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Lost in Translation: U.S. Forces and Crime in Japan

A recent spate of crimes committed by United States Forces in Japan (USFJ) personnel has been widely reported in both Okinawan and Mainland Japan media. Though not completely overshadowing U.S. President Barack Obama’s historic visit to Hiroshima, the crimes have put an unwanted and less than flattering focus on the American military presence in Japan.… Keep Reading

Anti-U.S. Base Governor Elected in Okinawa

In a move that will definitely delay, if not prevent, the relocation of Marine Corps Air Station Futenma, the voters in Okinawa have delivered Prime Minister Abe a renewed message. According to the newly elected Okinawa Prefecture Governor Takeshi Onaga, “Okinawans have suffered enough in their relationship with the U.S. Government.” I’m curious to see… Keep Reading

Cunning Linguistics and the Japanese Constitution

In response to an article in the Japan Times and as a follow-up to my post and discussion on Japan's remilitarization, the information below is presented to further discuss or argue over Japan’s right to collective self-defense. Keep Reading

Parental Kidnapping Treaty in Effect for Japan

Via the Stars & Stripes – Pacific: A treaty aimed a preventing cross-border parental kidnapping takes effect Tuesday in Japan after years of pressure from the international community. The Hague Convention on the Civil Aspects of International Child Abduction — which was first ratified in 1980 — requires a parent who flees with a child… Keep Reading

Commander of U.S. Army Forces in Japan Suspended

Major General Michael T. Harrison, Sr. has been suspended from his duties for allegedly failing to report or properly investigate an allegation of sexual assault, the Army said Friday. A Howard University graduate and native of Surry, Virginia, MGEN Harrison, entered the United States Army May 1980. He assumed the duties as Commander, United States… Keep Reading

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