Japan's Leader Sends Offerings to Controversial War Shrine

Religious offerings dedicated by Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe are seen, center background, as people pray at the Yasukuni Shrine in Tokyo during an annual spring festival on Tuesday, April 22, 2015. (KOJI UEDA/AP)

TOKYO  — Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe sent religious offerings Tuesday to a Tokyo shrine that honors the country's war dead, including convicted World War II leaders, a likely signal that he won't pray there ahead of trips to an international conference and the United States. Previous visits and offerings to Yasukuni Shrine have drawn sha... more

Families Struggle With Radon in Military Housing

A commercially available radon recorder shows short- and long-term readings for concentrations of the gas at an apartment in Yokohama, Japan. Erik Slavin/Stars and Stripes

Marine Col. Anthony White had already lost a kidney to cancer that doctors attributed to living on Camp Lejeune, N.C., where thousands were sickened by contaminated water for more than three decades. So when he found out in 2011 that his home at Okinawa's Plaza housing area had exposed him and his family to elevated levels of radon, White took a... more

Tokyo Remembers Devastating, Overlooked WWII Firebombings

(Left) March 19, 1945 shows damaged Matsuya department store after Tokyo firebombing. (Right) Feb. 27, 2015, shows the structure still in use as train station and shopping mall. (AP/The Center of the Tokyo Raids and War Damage, Eugene Hoshiko)

TOKYO  — Japan mourned Tuesday for the 105,400 people killed in a single night 70 years ago, when U.S. B-29 bombers obliterated much of Tokyo in the deadliest conventional bomb attack ever. Prime Minister Shinzo Abe bowed in a somber ceremony held in a downtown temple that was built to commemorate deaths from a 1923 earthquake, but is also used... more

US Forces Japan Revises Liberty Policy; Curfew Reduced by an Hour

Roppongi Crossing divides one of Tokyo's busiest entertainment disctricts into quarters.Servicemembers are prohibited from being here after midnight under the current curfew policy. Eric Guzman/Stars and Stripes

YOKOTA AIR BASE, Japan -- U.S. Forces Japan revised its liberty policy Wednesday, allowing servicemembers to stay out a little later starting next month. The current policy requires servicemembers E-5 and below to be back on base or in a private residence or hotel room between midnight and 5 a.m. It is unpopular but credited with cutting off-ba... more

US, Japan Agree on Access to Bases After Environmental Incidents

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TOKYO — Japanese officials will have access to U.S. military bases in Japan following oil spills or other environmental accidents, according to a bilateral agreement struck as part of the ongoing realignment of U.S. forces in the Asia-Pacific region. The supplement to the Status of Forces Agreement also grants base access to Japanese inspectors... more

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