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Thousands march on Henoko base site

Aug 23, 2014

Thousands march on Henoko base site

by Jon Mitchell

More than 3,500 demonstrators marched to U.S. Marine Corps Camp Schwab in Nago, Okinawa Prefecture, on Saturday in the largest show of anger to date against the new American base being built off Henoko Bay to replace Marine Corps Air Station Futenma in crowded ...

Aug 22, 2014

ASDF scrambles fighter jets against Russian bombers

The Japanese Air Self-Defense Force scrambled fighter jets after a pair of Russian Tupolev Tu-95 bombers were detected flying in a circuit around the Japanese archipelago Thursday, the Defense Ministry’s Joint Staff office said. The bombers did not violate Japanese airspace, and the announcement ...

U.N. sizes up Japan as peacekeeper

Aug 21, 2014

U.N. sizes up Japan as peacekeeper

by Seana K. Magee

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is forging ahead with a plan that could increase the deployment of the Self-Defense Forces overseas under new parameters, and the United Nations welcomes a national debate in Japan on the issue as it views the potential to improve peacekeeping ...