Marine in Japan sentenced for punching 76-year-old woman in face

A Japanese court on Friday sentenced a U.S. Marine to a suspended, two-year prison term for assaulting two Japanese people, one a 76-year-old woman, in November.

Stress levels rising among Navy’s sailors even as overall well-being ticks up, survey finds

The overall well-being of U.S. sailors has continued to slowly improve, but levels of severe and extreme stress plague a third of the service, according to the Navy’s 2023 Health of the Force Survey released Thursday.

Marine base in Japan adds water-rescue drone to fire department’s arsenal

Swimmers in trouble near Marine Corps Air Station Iwakuni in Japan may soon find EMILY coming to their rescue. EMILY is the Emergency Integrated Lifesaving Lanyard, a four-foot water-rescue drone that can be operated remotely.

Pop art, retro gaming merge at Coffee Zingaro in Tokyo’s Nakano Broadway

Coffee Zingaro is a small cafe with an artsy retro theme and tables that double as arcade machines.

Fujiten Snow Resort: So close to Tokyo with a slope for every skier and snowboarder

Fujiten, at the first station of Mount Fuji in Narusawa village, has multiple ski and snowboard slopes perfect for beginners and experts alike. And the view of the renowned mountain is picture-perfect.

Kim Jong Un’s powerful sister offers rare olive branch to Japan

The influential sister of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un offered a rare opening for Japan, saying she saw a positive tone in comments from Prime Minister Fumio Kishida, who is seeking a summit.

‘Profound bond’: Hundreds gather at Tokyo air base to remember fallen Osprey aircrew

More than 700 people gathered Thursday at this airlift hub for a memorial service and retreat ceremony honoring the crew of an Air Force CV-22B Osprey that crashed nearly three months ago in southern Japan, killing all aboard.

‘Consequential command’: Surface warfare officer takes over Navy’s largest overseas fleet

A veteran surface warfare officer took the helm of the U.S. 7th Fleet on Thursday amid a flurry of naval activity in the South China Sea and surrounding areas.

South Korean court convicts 3 ex-police officers in cover-up of deadly Halloween crowd crush

A South Korean court convicted three former police officers of destroying internal files and other evidence in an attempted cover-up after a Halloween crowd crush that killed nearly 160 people in the capital, Seoul, in 2022.

Marine tactical vehicle rollover on Okinawa occurs during hospital’s mass casualty drill

A Light Tactical Vehicle with eight to 10 Marines aboard rolled onto its side at the Jungle Warfare Training Center, prompting U.S. Naval Hospital Okinawa to issue a Facebook alert for a “real world mass casualty event” that overlapped with a planned exercise. Some of the Marines suffered various injuries, but none were considered life-threatening.

Pearl Harbor attack survivors, ages 99 and 102, die within weeks of each other

Sterling Cale, 102, died Jan. 20, and Edward Carroll, 99, died Feb. 13. The two were among the last remaining survivors of the 1941 surprise attack on Pearl Harbor.

Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders to deploy for short tour of Korean Peninsula

The Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders, continuing an NFL tradition 45 years old, will soon visit U.S. Army bases in South Korea to boost morale, give makeup tips and show support for troops serving overseas.

Kim watches missile tests and warns that North Korea will take an aggressive stance in disputed seas

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un supervised a test of new surface-to-sea missiles and warned that the country would take a more aggressive military posture in disputed seas, the North’s state media said.

Full cost of closing Hawaii’s Red Hill fuel facility remains unknown, watchdog says

The Defense Department has not adequately informed Congress of the anticipated costs of fully cleaning up the environment around the Red Hill underground fuel tanks in Hawaii after their closure, a government watchdog report said.

Sailors can finally put their hands in their pockets, as Navy unveils changes to uniform rules

The Navy has lifted its ban on sailors keeping their hands in their pockets along with other uniform changes announced Wednesday in an updated service policy.

Russian, North Korean hackers use AI to boost cyber operations

Nation-state hackers are using artificial intelligence to refine their cyberattacks, according to a report published by Microsoft Corp. on Wednesday.

Rebel offensive taking toll on Myanmar military’s cohesion, soldiers say

In interviews and in written testimonies, soldiers who surrendered or defected from the Myanmar military painted the image of an overstretched armed force in retreat.

Japanese prosecutors drop case against one Marine, refer another to family court

Japanese prosecutors have made their decisions in two unrelated criminal cases involving Marines from this base south of Hiroshima.

US envoy visits beach where Japanese school girl was abducted by North Korea

The U.S. special envoy for North Korean human rights issues pledged to help resolve the Japanese abduction issue during a visit to the beach where a 13-year-old girl went missing 47 years ago.