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FILE - This Jan. 27, 2018, aerial file photo shows U.S. Marine Air Station Futenma in Ginowan, Okinawa, southern Japan. Okinawan officials said Saturday, July 11, 2020 that dozens of U.S. Marines have been confirmed to have infected with the coronavirus at two bases, Futenma and Camp Hansen, on the southern Japanese island in what is feared to be a massive outbreak, and demanded adequate explanation from the U.S. military officials. (Kyodo News via AP, File)

Okinawa governor wants tougher action as 61 Marines infected

Jul. 11, 2020 11:23 PM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — The governor of Japan's Okinawa island demanded a top U.S. military commander take tougher prevention measures and more transparency hours after officials were told that more than 60 Marines at two bases have been infected with the coronavirus over the past few days. Okinawan officials on...

FILE - This Jan. 27, 2018, aerial file photo shows U.S. Marine Air Station Futenma in Ginowan, Okinawa, southern Japan. Okinawan officials said Saturday, July 11, 2020 that dozens of U.S. Marines have been confirmed to have infected with the coronavirus at two bases, Futenma and Camp Hansen, on the southern Japanese island in what is feared to be a massive outbreak, and demanded adequate explanation from the U.S. military officials. (Kyodo News via AP, File)

Dozens of US Marines in Japan's Okinawa get coronavirus

Jul. 11, 2020 11:00 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — Dozens of U.S. Marines at two bases on the southern Japanese island of Okinawa have been infected with the coronavirus in what is feared to be a massive outbreak, Okinawa's governor said Saturday, demanding an adequate explanation from the U.S. military. Gov. Denny Tamaki said he could say...

FILE - This Oct. 29, 1953, file photo shows Gen. Paik Sun-yup on the reviewing stand in South Korea. Former South Korean army Gen. Paik who was celebrated as a major war hero for leading troops in several battle victories against North Korean soldiers during the 1950-53 Korean War, has died. He was 99. (AP Photo/Fred Waters, File)

Paik Sun-yup, major South Korean war hero, dies at 99

Jul. 11, 2020 12:26 AM EDT

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Former South Korean army Gen. Paik Sun-yup, who was celebrated as a major war hero for leading troops in several battle victories against North Korean soldiers during the 1950-53 Korean War, has died. He was 99. The South Korean army announced his death on Saturday. It didn't...

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, right, attends a government meeting on space development at his office in Tokyo Monday, June 29, 2020. Japan said Monday it will step up its defense capability in space and improve its ability to detect and track missiles, while cooperating with the United States in response to what it called a growing threat from North Korea and China.  (Kyodo News via AP)

Japan to boost space cooperation with US in revised policy

Jun. 29, 2020 9:33 PM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — Japan said Monday it will step up its defense capability in space and improve its ability to detect and track missiles, while cooperating with the United States in response to what it called a growing threat from North Korea and China. A revised basic space policy adopted by the...

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Japanese island marks 75 years since Battle of Okinawa

Jun. 23, 2020 6:16 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — Residents on Okinawa prayed for peace and remembered lost loved ones Tuesday on the 75th anniversary of the end of one of WWII's deadliest conflicts, the Battle of Okinawa. At the ceremony held on the southern Japanese island to honor the more than 200,000 who died in the fighting near the...

Smoke rises from at the 18th Wing Hazardous Materials Pharmacy building at Kadena Air Base during a fire on Okinawa island, Japan, Monday morning, June 22, 2020. Cause of fire is unknown, no injuries are reported. (Kyodo News via AP)

Fire breaks out at hazmat facility at US air base on Okinawa

Jun. 22, 2020 6:58 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — A fire broke out Monday in a storage building for hazardous materials at a major U.S. air base on Japan's southern island of Okinawa, slightly injuring dozens of personnel who were exposed to smoke or chlorine gas, the U.S. military said. The blaze began in the morning in the building at...

Activist Yoon Meehyang, who begins her four-year term as a lawmaker for the ruling liberal party on Saturday, speaks during a news conference at National Assembly in Seoul, South Korea, Friday, May 29, 2020. (AP Photo/Lee Jin-man)

Lawmaker-elect denies wrongdoing over 'comfort women' funds

May. 29, 2020 5:01 AM EDT

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — A prominent South Korean activist who was recently elected to the National Assembly denied on Friday that she misused public donations for Korean survivors of Japanese wartime sexual slavery. Yoon Meehyang, who begins her four-year term as a lawmaker for the ruling liberal party...

Japan Defense Minister Taro Kono delivers a speech at a launch ceremony of the Space Operations Squadron at the Defense Ministry, Monday, May 18, 2020, in Tokyo. The launch of the Space Operations Squadron reflects Japan's increasing need to defend itself from threats in cyberspace electromagnetic interference against Japanese satellites. (Kyodo News via AP)

Japan launches new unit to step up defense in outer space

May. 18, 2020 7:05 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — Japan launched its new space defense unit Monday to monitor and counter threats to the country's satellites. The Space Operations Squadron, part of Japan’s Air Self-Defense Force, starts with 20 members and is expected to grow to about 100 members once the unit is fully operational in...