Dec 25, 2014

Nye suggests rotating U.S. forces in Japan around SDF bases

U.S. military units should rotate around and jointly use Self-Defense Forces bases across Japan to reduce the conventional emphasis on multiple fixed American bases across the country, says Joseph Nye, a former U.S. assistant secretary of defense. “We should place less emphasis on having ...

Dec 10, 2014

U.S. military eases restrictions governing off-base drinking in Okinawa

U.S. Forces Japan has eased restrictions governing off-base drinking by military personnel based in Okinawa Prefecture, but they are still restricted from consuming alcohol from midnight to 5 a.m. Following a spate of incidents involving U.S. servicemen, the current policy for military personnel in ...

Nov 27, 2014

Sierra Leone seeks U.S. military help to fight Ebola

Sierra Leone appealed to the United States on Wednesday to send military aid to help it battle Ebola as it falls behind its West African neighbors Guinea and Liberia in the fight against the virus. The worst recorded Ebola outbreak has killed at least ...

Nov 17, 2014

Saga governor willing to accept Osprey deployment

The central government’s plan to station Osprey tilt-rotor aircraft at Saga Airport poses no problem for the local commercial airstrip, Gov. Yasushi Furukawa said Monday. The Defense Ministry has notified the Saga Prefectural Government, which runs the airport, that the deployment of Self-Defense Forces ...

U.S. envoy cheers gains in West Africa Ebola battle

Nov 3, 2014

U.S. envoy cheers gains in West Africa Ebola battle

The U.S. envoy to the U.N., Samantha Power, on Sunday credited a reported drop in new Ebola infections in West Africa to U.S. and other international aid efforts. Power, who just returned from a tour of Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia, the three countries ...