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Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe listens as U.S. President Barack Obama speaks to the media in the Oval Office following a bilateral meeting between the two leaders, Friday, February 22, 2013.    (Pool photo by Kristoffer Tripplaar/Sipa Press via Abaca Press/MCT)

Japan COLAs dependent on yen fluctuations, July elections

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YOKOSUKA NAVAL BASE, Japan — After a year of precipitous drops in the value of the Japanese yen – and an accompanying decline in...

HACHIOJI, Japan – Staff Sgt. Michael Cruikshank, 374 Operation Support Squadron airfield manager, receives an award from the chief of Hachioji Fire Department, Toru Uchiyama, on June 6, 2013, at Hachioji Fire Department. Cruikshank used his Self Aid Buddy Care skills to save a critically injured hiker in Mt. Takao. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Soo C. Kim)

Yokota Airman applies SABC training to save hiker

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YOKOTA AIR BASE, Japan -- What was supposed to be a routine hike on Mt. Takao turned out to be a life-saving day for an Airman...

U.S. Forces, Japan and 5th Air Force Command Chief Master Sgt. James Laurent (center right), and his wife, Terri, have lunch with Airmen at the Samurai Café Dining Facility at Yokota Air Base, Japan, June 4, 2013. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Soo Kim)

Yokota welcomes new USFJ, 5th AF Command Chief

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YOKOTA AIR BASE, Japan -- Command Chief Master Sgt. James Laurent is no stranger to Airmen stationed in Japan. The former command...

Americana Band rocks Kanto bases

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Roger Sherrin, an Army Officer at Camp Zama, leads a band of amazing Japanese musicians playing Americana Roots-Rock, Blues, &...

PACIFIC OCEAN (June 23, 2013) Chief Aviation Boatswain's Mate (Handling) Jonard Sygaco, from Olongapo City, Republic of the Philippines, monitors the departure of an MH-60S Sea Hawk helicopter from the "Sea Knights" of Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron (HSC) 25 from the flight deck of the U.S. Navy's forward-deployed aircraft carrier USS George Washington (CVN 73). U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Ricardo R. Guzman

Allied Navies perform ASW Exercise during Pacific Bond 13

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USS GEORGE WASHINGTON, At Sea (NNS) -- Australia, Japan and U.S. Naval forces flexed the Anti-Submarine Warfare (ASW) aspects of...

U.S. Army Garrison Japan is awarded the silver Army Communities of Excellence award June 24 during a small ceremony. Debra D. Zedalis, IMCOM Pacific Regional director, and Command Sgt. Maj. Phillip D. Pandy, IMCOM Pacific Regional command sergeant major, presented the award to Col. Joy L. Curriera, the acting garrison commander, and Command Sgt. Maj. Katrina M. Najee, garrison command sergeant major. (U.S. Army photo by Kiyoshi Tokeshi)

US Army Garrison Japan presented Army Communities of Excellence silver award

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CAMP ZAMA, Japan (June 24, 2013) -- Installation Management Command Pacific Regional Director Debra D. Zedalis presented U.S. Army...

Yvonne Whittle, IronWorks Gym yoga instructor, performs an asana during her meditation yoga class during the Marine Corps Family Team Building “Taking Care of You” workshop at Yujo Hall at Marine Corps Air Station Iwakuni, Japan, June 12, 2013. (Photo by Lance Cpl. James R. Smith)

Yoga, learning to revitalize your mind, body, breath

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For those who thought yoga was all about bending and twisting one’s body in odd shapes, maybe it's time to rethink.

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U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Kenna Jackson

CE provides runway quick-fix

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MISAWA AIR BASE, Japan -- U.S. Air Force Airmen from the 35th Fighter Wing participated in a week-long Operational Readiness...

Bron is a prohibited substance for all service members and its use is punishable under the Uniform Code of MIlitary Justice. (Courtesy image)

Misawa Airman convicted of Bron use

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MISAWA AIR BASE, Japan  -- On May 24, Staff Sgt. Daniel P. Troy, 35th Maintenance Squadron, was found guilty in a Special Court...

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