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S. Korea-based US airman returns Japanese flag taken as war trophy in Battle of Iwo Jima

The flag was delivered to the family of Masashi Ito, who was killed in the bloody Battle of Iwo Jima on March 17, 1945.

Japan plans to decommission its only tactical reconnaissance squadron

The Defense Ministry is planning to replace the Tactical Reconnaissance Group’s 40-year-old RF-4E Phantom II reconnaissance jets with state-of-the-art F-35A and F-35B Lightning IIs, a spokesman said.


US-Japan alliance ‘more important than ever,’ says Tokyo’s revised defense strategy

Strengthening the U.S.-Japan alliance is more important than ever for Japan’s national security as challenges with China, cybersecurity and elsewhere continue to evolve, according to new defense guidelines approved Tuesday by the Cabinet.


Popular tonkatsu chain Maisen serves up a Japanese classic in a family-friendly environment

Many foodies who visit Japan expect their meals to be filled with the likes of sushi and ramen, the most common forms of Japanese cuisine served abroad. But there’s a wide range of Japanese fare beyond these staples — and one of the most popular among locals is tonkatsu.


Five Marines are declared dead in crash off coast of Japan, search ends

The Marine Corps has ended an extensive search for five Marines missing after their KC-130J Hercules collided with an F/A-18 Hornet last week off Japan’s southern coast.


Marine released from hospital after deadly midair collision; search continues for five others

The search continued Monday for five Marines who went missing last week after their KC-130 Hercules collided midair with an F/A-18 Hornet.


Bombing suspect faces charges in 2015 attempt on Camp Zama near Tokyo

A Japanese man suspected of attempting a crude rocket attack on Camp Zama in April 2015 may face charges under Japan’s Explosives Control Act, Kyodo News reported Saturday.


Search continues for five Marines still missing after deadly midair collision near Japan

The downed planes, which launched from Marine Corps Air Station Iwakuni, were conducting “regularly scheduled training,” including aerial refueling, when the accident happening, a Marine Corps statement said.


One Marine dead, five missing after jet and tanker collide off Japanese coast

One Marine has died, one has been rescued and five are still missing after a collision between a fighter and a refueling plane off the coast of Japan, U.S. and Japanese officials said Thursday.


Japanese court says residents near Yokota AB should be compensated for aircraft noise

A Japanese court has awarded $842,000 to people living near the home of U.S. Forces Japan as compensation for aircraft noise, according to the leader of a residents group.


Japanese woman indicted in stabbing death of US airman in Tokyo

Aria Saito, a Tokyo resident, was charged Friday with murder and violation of the Swords and Firearms Control Law in the death of Air Force Master Sgt. Nicholas Vollweiler.