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Narita International Airport near Tokyo to offer quick coronavirus tests

A coronavirus test center opening next month at Narita International Airport will offer coronavirus testing primarily to departing travelers with as little as a two-hour wait for a negative result, according to the airport operator.

Japan hopes to have alternative to Aegis Ashore missile-defense system by year’s end

Japan scrapped plans to deploy the U.S. system in Yamaguchi and Akita prefectures in June due to the cost and a projected 10-year delay.


Japan-based Marine arrested in Hiroshima after alleged break-in

Lance Cpl. Steven Frank Altamirano is accused of breaking a window and entering the home of a 78-year-old Japanese man.


US military dependent dies in collision with Japanese driver south of Misawa Air Base

The accident, involving four teenagers in one car and a Japanese driver in another, happened on a two-way road in the town of Oirase, south of Misawa, that was wet from rain.


Japan’s defense ministry seeks $52 billion for next fiscal year, its largest budget request ever

Japan’s Ministry of Defense proposed the eighth consecutive defense budget hike.


US troops may soon qualify for generous travel discounts through Japan’s ‘Go To’ campaign

U.S. military personnel and their families in Japan may be eligible for half-price deals on bullet train tickets, hotels, meals and other tourist activities starting next month, according to the Japan Tourism Agency.


US troops may soon qualify for generous travel discounts through Japan’s ‘Go To’ campaign

Starting Oct. 1, the program may be extended to anyone in Japan and include destinations in Tokyo, although a final decision will depend on the capital’s coronavirus infections, according to Japan Tourism Agency officials.


Japanese legislators want joint US-Japan military drills near contested Senkaku islands

In a draft proposal, about 100 members of Japan’s governing Liberal Democratic Party suggested joint operations to strengthen control of the Senkaku Islands, according to one of the lawmakers.


Tokyo’s daily coronavirus count remains above 200; US military reports 17 new cases

All but one of the new coronavirus cases reported by the U.S. military in Japan on Friday are individuals newly arrived in Japan and still in quarantine.


Family of Japanese woman abducted by North Korea seeks US help to bring her home

The family of Megumi Yokota, who was 13 when she was abducted by North Korea, is asking for U.S. help to secure her return and that of other abductees.


Tokyo’s own Harry Potter theme park slated to open in 2023 on Toshimaen site

A theme park based on the Harry Potter films is scheduled to open in Tokyo in 2023, companies developing the park announced Monday.