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Yamanashi Prefecture to go whole hog at second annual Japan Bacon Festival

Japan is a nation famous for its festival traditions. The celebrations — which can range from the rowdy and rambunctious, to the spiritual and serene — often date back hundreds of years, and many are steeped in ancient Japanese history and folklore. But a festival taking place next weekend in Japan’s Yamanashi prefecture is based on something a bit more contemporary: A love of all things bacon.


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Okinawa-based Marines’ ‘USA’ dance video goes viral in Japan

A video of Marines dancing to a Japanese pop hit is a viral internet sensation with millions of views and hundreds of thousands of likes and retweets.


Guam-based sailor decorated for trying to save pedestrian hit by car

A sailor has been awarded the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal for his actions after a fatal car crash last month on Guam.


US, allies kick off air warfare drills Down Under

Air Force and Marine Corps aviators, along with participants from 16 nations, are engaging in simulated combat above Australia’s Northern Territory during Exercise Pitch Black, which began Friday.


‘Zombie Airman’ is vet’s latest work of military science fiction

A former master sergeant who retired in 2003 after 21 years managing life-support equipment on almost every plane in the Air Force, David Guenther says he has spun yarns for his own amusement for years.


Former basketball star takes command of Yokota’s 374th Airlift Wing

The Air Force’s largest transport hub in the Far East has a new leader and he happens to be the second-highest scorer in Air Force Academy basketball history.


Mackay Trophy winner takes command at Misawa Air Base, Japan

Col. Kristopher Struve became the wing’s 66th commander Monday when he accepted the unit colors from Col. Scott Jobe. Struve won the prestigious Mackay Trophy for the “most meritorious flight” of 2007.


Marine veteran’s meal-replacement bars take aim at MREs

A health-conscious Marine veteran has channeled a longtime dissatisfaction with MREs into a full-time job making meal-replacement bars.


Air Force fighters escape Typhoon Maria's path, draw a crowd in Tokyo

Military aircraft enthusiasts in Tokyo got a surprise treat over the weekend with the arrival of some of America’s most powerful and stealthiest jet fighters at the headquarters of U.S. Forces Japan.


Airman praised after parking in wing commander’s space at E-Club

When Col. Kenneth Moss, commander of the 374th Airlift Wing, arrived at Yokota’s Enlisted Club for a morning meeting last Thursday and discovered a car parked in his reserved space, it seemed like an airman was about to have a very bad day.


Misawa’s Noresore Shokudo offers diners an immersive exploration of Aomori’s vibrant culture

Noresore Shokudo allows diners to choose from nearly 80 different dishes in a casual setting designed to resemble an old-fashioned farm kitchen. The cuisine is meant to evoke “Kaccha no Bangenmanma” — or “mother’s cooking.”


Servicemembers, vets win regional Emmys

The military men and women received coveted Emmy awards at events to honor achievements in news, sports, and documentary filmmaking.


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Coast Guardsmen patrol high seas near Japan for illegal fishing

The U.S. Coast Guard recently deployed from Alaska to northeast Japan as part of a multinational effort to help curb illegal fishing.


Famed California chain Fatburger makes its king-sized debut in Tokyo

Tokyo recently welcomed the arrival of Fatburger — a Southern California-based fast food chain famous for its vast selection of hamburgers, served up in a variety of combinations with multiple patties and a variety of classic burger toppings.


Cadet who made West Point history is among ‘College Women of the Year’

Simone Askew, the first black woman to lead the U.S. Military Academy’s Corps of Cadets, was recently named among Glamour magazine’s “2018 College Women of the Year.”


Music lovers at Yokota Air Base need not travel far for live jam sessions

Residents at Yokota Air Base in western Tokyo can enjoy live music without having to hop on a train into the city. In fact, they barely need to leave the base at all.