A U.S. Marine Corps F/A-18 Hornet flies near Okinawa, Japan, after receiving fuel from a U.S. Air Force 909th Air Refueling Squadron KC-135 Stratotanker on Jan. 23, 2015. The Marine Corps reported on Wednesday, Dec. 7, 2016, that a pilot ejected from an F/A-18 approximately 120 miles southeast of Iwakuni, Japan.  Maeson L. Elleman/U.S. Air Force
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F/A-18C jet crashes off Japan, efforts to recover pilot underway

December 08, 2016
WASHINGTON — A Marine Corps F/A-18C Hornet fighter jet crashed Wednesday off the coast of Japan, the service said in a statement.
A construction crew recently uncovered a suspected World War II-era bunker while installing a fire hydrant behind Stars and Stripes' office building at Hardy Barracks, a small Army base in central Tokyo. Tokyo officials have decided not to investigate or preserve it.  U.S. Army photo
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Suspected WWII-era bunker uncovered at Hardy Barracks in central Tokyo

December 05, 2016
HARDY BARRACKS, Japan — Officials have decided not to preserve or even explore a suspected World War II-era air-raid shelter discovered recently at a small Army installation in...
Photos posted last week to an Okinawa Facebook group popular with servicemembers show a rodent perched atop a soda display at the Kadena Air Base commissary. (Courtesy of Facebook)
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Rodents at Kadena commissary part of larger infestation, DeCA official says

December 07, 2016
CAMP FOSTER, Okinawa – Kadena Air Base’s commissary is using traps, inspections and preventative measures to combat a rodent problem, Defense Commissary Agency officials said...
Backcountry skiers pause on a ridge above Akakura Onsen resort near Myoko, Japan, where a coating of fresh snow adds a haunting element to the buna trees. Many of Japan's resorts offer easy access to the backcountry from the top of their lifts.

Skiers find deep powder and hot onsens in Japan's backcountry

December 03, 2016
If you want deep powder without lift lines for $40 a day, the best sushi and ramen in the world in intimate restaurants and a naked soak in a 105-degree spring with a view of the...
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