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Activist goes on hunger strike over possible WWII remains at Okinawa base construction site

One of Japan’s leading voices on the disposition of World War II remains, Takamatsu Gushiken has been working to excavate and repatriate casualties from the Battle of Okinawa for nearly 30 years and has made more than 300 recoveries — including at least four Americans.

Discount rail passes will soon be available for US troops in Japan

Expats and foreign workers in Japan, including those under the status of forces agreement, have long grumbled about the availability of heavily discounted fares for the country's rail system which are offered only to tourists.


Okinawa governor calls for dramatic reduction of US military footprint on the island

Okinawa Gov. Denny Tamaki is urging Tokyo and Washington to slash the U.S. military footprint on the island where some 30,000 U.S. troops are stationed.


Marine suspected of shoving Okinawa police officer has been arrested again

A Camp Courtney-based Marine accused of shoving a Japanese police officer last month has been arrested again on suspicion of indecent assault.


Chinese coast guard has firepower in dispute with Japan over Senkaku Islands

New authority given to China Coast Guard ships to fire on foreign vessels believed to be encroaching on Chinese territorial waters is adding an edge to confrontations with Japan over the Senkaku Islands.


Coffee, noodles and coronavirus tests: Japanese vending machines sell test kits during the pandemic

Vending machines in five locations in Tokyo and Kanagawa prefecture are selling polymerase chain reaction, or PCR, test kits to encourage people to take the test regularly.


US military in Japan reports just one new coronavirus case as state of emergency is extended

U.S. military bases in and around Tokyo have tailored their restrictions to comply with the state of emergency.


Okinawa-based Marine accused of shoving police officer; Air Force civilian faces shoplifting charge

Japanese police on Okinawa over the weekend arrested a Marine for shoving a police officer and an Air Force civilian employee for shoplifting in separate incidents, according to police spokesmen.


Okinawa court hands Marine a suspended sentence for drunken assault on cab driver

A judge sentenced a Marine who assaulted a taxi driver and crashed a taxi to three years in a Japanese prison with hard labor but suspended the sentence for four years.


Foo Fighters promote signature Japanese beverage along with their latest album

Foo Fighters, the renowned rock ‘n’ rollers known for hits like “My Hero” and “Everlong,” reached across the Pacific to a distinguished Japanese sake brewer to help promote the band’s upcoming album, “Medicine at Midnight.”


Japan declares coronavirus emergency in Tokyo metro area

The state of emergency starts Friday and lasts until Feb. 7, Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga said.