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Tokyo to keep many public spots shuttered as coronavirus infections surge across the city

Zoos, museums and some parks in Tokyo will remain closed until at least May 6, the last day of Golden Week.

Japan imposes 14-day self-quarantine for travelers from United States

New restrictions by the Japanese government on travelers entering the country from the United States will not further impact U.S. military personnel already under similar restrictions, according to U.S. Forces Japan.


Tokyo wants cherry blossom viewers to keep it moving during coronavirus outbreak

Despite the threat of coronavirus, throngs of visitors gathered beneath the cherry blossoms in Tokyo city parks over the weekend.


Japanese woman gets 15-year sentence for stabbing Yokota airman to death in 2018

Air Force Master Sgt. Nicholas Vollweiler, who served as the security forces squadron’s chief of standards and evaluation at Yokota Air Base, was stabbed to death in an altercation with his girlfriend in his off-base home.


Slain Yokota airman’s family asks court to hand his Japanese ex-girlfriend a life sentence

Aria Saito, 28, of Tokyo, is charged with murder in the Nov. 9, 2018, death of Air Force Master Sgt. Nicholas Vollweiler, 35, who served as the security forces squadron’s chief of standards and evaluation at Yokota Air Base near Tokyo.


‘I had the intent to kill’: Japanese woman charged in Yokota airman’s stabbing death gives her testimony

A Japanese woman who admitted to fatally stabbing an American airman in his off-base home said she aimed for his neck when questioned by a judge Wednesday during the third day of her jury trial in western Tokyo.


As murder trial opens, Japanese woman says she stabbed her Yokota airman boyfriend in 2018

Aria Saito faces charges of murder and violation of Japan’s Swords and Firearms Control Law in the November 2018 death of Master Sgt. Nicholas Vollweiler, who served as the Yokota security forces squadron’s chief of standards and evaluation.


Hiroshima, Nagasaki atomic-bombing exhibit to be in Pearl Harbor on 75th anniversary of blasts

The exhibit, which runs from July through Sept. 2, will present about 30 panels and 20 items showing the effects of the atomic bomb explosions on the cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki.


Japan Olympic Museum highlights significance of the Olympic Games

With the Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics just around the corner, get psyched up for the games with a trip to the newly opened Japan Olympic Museum.


Ferry spotted near Yokosuka won’t host ship passengers quarantined for coronavirus, Japan says

The 17,000-ton Hakuo will be used as sleeping quarters for Japan Self-Defense Forces personnel and a base for their relief efforts in supporting cruise-ship passengers quarantined over the coronavirus.


Tokyo court awards more money for noise complaints by Yokota Air Base neighbors

The court ordered the Japanese government to pay just over a million dollars to 144 residents living near Yokota Air Base who complained about aircraft noise but rejected a demand for a ban on late night and early morning flights.