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4,700 US Marines to leave Okinawa, Japan prior to realignment plan

After reaching a general agreement to revise the 2006 U.S. Forces Japan realignment plan, the United States and Japan plan to frontload the relocation of the US Marines based at MCAS Futenma to Guam. This will be a separate project from the MCAS Futenma relocation. In this relocation, the number of Marines to be relocated… Keep Reading

Devastation in Japan

Devastation in Japan: The Aftermath and Implications of the World’s Fifth Largest Earthquake – Event Summary: In days following Japan’s devastating earthquake and tsunami, television and Internet images have been among the most shocking in recent memory. The scope of the disaster is historic and almost incomprehensible. The implications of the disaster are still unfolding,… Keep Reading

Tokyo’s First Lady Of Soul

Black Tokyo is pleased to present a new series of posts on Blacks in Japan’s entertainment industry. Our first story features singer, song writer and producer, Ms. Brenda Vaughn. According to information obtained from the CD insert of her latest single, “The Worst is Over,” Ms. Brenda Vaughn was born in Starkville, Mississippi, the eldest… Keep Reading


Black Scholars Who Make a Specialty of Asian Studies Revisited

[Originally posted in June 2008. Revisited for Black History Month] I received the following question from a new BT reader this afternoon. He asked: “Why do you find Japan so fascinating?” My quick reply to the question: “I find Japanese history and culture fascinating, the Japanese interesting (from a sociological point-of-view) and life in Japan,… Keep Reading

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