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Cmdr. Axel Steiner of Aegis Ashore Missile Defense System Romania gives a tour to members from the Japanese Diet, July 31, 2018.  JEREMY STARR/U.S. NAVY PHOTO
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Japan could use Aegis Ashore system to shoot down Guam-bound missiles, official says

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September 21, 2018
TOKYO — Japan will legally be able to use planned Aegis Ashore systems to intercept North Korean missiles launched toward Guam, a top government official said this week.
Department of Defense DNA Operations Director Timothy McMahon swabs the inside cheeks of Larry McDaniel, the son of Army Master Sgt. Charles H. McDaniel, who was listed as missing in action during the Korean War in 1950. President Donald Trump announced Thursday, Sept. 20, 2018, that the remains of Master Sgt. McDaniel and a private first class from North Carolina were included in the 55 cases of remains of missing Korean War veterans turned over in July by North Korea.  CARLOS BONGIOANNI/STARS AND STRIPES
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Trump identifies first two US soldiers from Korean War remains

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September 21, 2018
WASHINGTON — The remains of an Army master sergeant from Indiana and a private first class from North Carolina were included in the 55 cases of remains of missing Korean War...
Kenneth Franklin Gadson was given life in prison for the slaying of 20-year-old Okinawan office worker Rina Shimabukuro, Dec. 1, 2017. COURTESY OF KENNETH GADSON
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Appeal denied for ex-base worker convicted of Okinawan woman's slaying

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September 21, 2018
NAHA CITY, Okinawa — A panel of Japanese judges has upheld the 2017 murder conviction of a former U.S. base worker sentenced to life imprisonment for the brutal killing of a 20-...
U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Stephen Campbell

Local leadership walk to show unity in Iwakuni

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September 21, 2018
IWAKUNI City, Japan -- Marine Corps Air Station Iwakuni (MCAS) and Iwakuni City leadership participated in the ninth Joint Leadership Walk in Iwakuni City, Japan, Sept. 19, 2018.
Children participate in the "Piglet Parade" on Nov. 3, 2017, during the Japan Bacon Festival in Kofu, Japan.  COURTESY OF BLUE RIBBON BACON FESTIVAL
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Yamanashi Prefecture to go whole hog at second annual Japan Bacon Festival

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September 21, 2018
Japan is a nation famous for its festival traditions.
Marine Private 1st Class Timothy Irvin, 23, of Hattiesburg, Miss., has been charged in the suffocation death of his wife, Necii Irvin, while stationed on Okinawa in 2015.  SCREENSHOT FROM FACEBOOK
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Florida-based Marine charged in wife’s 2015 death on Okinawa faces courts-martial

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September 21, 2018
CAMP FOSTER, Okinawa — A Florida-based Marine will soon be heading to courts-martial in the 2015 suffocation death of his wife while stationed on Okinawa and in the assault of a...