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World Cup fever

While the Japan Football Association (JFA) struggled for decades to become competitive, playing mostly against Southeast Asian countries and clubs...

A deep-water drilling rig developed in China lies 200 miles southeast of Hong Kong in the South China Sea on May 7, 2012. Vietnam warned China on May 6, 2014, that it would take all necessary measures to defend its interests in the South China Sea if Beijing does not remove the large oil rig from waters claimed by both countries. (JIN LIANGKUAI, XINHUA/AP)

US, China roles in Asia-Pacific security to top multinational summit

TOKYO — Over the past week, a Vietnamese ship sank, Chinese fighter planes buzzed their Japanese counterparts and Thailand staged a military coup...

Board game offers more than family fun

Hello Military community,

There’s no job more challenging than being a parent these days: Two career homes, single parenthood, foster or...

Soldiers participate in uniform field testing at Fort Bliss Training Center on Sept. 21, 2012. The soldiers tested multiple uniforms for their thermal reflection during both the day and night. The Army has chosen a new camouflage pattern called "Scorpion" for its combat uniform, according to news reports on May 27, 2014. (ANDREW PORCH/U.S. ARMY)

Reports: Army selects new camouflage uniform pattern

WASHINGTON — The Army has chosen the new camouflage pattern for its combat uniform, according to news reports.

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Obama: U.S. to keep nearly 10,000 troops in Afghanistan in 2015

WASHINGTON, May 27, 2014 – President Barack Obama today announced the United States plans to keep nearly 10,000 American troops in Afghanistan...

How to cook and dress the perfect dog

Whatever brand of hot dogs you choose, be careful not to condemn them to death by boiling. I know you’ve seen it – the poor dog boiled until the...

Chief of Naval Personnel Vice Adm. Bill Moran addresses sailors on May 21, 2014, in Okinawa. Moran is on a tour of Japan to hear sailors' concerns and to discuss everything from retention and advancement to benefits. (MATTHEW M. BURKE/STARS AND STRIPES)

Navy's personnel chief addresses promotion issues for sailors

CAMP FOSTER, Okinawa — Changes to the promotion system were necessary to ensure the Navy was taking care of its top sailors, Chief of Naval...

A C-12 aircraft is seen flying over Kadena Air Base, Okinawa, Japan, in this undated U.S. Navy file photo. (NAVAL AIR SYSTEMS COMMAND)

Misawa-bound C-12 makes emergency landing

YOKOTA AIR BASE, Japan — A U.S. C-12 logistics support aircraft made an emergency landing at Fukushima Airport at about 7 p.m. Thursday night....

Nago Mayor Susumu Inamine talks with reporters in Tokyo on Feb. 13, 2014. Inamine, who is steadfastly opposed to building a replacement facility for Marine Corps Air Station Futenma in his city, won re-election in January despite opposition from Japan's ruling party. Inamine's opposition could complicate efforts by both the United States and Japan to move the controversial helicopter base. (ERIK SLAVIN/STARS AND STRIPES)

Okinawa mayor invokes red tape, manatee deaths to stop US base

WASHINGTON — Susumu Inamine, the mayor of Nago on Okinawa island, acknowledges he's failed so far to persuade the Japanese and U.S. governments to...

Marine Corps Commandant Gen. James F. Amos. (USMC FILE PHOTO)

Marine's sex-assault conviction overturned after ruling on commandant's talk

WASHINGTON — The Marine Corps commandant’s uncompromising talk against sexual assault looked like unlawful command influence, a military appeals...

The Armed Forces Recruiting Station in New York City's Times Square. (DAN DESMET/U.S. ARMY)

House passes new mental health screening for recruits

WASHINGTON — New mental health screening that supporters say could help stem the high rate of military suicides or even stop shooting rampages...

Lockers line a hallway in a Department of Defense school at Kadena Air Base, Okinawa. (KADENA AIR BASE)

Another sexual assault reported at Kadena

CAMP FOSTER, Okinawa — For the second time in as many weeks, an alleged sexual assault has come to light involving high school students on Kadena...

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