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Searchers recover body of Marine missing at sea since Thursday off southern Japan

Sgt. Tyler M. Rankin disappeared Thursday off the coast of Hamada Beach in Shimane prefecture, according to a statement Tuesday from Marine Aircraft Group 12.

Tokyo Disneyland and DisneySea to reopen July 1, but US troops won’t be able to visit

The Japanese versions of “the happiest place on Earth” will be off-limits initially to U.S. military and Defense Department personnel after reopening because of the U.S. Forces Japan public health emergency that will remain in effect through July 14.

Missing Osprey part sparks call for an investigation at Yokota

Local authorities in western Tokyo are calling for an investigation into whether a small part may have fallen from a CV-22 Osprey tiltrotor aircraft stationed at Yokota.

China sends vessels into Japanese waters near Senkaku Islands a record 66 days in a row

China set a new record Thursday for the number of consecutive days — 66 — its government vessels have been spotted in waters near the Japan-controlled Senkaku Islands in the East China Sea.

New Japanese law imposes harsh penalties for aggressive driving and cycling

The revised traffic law passed this month by the Japanese Diet, the country’s bicameral legislature, takes effect June 30, according to the National Police Agency.

Army colonel pulls Japanese man from overturned van near Sagami General Depot

Col. Patrick Costello worked with another American from Sagami General Depot and a Japanese civilian to pull a man out of a smoking vehicle.

Japanese fireworks group plans nationwide displays to lift spirits during pandemic

A date for the nationwide event has not yet been set. The group originally planned not to publicize the nationwide fireworks displays to avoid crowds gathering.

Tokyo Disneyland to remain shuttered, but Universal Studios Japan will reopen June 19

Admission to Universal Studios Japan — a popular destination for U.S. service members in Japan — will be not only limited to residents of Osaka and five surrounding prefectures, but also season pass holders who live outside that area.


Tokyo Tower reopens nearly two months after being shut down over the coronavirus

Tokyo Tower, an iconic structure in central Tokyo, opened its doors Thursday after the easing of a state of emergency imposed by the Japanese government to curb the coronavirus pandemic.

Global Hawk surveillance drones will return to Tokyo to avoid Guam’s typhoon season

The Air Force is sending unmanned RQ-4 Global Hawks to Tokyo again this summer.

Two Japanese airlines requiring passengers to wear face masks against coronavirus

Some Japanese airlines are now requiring passengers to wear face masks to prevent the spread of the coronavirus as Japan gradually lifts its nationwide state of emergency.