Shinjuku ward, according to local media reports.


Undisclosed fuel spills at Yokota did not meet reporting criteria, US military says

Japan’s Mainichi Shimbun newspaper discovered a spill of 734 gallons of diesel fuel from a tank and a midflight leakage of 2,790 gallons of jet fuel at Yokota Air Base near Tokyo went unreported to Japanese authorities.


Japanese officials dismiss report that Trump spoke of ending defense treaty

The Japanese government has dismissed a U.S. media report saying that President Donald Trump spoke of ending the two nations’ longstanding postwar defense pact.


Japan outlaws flying drone aircraft while under the influence of alcohol

The new rules don’t directly affect American personnel operating drones on military bases, Japanese officials said — but Federal Aviation Administration rules also ban drinking and droning flights over military installations.


New Misawa Queen looks forward to serving as ambassador for US air base in Japan

Airman 1st Class Brooklyn Shedd will represent Misawa Air Base, attending nine festivals with two Japanese beauty queens and joining a sports team.


Japanese helicopter breaks in half after forced landing at base in western Tokyo

The Japan Ground Self-Defense Force UH-1 Iroquois was heavily damaged during landing practice Friday at Camp Tachikawa, located near Yokota Air Base.


Reports: Marine under investigation after drunken car theft, crash near Iwakuni

The unnamed gunnery sergeant stole the vehicle from a convenience store parking lot in Iwakuni city after the driver, who works on base, left her keys in the ignition.


Japan says F-35A pilot was likely disoriented before fatal crash in April

The pilot of a Japan Air Self-Defense Force plane that plunged into the Pacific Ocean probably experienced spatial disorientation, the JASDF said.