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An F/A-18E Super Hornet launches from the flight deck of the USS Ronald Reagan. Two Navy pilots are safe after ejecting from an F/A-18 Super Hornet that “experienced a mechanical issue” over the Philippine Sea on Monday morning, a Navy statement said. NATHAN BURKE/ U.S. NAVY PHOTO
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Navy crew ejects from jet experiencing ‘mechanical issue’ over Philippine Sea

News
November 12, 2018
Two Navy aviators are safe after ejecting from an F/A-18 Super Hornet that “experienced a mechanical issue” over the Philippine Sea on Monday morning, a Navy statement said.
Konpon Daito Pagoda, Koyasan (Photo by Sarah B. Hodge)

The wonders of Wakayama: Soul-searching in Japan’s sacred Kii Mountains

Travel
November 11, 2018
Wakayama’s rugged coastline and mountainous, heavily forested interior is home to some of Japan’s holiest shrines, temples and monasteries that date back over 1,200 years.
Nicholas Vollweiler, then an Air Force staff sergeant, works with a military working dog during controlled aggression training at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Hawaii, April 10, 2013. DIANA QUINLAN/U.S. NAVY PHOTO
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Air Force identifies Yokota airman stabbed to death in western Tokyo

News
November 11, 2018
YOKOTA AIR BASE, Japan — Air Force officials have identified an airman stabbed to death Friday outside the home of U.S. Forces Japan in western Tokyo.

A lesson on Japanese yen very valuable

News
November 11, 2018
If you are new to Japan or Okinawa, local currency, and the conversion between dollars and yen, may leave you annoyed at the cash register. “It’s 3,240 yen, sir.”When the cashier...
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