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Malfunction forces Japanese F-15 to land at US air base

A hydraulic system malfunction forced the Japan Air Self-Defense Force F-15 Eagle to land at Kadena Air Base at about 8:40 a.m., according to a Japan Air Self-Defense Force spokesman.

Third Marine Corps aircraft in a week makes emergency landing in Japan

No injuries or damage were reported after an MV-22 Osprey made an emergency landing Wednesday afternoon in Kagoshima prefecture — the third such incident in the past week, officials said.


Marine Corps F-35B stealth fighter makes emergency landing at Japanese air base

A statement issued Wednesday by the III Marine Expeditionary Force on Okinawa said “the pilot received a cockpit indication and elected to land the aircraft at the nearest airport where a safe landing could be made with the most suitable weather conditions.”


Japan to upgrade island air defenses in response to China

Japan's Ministry of Defense plans to upgrade the FPS-2 radar already in place on the island with a fixed warning and control radar that can interface with the Japan Aerospace Defense Ground Environment system.


Japan to keep ‘maximum pressure’ on North Korea ahead of summits

Japan is said to be feeling left out as the U.S. and South Korea push ahead with talks with the North Korean leader. Soon after the talks were announced, Trump spoke with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe by phone to arrange an in-person meeting before talking with Pyongyang.


Okinawa protest leader found guilty of anti-base demonstration offenses

Hiroji Yamashiro, 65, chairman of the Okinawa Peace Activity Center, was found guilty of all charges and sentenced Wednesday to two years in prison with hard labor at Naha District Court.


Japan seeks more details after Okinawa-based F-15 dropped antenna

Japanese officials want the U.S. military to provide information about an antenna that fell from an Okinawa-based fighter jet late last month.


Japan considers placing surface-to-ship missiles on mainland Okinawa, reports say

There have been calls in Tokyo to install the missiles in response to China’s navy transiting the 180-mile straight between Okinawa and Miyako in the East China Sea.


Ship that participated in Pearl Harbor attack found off Japanese coast

Discovery of the destroyer Isokaze was kept from the public until this month to distance the find from a highly publicized survey on the legendary World War II superbattleship Yamato, which was found nearby in the 1980s.


Japanese fishermen to seek compensation after F-16 ditches fuel tanks into lake

An F-16 Fighting Falcon assigned to Misawa Air Base’s 35th Fighter Wing dropped two external fuel tanks into Lake Ogawara after an engine caught fire shortly after takeoff on Tuesday morning. No one was injured in the incident, and the aircraft was able to return safely to the base.


Okinawan murder victim’s family to seek compensation from US government

The family of an Okinawan woman slain by a former U.S. base worker plans to seek reparations from the U.S. government because the convicted killer is unable to pay a court-ordered settlement.