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Japanese police hunt assault suspect who fled in ‘Y’ plate car near Misawa Air Base

The suspect, described as being in his 20s or 30s, allegedly punched the victim in the head before leaving the scene in a vehicle with a type of license plate issued to American military personnel in Japan.

Japan outlaws flying drone aircraft while under the influence of alcohol

The new rules don’t directly affect American personnel operating drones on military bases, Japanese officials said — but Federal Aviation Administration rules also ban drinking and droning flights over military installations.


New Misawa Queen looks forward to serving as ambassador for US air base in Japan

Airman 1st Class Brooklyn Shedd will represent Misawa Air Base, attending nine festivals with two Japanese beauty queens and joining a sports team.


Japanese helicopter breaks in half after forced landing at base in western Tokyo

The Japan Ground Self-Defense Force UH-1 Iroquois was heavily damaged during landing practice Friday at Camp Tachikawa, located near Yokota Air Base.


Reports: Marine under investigation after drunken car theft, crash near Iwakuni

The unnamed gunnery sergeant stole the vehicle from a convenience store parking lot in Iwakuni city after the driver, who works on base, left her keys in the ignition.


Japan says F-35A pilot was likely disoriented before fatal crash in April

The pilot of a Japan Air Self-Defense Force plane that plunged into the Pacific Ocean probably experienced spatial disorientation, the JASDF said.


Carrier air wing brought predicted level of increased noise to MCAS Iwakuni, officials say

Complaints by residents around the base also increased, according to a letter delivered Thursday to the Japan Ministry of Defense, specifically on days before and after field carrier landing practice.


Japanese residents awarded $7 million over military aircraft noise at Yokota

A Japanese high court on Thursday awarded more than $7 million to people living near Yokota Air Base in western Tokyo as compensation for aircraft noise but rejected their demand to restrict flight operations at the base.


Japan takes ownership of first E-2D Advanced Hawkeye at Misawa

Japan’s first E-2D Advanced Hawkeye early-warning and control aircraft arrived at Misawa Air Base in late March, according to a spokesman for the Japan Air Self-Defense Force.


Marine accused of punching Tokyo taxi driver, assaulting woman after not paying fare

Lance Cpl. Kahsai Hill, 21, was taken into custody Saturday by Tokyo Metropolitan Police on suspicion of robbery resulting in bodily injury after he allegedly punched a taxi driver in the face after not paying his approximately $7.40 fare, according to Kyodo News agency.


US sailor found dead at public park near Sasebo Naval Base

The body of the sailor, identified only as a male, was found by local police and Navy security personnel just before midnight Thursday in a park in Sasebo’s Hirase area.