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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.

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.


People who fly drones over a military base in Japan may soon face hefty fines, jail time

The first phase of a Japanese law that prohibits unauthorized drone flights over and around U.S. military bases and Japanese defense facilities takes effect this month, Defense Minister Taro Kono announced Friday.


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Hiroshima mayor urges action on nuclear disarmament as city marks atomic bombing’s 75th anniversary

A ceremony at the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park featured a moment of silence at 8:15 am., the moment a U.S. B-29 Superfortress dropped an atomic bomb over the city center on Aug. 6, 1945.


Tokyo breaks daily coronavirus record with 463 new cases

Tokyo counted a record one-day high of 463 coronavirus cases Friday, Gov. Yuriko Koike announced during a televised news conference.


Yokota airman injured in ‘major vehicle accident’ while under the influence, officials say

The accident, which is under investigation, happened at approximately 12:34 a.m. Sunday in Tachikawa, Yokota’s 374th Airlift Wing said in a statement. All four airmen are assigned to the base, which is also home to U.S. Forces Japan and 5th Air Force.


Okinawa Marines say they’ve contained coronavirus’ spread, announce 13 new cases

The latest infections were discovered “within the last 24 hours” at Camp Hansen through the Marine Corps’ trace-and-test process, Marine Corps Installations Pacific wrote in a statement on its Facebook page.


Okinawa Marines announce one new coronavirus case, 16 recoveries related to cluster outbreak

The Marine Corps on Okinawa reported one new case of the coronavirus Wednesday, bringing the total from two clusters discovered after the Fourth of July weekend to 142, Marine and Okinawa prefectural officials said.


Japanese defense minister voices alarm over US forces’ coronavirus control

The commander of U.S. Forces Japan on Wednesday admonished his personnel to adhere to public health restrictions a day after the Japan’s defense minister cited “problems” with military personnel arriving during the coronavirus pandemic.


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.