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Bike trail near western Tokyo more about journey than destination

If you’re looking for a place to pedal or jog to your heart’s content, a place free of traffic lights and mobs of pedestrians, with more excitement than Tama River’s flat trail, a bike path near Yokota Air Base in western Tokyo might be just that place.


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Yokota High students explore Asian, Pacific cultures

Students at Yokota High School learned about Asian and Pacific cultures from local volunteers Thursday during the school’s annual Asia-Pacific Day.


Commissaries to soon start selling beer, wine, DOD memo says

To minimize impact on exchange profits, the commissary will purchase alcohol for resale from the exchange in the same way that tobacco products are sold.


Okinawa unit renames its headquarters after Medal of Honor recipient

The building, now named Hauge Hall, pays tribute to a Medal of Honor recipient who fought and died on the island during one of the bloodiest battles of World War II.


Australian army chief orders ban on so-called ‘death symbols’

The U.S. military doesn’t appear to be following Australia’s lead in banning so-called “death symbols” such as the Jolly Roger, the Punisher, the Phantom, Spartans and the Grim Reaper.


Chaco’s Fussa Steakhouse tasty, convenient to Yokota

You don’t have to go far from the headquarters of U.S. Forces Japan in western Tokyo to get a decent steak. Chaco’s Fussa Steakhouse, right across the road from Yokota Air Base’s main gate, offers a variety of steak cuts at affordable prices.


United will fly Guam-based troops’ pets despite suspension

The exception also applies to Department of Defense civilians but doesn’t include military contractors working on the island, United PetSafe staff said.


USS Little Rock departs Montreal after trapped by ice for 3 months

The Navy's newest Freedom-class littoral combat ship would have arrived in Northeast Florida in January if it weren't for colder-than-normal temperatures that caused the ship to be stuck in ice near Montreal since late in December.


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Coast Guardsman faces $31K price tag for shipping dog home from Japan

The plus-sized pooch — named George Jefferson — travels in a carrier that weighs an additional 100 pounds to his 221-pound frame. After United Airlines’ recent decision to suspend its pet travel program, George's owner is left with few choices to bring her furry friend home.


Take the plunge on Tokyo Dome City’s Thunder Dolphin coaster

Never underestimate the Thunder Dolphin. It's named for a friendly sea mammal, but a ride on this roller coaster at the Tokyo Dome City theme park will set your heart racing.


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Cherry blossoms in full bloom at Yokota in western Tokyo

Cherry blossom trees at the home of U.S. Forces Japan in western Tokyo have erupted in pinkish-white flowers, giving the base a brilliant splash of color during the first week of spring.


Fishing vessel exposed to hydrogen bomb test can be seen in Tokyo park

An old wooden fishing boat displayed in an odd-looking building at Tokyo’s Yumenoshima Park survived a nuclear explosion and helped inspire the Godzilla film series.


Soldier’s mother found after wandering 'lost in the train stations' for 2 days

The search was called off after the military mom arrived at Misawa Air Base and saw her picture posted at the front gate with a be-on-the-lookout notice.


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Students at overseas military bases protest school shootings with walkouts

At bases from Japan to Germany, students joined a national gun violence protest, walking out of class Wednesday in memory of peers and teachers killed in a Florida school shooting last month.


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Air Force shows off new Super Herc cargo planes in Japan

The new C-130J Super Hercules cargo planes have powerful engines and high-tech computer systems that give it more range and capability than the older models.


Okinawa-based Marines won’t serve time after using fake credit card at Tokyo department store

Tokyo District Court judges gave three Marines suspended sentences after one Marine stole credit card information from another servicemember on Okinawa and sent it to two others, who created a fake credit card and went shopping.