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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...

Navy jets train on Iwo Jima as Japan searches for better option

IWO JIMA, Japan — Japan is increasing its efforts to move critical flight training for U.S. Navy pilots off historic Iwo Jima — a relocation...

The Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS George H.W. Bush transits the Gulf of Aden on March 22, 2014. (DAVID GUERRA/U.S. NAVY)

Navy's top admiral: Reducing carrier fleet would burn out sailors, ships

WASHINGTON — Extending deployments to compensate for a smaller carrier fleet would result in burnout of ships and sailors, the Navy’s top officer...

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Bustling walkways no place for cyclists – or are they?

The subject of cycling on the sidewalk seems to spark outrage among the foreign community in Japan, yet for most Japanese people, this is an...

The U.S. Senate side of the Capitol. (STARS AND STRIPES)

Senate subcommittee backs lower pay raise for troops

WASHINGTON — The Senate is so far backing the Pentagon’s proposed 1 percent cap on troop pay raises as it drafts the country’s 2015 defense budget...

The privately owned vehicles of sailors assigned to the aircraft carrier USS Nimitz are parked aboard Nimitz in preparation for the ship's homeport change from Naval Base Coronado to Naval Base Kitsap at Bremerton, Wash., in Dec. 2010.   Thomas G. Siniff/U.S. Navy

Bill would allow GIs to keep car insurance while changing duty station

WASHINGTON — New auto insurance would be one less worry for servicemembers who transfer to new duty stations and are sent on temporary assignments...

  Eight members of the United States military became naturalized citizens aboard the USS Pinckney as part of San Francisco's annual Fleet Week celebration in October 2010.  Rachel Polish/Courtesy of the U.S. Coast Guard

Pentagon eyes specialized program to enlist undocumented immigrants

WASHINGTON — The Pentagon is reviewing a program that allows qualified noncitizens to enlist in the military, and officials say they’ll consider...

Embassy cautions US citizens after martial law imposed in Thailand

TOKYO — The State Department is advising caution for all U.S. citizens in Thailand, following the declaration of martial law throughout the...

National Defense Academy of Japan cadets eat lunch in the mess hall in Yokosuka, Kanagawa Prefecture, in April. While there is no plan to increase troop numbers, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe seeks a more proactive stance amid concerns over North Korea's nuclear capability and the ambitions of China, which has more than doubled military spending since 2006. (Yuriko Nakao/Bloomberg)

As territorial disputes rise, Japan's defense academy grows crowded

TOKYO — A 6 a.m. bugle call summons Mutsumi Iida, 22, to begin a day organized by the minute between study, sports and training until lights out...

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