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22 Hotels in 10 Days -- Amazing Asia

Bill Marriott | Posted 08.26.2012 | Business
Bill Marriott

I am just returning from an amazing visit to Asia. It all started in Japan, then on to Hong Kong, Shanghai, and finally Beijing. Asia is our main gr...

Growing Evidence of Agent Orange in Japan

Amy Chavez | Posted 08.27.2012 | World
Amy Chavez

Growing evidence indicates that during the U.S. occupation of Okinawa from 1945 to 1972, the U.S. violated a treaty to not store herbicides within Japan's political boundaries.

The Great "Pivot to Asia"

Eric Margolis | Posted 08.08.2012 | World
Eric Margolis

Just as the US sought to contain the Soviet Union during the Cold War by surrounding it with American allies and bases, so Washington plans to do with China.

U.S. To Remove 9,000 Marines Stationed On Okinawa

AP | ROBERT BURNS | Posted 06.26.2012 | World

WASHINGTON — About 9,000 U.S. Marines stationed on the Japanese island of Okinawa will be moved to the U.S. territory of Guam and other location...

Japanese Man Has Spent 20 Years On Remote Island Alone, Naked

Posted 08.28.2012 | Weird News

Some might say he's gone nuts. A 76-year-old man has decided to spend the latter part of his life in almost complete seclusion on the desert island...

Letter From Okinawa

John Feffer | Posted 04.15.2012 | World
John Feffer

There is perhaps more common ground between Okinawans and Marines than either Washington or Tokyo imagines.

Japan, U.S. Look For Compromise Over Controversial American Base

AP | ERIC TALMADGE | Posted 04.09.2012 | World

TOKYO — Japan and the United States agreed Wednesday to proceed with plans to transfer thousands of U.S. troops out of the southern Japanese isl...

Senators Have Ideas for Cutting the Military Budget

Robert Naiman | Posted 01.30.2012 | Politics
Robert Naiman

Here is a partial list of amendments of interest to those who wish to cut the military budget. The first two -- accelerated military withdrawal from Afghanistan and establishing a commission on the closing of foreign military bases -- are my personal favorites.

Hara Hachi Bu: Eat Until You Are 80% Full

Irene Rubaum-Keller | Posted 11.21.2011 | Healthy Living
Irene Rubaum-Keller

The Japanese practice something that makes such sense that I can't believe we don't start teaching this to our kids. It's called "hara hachi bu". It means, eat until you are 80 percent full.

Webb's Parting Shots on War

John Feffer | Posted 08.14.2011 | World
John Feffer

If President Obama manages to eke out a second term, perhaps Sen. Jim Webb could return as the head of the Pentagon to preside over the end of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars and a true dismantling of the military-industrial complex.

HuffPost Review: How to Live Forever

Marshall Fine | Posted 07.09.2011 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

The conundrum this documentary comes up against is, for every still-active 90-year-old Okinawan living on fish and seaweed, there's a 120-year-old French woman smoking Gauloises, drinking wine and eating chocolate.

Okinawans Continue to Resist in Takae

John Feffer | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
John Feffer

Some animals should be endangered. Consider the V-22 Osprey. Although canceling the program would save the U.S. over $10 billion, the Osprey avoided the budget axe in the latest round of cuts on Capitol Hill.

Too Many Openings, Too Little Time: This Artweek.LA (February 14-20)

Bill Bush | Posted 05.25.2011 | Arts
Bill Bush


Nadler, Polis Push Today to Cut Deficit by Trimming Empire

Robert Naiman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Robert Naiman

Amidst all the blather about "shared sacrifice," there is one other group of powerful people that are largely escaping budget pain, in the plans of leaders of both parties, besides the super-rich: the partisans of the Empire.

Anger Over U.S. Marine Base In Okinawa Continues

Stephen Nessen | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Stephen Nessen

In late November, on a deserted stretch of pristine beach at the southern tip of Okinawa, on Henoko island, half a dozen sun scorched protestors and t...

Koreans Edge Closer to Disaster

Eric Margolis | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Eric Margolis

Military forces in both Koreas, China's northeast, Japan, and Russia's Far East are on high alert; so are US forces in the region. But chances still are against full scale conflict, because both sides have so much to lose.

The Impact Today and Tomorrow of Chalmers Johnson

Steve Clemons | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Steve Clemons

Chalmers Johnson led the way in understanding the dynamics of how states manipulated their policy conditions and environments to speed up economic growth. Johnson passed away Saturday; He was 79.

The Architecture of Collective Intelligence: Blue Zones & Yoga Nutrition

Daniel Cook | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Daniel Cook

"Blue zones" describe a handful of longevity hotspots around the world, where people commonly live active and healthy lives past the age of 100.

Foreign Affairs Roundup

Christopher Herbert and Victoria Kataoka | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Christopher Herbert and Victoria Kataoka

This Week's Top Stories in Foreign Affairs: Financial Mishaps It was a week of tense financial news from Washington to Athens. In the American Capit...

Okinawa Base Issue: Full-Page Ad in Washington Post

John Feffer | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
John Feffer

Sponsors of the ad want to send a message to Obama that many Americans support Okinawan concerns about environmental and social consequences of U.S. military bases on the island.

100,000 Okinawans Can't Be Wrong

John Feffer | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
John Feffer

One place where the original spirit of Earth Day prevailed was Okinawa. This past Sunday, 10 percent of all Okinawans gathered to protest the building of another U.S. military base on their island.

Will Okinawa's Voice Be Heard in Washington?

Steve Clemons | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Steve Clemons

Many Japanese feel throttled by their American ally and feel that they have less and less choice in the security relationship -- constrained both by regional realities and an overlord that doesn't understand their problems.

Obama Did Not "Take Down" Hatoyama

Devin Stewart | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Devin Stewart

Wouldn't it be nice if Obama were able to take down leaders of countries just by being "icy" toward them? Imagine the power.

American Occupation Casts Long Shadows Over Okinawa

Michelle Chen | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Michelle Chen

This week, the Japanese Prime Minister Yukio Hatoyama announced his resignation, bringing to an end a short reign marred by public outrage over Okinawa.

Yukio Hatoyama, Japanese Prime Minister, Faces Mounting Calls To Step Down

AP | MARI YAMAGUCHI | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

TOKYO — Embattled Japanese Prime Minister Yukio Hatoyama said Wednesday he was resigning over his broken campaign promise to move a U.S. Marine ...