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Japan shows ‘understanding’ about summit, vows to keep pressure on N. Korea

Japanese officials promised to keep pressure on North Korea after President Donald Trump’s decision Thursday to cancel a historic summit with Kim Jong Un.

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Japanese defense minister expresses concern after Osprey crash report

Twenty-four MV-22B Ospreys fly out of Marine Corps Air Station Futenma, Okinawa, and five CV-22 Ospreys — part of a squadron that will grow to 10 aircraft — began operating out of Yokota Air Base in western Tokyo last month.


Philippines has ‘serious concerns’ about Beijing bombers in South China Sea

The Philippines has expressed “serious concerns” and vowed to take “appropriate diplomatic action” over Chinese long-range bombers operating in disputed parts of the South China Sea.


Soldiers tout Army’s athlete program ahead of Rugby World Cup tourney

Three members of the Army’s World Class Athlete Program hope to take the field at the Rugby World Cup Sevens in San Francisco this summer.


Philippines' iconic Jeepney vehicles are going electric

The days of the Philippines’ iconic Jeepney vehicles may be numbered — at least the version familiar to American servicemembers and veterans who’ve spent time in the islands.


Jet-setting WWII, Korean War veteran still traveling the world age 98

Seventy-five years after Anthony Grant set off on his first overseas trip — to fight in Europe during World War II — he’s still traveling the world courtesy of Uncle Sam.


US, Filipino troops storm beach during ramped-up Balikatan drills

About 8,000 American and Filipino troops are participating in the 34th iteration of the annual Balikatan exercise, which means “shoulder to shoulder” in Tagalog and runs through May 18 in the Philippines.


China will be strongest Asia-Pacific power by 2030, Australian study predicts

The Sydney-based Lowy Institute’s interactive Asia Power Index rates 25 countries in the region across eight categories, including military alliances and capability, economic resources, diplomatic and cultural influence, trade, resilience and future trends.


US, Philippines kick off largest multinational drills since Duterte took office

The United States and the Philippines have begun their largest multinational drills under President Rodrigo Duterte, who sought to scale down America’s military presence in his country after taking office in June 2016.


GAO report outlines plan to disperse F-35s if Pacific war breaks out

The Marines’ short-takeoff, vertical-landing variant of the joint strike fighter could be part of such a strategy. Last month, F-35Bs from Iwakuni’s Marine Fighter Attack Squadron 121 landed aboard the USS Wasp for the first time during the amphibious assault ship’s inaugural patrol of the Western Pacific.


Marines gear up to operate on Australia’s amphibious warships

The Marines’ annual six-month deployment to the Northern Territory includes nearly 1,600 Marines, eight MV-22 Osprey tilt-rotor aircraft and an artillery battery of six M777 Howitzers.


USNS Brunswick proves its worth during Pacific Partnership mission

Pacific Partnership is the Asia-Pacific’s largest humanitarian assistance and disaster-relief preparedness mission. During the mission, the Brunswick will visit Yap, Palau, Malaysia and Thailand.


Marine vet, 'Full Metal Jacket' actor R. Lee Ermey dies at 74

R. Lee Ermey, the Vietnam veteran famous for playing a hard-bitten Marine Corps drill instructor in the Academy Award-nominated film “Full Metal Jacket,” has died at age 74.


Marines to honor sailor who worked for decades to bring WWII remains back to US

The Marine Corps will present a flag Saturday to the family of a Navy landing craft commander who ferried troops to Tarawa and dedicated his final years to repatriating the remains of fallen comrades.


Air Force apologizes, resumes training after parachute mishap in Tokyo

Wind blew part of a parachute, which was cut away during a jump over Yokota Air Base, onto a tennis court at a junior high school in nearby Hamura City on April 10.


Vanuatu says China won’t build military base on Pacific island nation’s territory

The South Pacific island nation of Vanuatu is denying reports that it's talking with Beijing about building a Chinese military base on its territory. It’s been suggested that a Chinese base in the South Pacific could outflank U.S. forces on Guam and slow efforts to bring in reinforcements to fight off an invasion of Taiwan.


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Hundreds protest Yokota’s new Ospreys in western Tokyo

About 250 Japanese demonstrators sang, passed out leaflets and held up signs Friday to protest the arrival of CV-22 Ospreys a day earlier at the home of U.S. Forces Japan.


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Air Force Ospreys arrive at their new home in western Tokyo

A large crowd of photographers watched from the base perimeter as the Ospreys — capable of taking off like helicopters, then tilting their rotors to fly long distances as fixed-wing aircraft — touched down near parked C-130J cargo planes.


Ospreys to arrive at Yokota this week, 2 years ahead of schedule

The original plan for basing the Ospreys at Yokota would have added about 1,100 people to a population of 11,500. However, the squadron will initially bring only about 100 people, with that number growing as additional aircraft are deployed.


April Fools' Day pranks include ‘military working cats,’ Marine ‘drill sergeants’

Military April Fools' pranks are a time-honored tradition, with pranks recorded during WWI and WWII.


Some experts doubt new metal tariffs will boost national security

Vast quantities of the metals are used by the United States’ military industrial complex to construct everything from tanks to aircraft. The administration cited the need to protect that supply as a reason for imposing the tariffs.


Guam-based B-52 bombers to train Down Under

The B-52s from Andersen Air Force Base, Guam, will train with Australian F/A-18A Hornets, PC-9 aircraft and Joint Terminal Attack Controllers in military airspace near RAAF Williamtown.


Racial slurs on Air Force Facebook group spark investigation

The Air Force is investigating after a Ramstein, Germany-based public affairs airman repeatedly posted a racial slur to a Facebook group for personnel at the headquarters of U.S. Forces Japan.


More Marines heading Down Under this year for annual Darwin deployment

Since 2012, the Marines’ annual rotation of forces to Australia’s Northern Territory has increased in size and complexity, enhancing the capability of Australian and U.S. forces to work together.


Ex-Misawa jiujitsu instructor faces attempted manslaughter charge after on-base fight

The Air Force barred Rodrigo Pineda Gomez, the husband of a Misawa-based officer, from all U.S. military installations in Japan and Korea after the fight, finding that his alleged actions posed a threat to the safety and wellbeing of others.


Hundreds of lewd photos of female servicemembers discovered in Dropbox folder

Pentagon officials have launched a new investigation into allegations files containing hundreds of lewd photographs of servicewomen have been recently shared on the internet, just about one year after a nude photo-sharing scandal rocked the Marine Corps and the Defense Department.


Submarine could be next Navy vessel to visit Vietnam

A submarine could be the next Navy vessel to visit Vietnam if the 7th Fleet’s commander gets his way.


Chinese meddling vastly greater threat than Russian interference, author says

“Silent Invasion: How China Is Turning Australia into a Puppet State” alleges a campaign of espionage and influence by China that is attempting to undermine the U.S.-Australian alliance.


USFJ apologizes after another helo flies over Japanese school

A helicopter overflew Futenma Daini Elementary School, which sits along Marine Corps Air Station Futenma’s northern fence line, at about 3:30 p.m. Friday, according to a USFJ statement released over the weekend.


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Marines acquire hundreds of quadcopter drones for infantry squads

Eight hundred quadcopter drones will soon hover over Marine Corps infantry squads, giving them new high-tech tools to survey the battlefield.


Okinawans take concerns over falling aircraft parts to Tokyo

Last month, Defense Secretary Jim Mattis apologized to his Japanese counterpart for a string of recent aircraft mishaps, including the emergency landings of Okinawa-based Marine Corps helicopters. He also vowed to address the “important” issue of aircraft safety.