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U.S. Should Close Bases on Okinawa: Bring Troops Home and Let Japanese Defend Japan

Doug Bandow | Posted 12.27.2014 | World
Doug Bandow

The U.S. is over-burdened militarily and effectively bankrupt financially, but Washington is determined to preserve every base and deployment, no matter how archaic -- such as the many military facilities in Okinawa.

Japan's Must-See World Heritage Sites

Amy Chavez | Posted 12.18.2014 | Travel
Amy Chavez

Although I have been to many of the World Heritage Sites myself, to learn the details on absolutely all of them I turned to the book Japan's World Heritage Sites: Unique Culture, Unique Nature by John Dougill.

Asia Smiles for the Cameras

John Feffer | Posted 11.20.2014 | World
John Feffer

Washington needs to recognize that its Pacific pivot is adding insecurity to the region, not stability. With its arms sales and encouragement of ally assertiveness, the United States is bringing peace to the region just like the Colt .45 "Peacemaker" brought peace to the Wild West.

Typhoon Washes 3 U.S. Airmen Out To Sea

AP | MARI YAMAGUCHI and GRACE GARCES BORDALLO | Posted 12.05.2014 | Green

TOKYO (AP) — A powerful typhoon that washed three American airmen in Okinawa out to sea, killing at least one, slammed central Japan on Monday, stal...

Not Just an Island, But a Bridge: Japan's Thorny South Becomes Its Greatest Global Asset

Joshua W. Walker | Posted 11.30.2014 | World
Joshua W. Walker

As China becomes increasingly more aggressive to U.S. allies in the region, America's significant presence in Okinawa has never been more necessary. But the devil remains in the details of how 33 military bases across the island can be most efficiently dispersed and leveraged.

Navy Entertainment and Major League Eating Continued: Okinawa Is Filled with Marines and One Amazing Female Competitive Eater

Crazy Legs Conti | Posted 10.18.2014 | Weird News
Crazy Legs Conti

The history of the female gurgitator is a short one. From Japan, Takako Akasaka once ate 90 ostrich egg omelets. Known as "The Sweet Queen," in 2000 she decimated New York city pastry shops and ate a then-record 22 Nathan's hot dogs in 12 minutes.

Q&A With Sarah Bird About Her Novel 'Above the East China Sea'

Mary Pauline Lowry | Posted 08.19.2014 | Books
Mary Pauline Lowry

The Washington Times calls Above the East China Sea an "extraordinary effort of the imagination and a major display of literary talent -- an absolutely don't-miss novel that should become a classic contribution to the fiction of our era."

Pretty in Pink: It's Cherry Blossom Time in Japan

Gail Nakada | Posted 05.17.2014 | Travel
Gail Nakada

Japan's most iconic season is almost here. Cherry blossom time. Clouds of pink petals cover the nation as the flower front moves slowly north. Every village, town and city lets business-as-usual slide to indulge in days of hanami, flower viewing parties.

Japan's Resurgent Nationalism

John Feffer | Posted 03.18.2014 | World
John Feffer

Just in case anyone was in doubt of his intentions, Shinzo Abe made a high-profile visit to Yasukuni Shrine in December, the first time for a Japanese prime minister in seven years. The real reason for Abe's visit, which elicited predictable outrage from Korea and China, was that he felt that he could get away with it.

Back to Basics

Michele Redmon | Posted 03.17.2014 | Healthy Living
Michele Redmon

If you like Shakeology then by all means carry on. However, maybe instead of another quick fix, super shake, cleanse or gimmick it's time to get back to basics.

Seeking Longevity? Eat Real Food

Andy Bellatti | Posted 11.11.2013 | Healthy Living
Andy Bellatti

While these healthful groups of people may appear to have widely different diets, there is one common thread: Their intake of processed foods, added sugars, trans fats, and artificial ingredients is minimal, if at all existent.

U.S. Military Helicopter Crashes In Okinawa

AP | MARI YAMAGUCHI | Posted 10.05.2013 | World

TOKYO — A U.S. military helicopter crashed Monday at an American base on the southern island of Okinawa, and all four crew members are believed ...

Okinawa Women Want Apology From Osaka Mayor

Agence France Presse | Harumi Ozawa | Posted 07.15.2013 | World

Women on Japan's island chain of Okinawa on Wednesday demanded an apology from an outspoken Japanese politician who suggested US troops there make use...

Cherry Blossoms: History Behind the Bloom

Katherine LaGrave | Posted 06.16.2013 | Travel
Katherine LaGrave

It cannot be overstated that in Japan, the sakura is serious business. But why are the blossoms so significant? Here's hoping you get out and enjoy them this spring -- perhaps, even, with a little more history than before.

U.S. To Return Okinawa Land To Japan

AP | Posted 04.05.2013 | World

TOKYO -- Japan and the U.S. said Friday that they have agreed on plans for returning to Japan land near Kadena Air Base on the southern island of Okin...

2 U.S. Sailors Convicted Of Rape In Okinawa

AP | ERIC TALMADGE | Posted 05.01.2013 | World

TOKYO — Two U.S. Navy sailors were convicted and sentenced to prison on Friday for raping and robbing a woman on Okinawa in a crime that outrage...

U.S. Sailors Admit To Raping Japanese Woman In Okinawa

Agence France Presse | | Posted 04.28.2013 | World

Two US sailors Tuesday admitted raping a Japanese woman in Okinawa last October, news reports said, in a case that generated huge anti-American anger ...

Another U.S. Marine Arrested In Okinawa

AP | Posted 12.28.2012 | World

TOKYO -- A U.S. Marine was arrested Friday on trespassing charges in Japan's southwestern island of Okinawa, where public outrage is growing against t...

Another Incident With U.S. Troops In Japan

AP | ERIC TALMADGE | Posted 11.02.2012 | World

TOKYO -- A U.S. airman is suspected of assaulting a young boy Friday on the southern Japanese island of Okinawa, authorities said. The incident comes ...

GIs Welcome, Or Welcome to Leave?

Frank Jannuzi | Posted 12.25.2012 | World
Frank Jannuzi

What Senators Biden and McCain understood in 1995 is still true today: the overall effectiveness of U.S. troops depends not only on their skill at arms, but also upon their sense of honor and their respect for human rights.

Japan Disturbed By U.S. Servicemen Rape Allegations In Okinawa

AP | ERIC TALMADGE | Posted 12.17.2012 | World

TOKYO — Japan's defense minister said he was deeply concerned by allegations that two American military servicemen had raped a woman on the isla...

U.S. Servicemen Arrested For Allegedly Raping Japanese Woman

Reuters | Posted 12.16.2012 | World

TOKYO, Oct 17 (Reuters) - Two U.S. servicemen were arrested in Japan's southern island of Okinawa on suspicion of raping a Japanese woman, police sa...

U.S. Ospreys Fly To Japan Despite Protests

AP | MALCOLM FOSTER | Posted 10.01.2012 | World

TOKYO -- Six Osprey hybrid aircraft were transferred to a U.S. base on the southern Japanese island of Okinawa on Monday – and were greeted by h...

U.S. Marines Test MV-22 Osprey In Japan After Safety Concerns

AP | Posted 03.27.2013 | World

TOKYO -- The U.S. Marines conducted their first test flights of the MV-22 Osprey aircraft in Japan on Friday after months of protests over safety conc...

The Luck in Longevity

Faaria Volinski | Posted 09.16.2012 | Home
Faaria Volinski

In Okinawa specifically, longevity could be attributed not only to healthy lifestyles, but also to luck. Today's generation of Okinawan centenarians started life off on the right foot with a vegetable-heavy diet and strong social networks, but these could only take them so far.