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US Marine chopper reportedly drops object on Okinawa nursery during flyover

Published time: 7 Dec, 2017 11:23 The staff of a nursery school located 300 meters from a US base in Okinawa has found an object, which apparently fell on the roof from a US helicopter. Some 50 children were playing in the grounds at the time of the flyover. The object was discovered on the roof of the Midorigaoka nursery ...

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F-35 fail: US fighter jet loses panel during 'routine training mission' in Okinawa

The US Air Force has encountered yet another issue with its aircraft in Okinawa, after an F-35 jet lost a panel during a “routine training mission.” It comes just months after several US aircraft were forced to make emergency landings on the same day. The F-35A Lightning II lost a two-foot-wide (0.6-meter) panel during the routine mission last week, the ...

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Okinawa governor demands US military presence pact amendments for the sake of 'shocked' locals

Published time: 4 Dec, 2017 03:31 The governor of Okinawa is urging Tokyo to amend the pact on the status of the US troops in Japan to combat the “significant anxiety” the locals are enduring because of the rowdy Americans’ presence. The governor of the southern prefecture, Takeshi Onaga, demanded that the central government makes “drastic” and “fundamental” changes in ...

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Retired US Marine sentenced to life in Japan for rape-murder of Okinawa woman

Published time: 1 Dec, 2017 09:42 A former US Marine has been sentenced to life in prison by a Japanese court. The 33-year-old, who was a civilian worker at a US base in Okinawa, raped and murdered a 20-year-old Japanese woman last year. Kenneth Franklin Shinzato pled guilty before the Naha District Court to the sex crime, but rejected the ...

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US Navy aircraft with 11 on board crashes into ocean southeast of Okinawa

Published time: 22 Nov, 2017 07:48 Edited time: 22 Nov, 2017 07:56 A US Navy aircraft has crashed into the Philippine Sea with 11 crew and passengers on board. In a statement, the US 7th Fleet commander says a search operation is underway involving the USS Ronald Reagan. It is understood the aircraft went down southeast of Okinawa at approximately ...

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US military vehicles & homes vandalized after ‘drunk’ marine blamed for fatal Okinawa car crash

Dozens of vehicles and apartment buildings affiliated with the US military in Japan were vandalized in Okinawa, shortly after a local man was killed in car crash blamed by authorities on a drunken American marine. A total of 29 civilian vehicles owned by US personnel in Japan were covered with paint early on Monday in the towns of Ginowan and ...

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US military again bans alcohol, restricts personnel to base after fatal Okinawa drink-drive crash

All members of the US military based in Okinawa have been restricted to their base and residences and banned from drinking alcohol, the US 7th Fleet has announced. It comes after a drunk marine reportedly caused a fatal crash over the weekend. “The new restrictions follow an accident Sunday morning in Naha. . . . Alcohol may have been a ...

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US military truck crash kills elderly civilian in Okinawa, Japan

Published time: 19 Nov, 2017 07:18 Edited time: 19 Nov, 2017 07:31 A US military truck collided with a light vehicle in Okinawa, Japan, killing an elderly civilian, local media reports. The driver, allegedly a member of the US Marine Corps, was drunk at the moment of the crash and is being questioned. READ MORE: Japan may deploy new Marines force ...

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