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Japanese fishermen to seek compensation after F-16 ditches fuel tanks into lake

An F-16 Fighting Falcon assigned to Misawa Air Base’s 35th Fighter Wing dropped two external fuel tanks into Lake Ogawara after an engine caught fire shortly after takeoff on Tuesday morning. No one was injured in the incident, and the aircraft was able to return safely to the base.

Chinese military wants more nukes to counter US stockpile

China’s military is calling for the expansion of the country’s nuclear weapons stockpile to counter what it sees as similar growth by the United States, media reports said.

Japanese inspectors to verify US aircraft safety on Okinawa

The plan involves dispatching Japan Ground Self-Defense Force aircraft maintenance specialists to Marine Corps Air Station Futenma to be briefed about recent aircraft malfunctions in AH-1Z Viper and UH-1Y Venom helicopters.

Japanese minister replaced after heckling lawmaker over Okinawa aviation incidents

Fumiaki Matsumoto, who resigned last week, shouted “How many people died?” on Thursday while Japan Communist Party leader Kazuo Shii criticized recent emergency landings by Marine Corps helicopters.

3rd Marine Corps helicopter emergency landing this month draws ire on Okinawa

An AH-1Z Viper from Marine Corps Air Station Futenma’s 1st Marine Aircraft Wing was brought down at a municipal helipad on Tonaki Island, Marine and Okinawa Defense Bureau officials said.

Japan PM Abe reveals country's first mission to defend US military aircraft

For the first time, Japan has defended U.S. military aircraft under security legislation passed in 2016 allowing its Self-Defense Forces to aid American military units.

Japan accuses US military of flying over school where helicopter window fell

Officials had been watching for military aircraft over Okinawan schools after a Dec. 13 incident in which a Super Stallion’s window inexplicably became separated from the aircraft and landed on a Futenma Daini sports field while schoolchildren were playing.

Japan protests after Chinese frigate, sub sail near Senkakus

The incursions happened Wednesday and Thursday in Japan’s contiguous zone around Okinawa and the Senkaku Islands, according to Japanese officials.

Mattis apologizes to Japan over string of aircraft mishaps on Okinawa

The United States has apologized to the Japanese government for a recent rash of military aviation mishaps that have sparked fear and anger on the southern island prefecture of Okinawa.

Another US military helicopter forced to make emergency landing on Okinawa

An AH-1Z Viper assigned to Marine Corps Air Station Futenma made the emergency landing Monday. It's the second such incident there in three days.

Warning light causes US helicopter to make ‘preventive landing’ on Okinawa

The Marines told Japanese officials that a UH-1Y Venom from the 1st Marine Aircraft Wing made a “preventive landing” just after 4 p.m. on an Ikei Island beach after a warning light came on.