Dec 8, 2016

Pilot of crashed U.S. fighter jet retrieved off Japan

A Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force rescue boat on Thursday retrieved the pilot of a U.S. Marine Corps F/A-18 that crashed into the Pacific off western Japan the previous day, according to the Defense Ministry. The condition of the pilot, who is set to be ...

Aug 23, 2016

U.S. to deploy F-35 fighters in western Japan next year

The central government has informed the city of Iwakuni, Yamaguchi Prefecture that 16 F-35 fighters will be deployed at the U.S. military base in the first half of next year. It will reportedly be the first overseas deployment of the F-35. High-ranking officials from ...

Jan 25, 2016

Iwakuni mayor re-elected, beating U.S. base foe

Yoshihiko Fukuda has won a third term as mayor of Iwakuni, Yamaguchi Prefecture, beating a challenger who opposed plans to boost operations at a U.S. military base in the area. Fukuda, 45, won after a low-key debate on the planned transfer of 59 fighter ...

Ospreys fly to Atsugi base again en route to training

Aug 19, 2014

Ospreys fly to Atsugi base again en route to training

Four MV-22 Osprey aircraft flew on Monday to the Atsugi air base, which is jointly used by the U.S. Navy and the Maritime Self-Defense Force, in Kanagawa Prefecture for the third time amid local protests. The tilt-rotor transport aircraft will conduct landing and takeoff ...