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Tropical Storm Bolaven, once a massive typhoon, left at least 16 people dead in South Korea after pummeling the country with heavy wind and rain as it moved along its coast, the authorities said Wednesday.

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Massive Typhoon Bolaven slams Okinawa, heads for Koreasupdated: Sun Aug 26 2012 20:08:00

A massive typhoon crossed over Okinawa on Sunday, bringing winds more ferocious than even the typhoon-weary Japanese island has seen in decades.

Japan deporting Chinese held over island landingupdated: Fri Aug 17 2012 09:17:00

Japan is deporting the 14 Chinese nationals arrested over a disputed island chain in the East China Sea, Japan's Chief Cabinet Secretary Osamu Fujimura said Friday, in a resolution aimed at ending a diplomatic incident between the two nations.

After flag-raising on island, 14 Chinese held in Japanupdated: Thu Aug 16 2012 05:05:00

A diplomatic row has erupted between Japan and China after a group of Chinese nationals were photographed raising flags on a disputed island in the East China Sea before being arrested, the latest incident in rising territorial tensions in North Asia.

Transfer of U.S. Okinawa troops a doubly good moveupdated: Tue May 01 2012 17:11:00

The long-term strategy behind America's military repositioning in Asia is gradually revealing itself. A series of moves over the past six months will set the stage for rebalancing U.S. naval, air and ground forces in the region.

2008: Japanese to U.S.: Get outupdated: Mon Apr 30 2012 16:16:00

In 2008 Condolezza Rice visited Japan amid furor over the arrest of a US Marine on rape charges.

Obama affirms strong economic, security ties with Japanupdated: Mon Apr 30 2012 16:16:00

Affirming strong ties in a time of challenges, President Barack Obama and visiting Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda on Monday hailed an agreement to move U.S. Marines from Okinawa and expressed solidarity against North Korea's nuclear weapons program.

U.S.-Japan deal withdraws 9,000 Marines from Okinawaupdated: Fri Apr 27 2012 17:23:00

The United States and Japan have agreed that about half the U.S. Marines on the Japanese island of Okinawa will soon leave, a transition that could ease a long-simmering resentment of the Americans' presence that has at times boiled over.

Japan prepares missile defense ahead of North Korea launchupdated: Fri Mar 23 2012 03:26:00

The Japanese defense minister said Friday that he had ordered the country's military to prepare a missile defense system ahead of a planned rocket launch by North Korea next month.

North Korea plans missile launchupdated: Fri Mar 23 2012 03:26:00

CNN's Erin Burnett talks to North Korea expert Gordon Chang about Pyongyang's plans to launch a satellite.

Secrets of the world's healthiest womenupdated: Fri Jan 13 2012 07:14:00

The secret to a long, healthy life in America? According to longevity researchers, it may be to act like you live somewhere else.

Japan police search for missing American womanupdated: Wed Dec 07 2011 10:23:00

Police in Japan are searching for an American woman who has been missing for six weeks, they said Wednesday.

Offshore earthquake hits Okinawa area, no reports of damageupdated: Mon Nov 07 2011 22:50:00

A 6.9-magnitude earthquake struck deep under the ocean floor northwest of Okinawa, Japan, near noon Tuesday, according to the U.S. Geological Survey.

Gusty Typhoon Muifa set to hit Chinaupdated: Sat Aug 06 2011 13:34:00

Typhoon Muifa is set to bring gusty winds and rainfall to coastal areas of China late Saturday or on Sunday, after drenching the southern Japanese island of Okinawa.

Tropical storm in Philippines kills 11, forces 40,000 out of homesupdated: Fri Jun 24 2011 05:12:00

Heavy rains and high winds from Tropical Storm Meari lashed the Philippines Friday, killing at least 11 people and displacing 40,000 people, an emergency management agency said.

Tokyo travel industry on the brinkupdated: Thu May 19 2011 08:06:00

In the cavernous lobby of the Tokyu Hotel in Tokyo, executives sip $14 coffees, crisply dressed waiters hover with English-language menus and bilingual reception clerks wait patiently for incoming guests.

Japanese golfers set up fund websiteupdated: Wed Mar 23 2011 16:44:00

Leading Japanese golfers Ai Miyazoto, Mika Miyazoto and Momuku Ueda have joined forces in launching a website to aid the rescue effort in their native country following the recent earthquake and tsunami.

Earthquake response doesn't shake Okinawans' opposition to U.S. basesupdated: Sun Mar 13 2011 14:38:00

Every morning at 7:30, Hiroshi Ashitomi trudges up sand-dusted steps, pries open a metal folding chair and joins a handful of his fellow retirees under a plastic tent, facing seaward. They are staging a protest.

U.S., Japan discuss regional security amid Koreas tensionupdated: Thu Jan 13 2011 09:45:00

U.S. Defense Secretary Robert Gates met with Japanese leaders Thursday to discuss regional security and deepen military ties amid heightened tension on the Korean Peninsula.

Japan rescues crew members from missing Chinese shipupdated: Thu Nov 11 2010 01:48:00

The Japanese Coast Guard on Thursday rescued four survivors after a Chinese cargo ship went missing, officials and state media said. One of the four was in critical condition.

Japan report: China's military worrisome; U.S. military reassuringupdated: Sat Sep 11 2010 00:03:00

China's military puts the scare into Japan, and the U.S. is a key to keeping peace in the region, Japan's Defense Ministry said in a white paper Friday.

11 of 17 ministers retain seat in new Japan cabinetupdated: Tue Jun 08 2010 02:06:00

Japan's new Prime Minister Naoto Kan announced his cabinet Tuesday, retaining 11 of 17 ministers in his predecessor's administration.

Challenges await Japan's new leaderupdated: Tue Jun 08 2010 02:06:00

CNN's Kyung Lah looks at the challenges ahead for Japan's fifth prime minister in four years.

Japanese PM Yukio Hatoyama to resignupdated: Tue Jun 01 2010 23:22:00

Japanese Prime Minister Yukio Hatoyama told parliamentary officials Wednesday he will resign. "I'm going to step down," Hatoyama announced in a live broadcast on Japanese TV NHK.

Party quits coalition government over Okinawa disputeupdated: Sun May 30 2010 10:49:00

Japan's Social Democratic Party is leaving the coalition government over a dispute regarding the relocation of a U.S. base, the party's leader said Sunday.

Business turns buck on the back of Japan PM's fashionupdated: Tue May 25 2010 22:50:00

When pictures of Prime Minister Yukio Hatoyama's multi-colored button down shirt started spreading on the Internet, people around the world cringed.

Japan PM's political fashion disaster?updated: Tue May 25 2010 22:50:00

Critics blast Japan's Prime Minister Yukio Hatoyama over his fashion choices. CNN's Kyung Lah reports.

Japanese PM: U.S. military base will stay in Okinawaupdated: Mon May 24 2010 07:25:00

Japanese Prime Minister Yukio Hatoyama went back on a campaign promise and announced Sunday that a U.S. military base would remain in Okinawa.

Clinton in Japan for Okinawa base talksupdated: Fri May 21 2010 07:20:00

U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton started a weeklong tour of Asia on Friday for talks that are expected to be dominated by the escalating tensions between the Koreas.

Japan PM: Moving U.S. base 'difficult'updated: Tue May 04 2010 06:41:00

Japan's prime minister visited Okinawa and delivered an unpopular message Tuesday: it will be challenging to move a U.S. base off the island.

Japan PM Hatoyama feels heat in Okinawa base feudupdated: Mon Apr 26 2010 08:48:00

An ongoing feud with the United States over the future of an American military base in Okinawa may end up costing Japan's prime minister his job, a weekend poll shows.

Tsunami advisory canceled after 7.0 earthquake off Okinawaupdated: Fri Feb 26 2010 23:01:00

A tsunami advisory announced shortly after a 7.0-magnitude earthquake struck Japan's Ryukyu Islands early Saturday has been canceled, Japan's Meteorological Agency reported.

Tsunami not likely for Japanupdated: Fri Feb 26 2010 23:01:00

CNN Meteorologist Chad Myers explains why a tsunami is unlikely after an earthquake hit off the coast of Okinawa, Japan.

Uncovering secrets to a longer lifeupdated: Tue Jan 26 2010 15:02:00

In the same way organisms select for characteristics that favor the survival and well-being of its species over successive generations, so too do cultures. With organisms, we call this process evolution and it represents a sort of accumulated wisdom. There is no word for this process in cultures, but there is one for the result. And that word is tradition.

How to live to 100updated: Tue Jan 26 2010 15:02:00

National Geographic writer and explorer Dan Buettner talks about finding the path to long life and health.

New Japanese mayor opposes U.S. baseupdated: Mon Jan 25 2010 07:27:00

A Japanese city elected a mayor Sunday who opposes plans to host an American base, complicating the nation's commitment to work with the United States.

U.S. military children arrested in Japanupdated: Mon Dec 07 2009 16:02:00

Four American teenagers, all children of U.S. military personnel, have been arrested on charges of attempted murder after a woman was knocked off her motorbike with rope strung across two poles, Japanese police said.

U.S., Japan 'equal partners,' Obama saysupdated: Fri Nov 13 2009 09:07:00

President Obama stopped in Japan on the first leg of his trip to Asia Friday, stressing that United States and Japan "have been and will continue to be equal partners."

Obama arrives in Japanupdated: Fri Nov 13 2009 09:07:00

President Barack Obama arrives in Japan for the start of a four-nation trip to Asia.

U.S. professor disappears during Japan volcano hikeupdated: Thu Apr 30 2009 22:02:00

Teams in southern Japan are searching for an award-winning U.S. poet and college professor who failed to return from a hike to a volcano, his university said Thursday.

Suspected WWII bomb wounds Okinawa workerupdated: Wed Jan 14 2009 21:42:00

A worker was severely injured Wednesday when a bomb, believed to be left over from World War II, went off at a construction site in Okinawa, police said.

70 dead, 700 missing after ferry disasterupdated: Thu Jun 26 2008 08:03:00

Seventy people have been confirmed dead and more than 700 remain missing more than four days after a ferry capsized in a typhoon off the coast of the Philippines, the country's defense minister said Wednesday. Jim Trotter: Brees walks in his grandfather's foosteps in Okinawaupdated: Sun May 25 2008 19:08:00

Drew Brees is known for his cool and composure, but the New Orleans Saints' quarterback struggled to control his emotions several months ago while standing on a beach in Okinawa as part of a USO Tour.

Marine pleads guilty in Japan sex crimeupdated: Fri May 16 2008 05:40:00

A U.S. Marine pleaded guilty Friday to abusive sexual contact with a child under 16, bringing to a close a criminal case that stoked outrage in Japan, a Marine spokesman said.

U.S. Marine guilty of 'wrongful sexual contact' in Japanupdated: Fri May 09 2008 01:16:00

A U.S. Marine accused of raping a 19-year-old Japanese woman last year was found guilty Thursday of "committing wrongful sexual contact and indecent acts," the U.S. military said, but he was acquitted of rape.

U.S. Marine charged with rape in Japanupdated: Fri Apr 25 2008 01:09:00

The U.S. military in Japan has charged a Marine with rape and other violations of the Uniform Code of Military Justice in the alleged sexual assault of 14-year old girl in Okinawa.

CNNMoney: American cancels hundreds of flightsupdated: Tue Apr 08 2008 18:02:00

American Airlines said it would cancel nearly 500 flights Tuesday as it again performs detailed inspections of a key aircraft model.

CNNMoney: American cancels hundreds of flightsupdated: Wed Mar 26 2008 17:03:00

American Airlines said it canceled hundreds of flights amounting to more than 10% of its schedule for Wednesday as it performs more detailed inspections of a key aircraft model.

4 U.S. Marines face courts-martialupdated: Thu Mar 06 2008 02:24:00

The U.S. military plans to court-martial four Marines accused of raping a 19-year-old Japanese woman in Hiroshima last year, a military spokesman said on Thursday.

Marine returned to U.S. custody after rape allegation droppedupdated: Fri Feb 29 2008 11:33:00

Japanese authorities on Friday released an American Marine accused of raping a teenager in Okinawa after the girl dropped the allegations, the U.S. military said.

Rape charges droppedupdated: Fri Feb 29 2008 11:33:00

A girl and her family have dropped rape charges against a U.S. Marine in Okinawa, Japan. CNN's Kyung Lah reports.

Rice soothes Japan on rape case updated: Wed Feb 27 2008 04:45:00

U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice arrived in Japan on Wednesday on a mission to smooth tensions created by rape allegations against two U.S. service members and to try to jump-start stalled North Korean nuclear talks.

N. Korea nuclear talks stalledupdated: Wed Feb 27 2008 04:45:00

Condoleezza Rice is in Asia to revive the agreement to dismantle North Korea's nuclear program. CNN's Jonn Vause reports.

U.S. military "Reflection" in Japan amid rape claimsupdated: Fri Feb 22 2008 07:57:00

The U.S. military held a "Day of Reflection" on Friday for troops in Japan after allegations that two U.S. service members committed sexual assaults on the southern island of Okinawa.

Japan probes new allegations of rape linked to U.S. militaryupdated: Wed Feb 20 2008 23:15:00

Investigators in Japan are investigating a second reported sexual assault connected to the U.S. military, police said Thursday.

Rape case leads to U.S. troops restriction in Japan updated: Wed Feb 20 2008 12:28:00

American troops and their families stationed in Okinawa have been given new restrictions because of a recent accusation that a 38-year-old U.S. Marine raped a 14-year-old Japanese girl, the U.S. military said.

Marine held in reported rapeupdated: Wed Feb 13 2008 02:48:00

A U.S. Marine based on Okinawa has been detained in connection with the alleged rape of a 14-year-old Japanese girl. CNN's Kyung Lah reports.

U.S. envoy visits Okinawa in wake of rape caseupdated: Wed Feb 13 2008 02:48:00

The top U.S. envoy to Japan visited Okinawa on Wednesday as protests spread across the prefecture over the arrest of an American Marine on suspicion of raping a teenage schoolgirl, news services reported.

U.S. working to ease tensions in Japan rape caseupdated: Tue Feb 12 2008 13:20:00

A high-level American delegation may be headed to Okinawa soon to smooth strained relations with Japan after allegations a U.S. Marine raped a Japanese teenager.

U.S. Marine accused of girl's rapeupdated: Mon Feb 11 2008 12:08:00

A U.S. Marine based on Okinawa has been detained in connection with the reported rape of a 14-year-old Japanese girl, the island's police force said Monday.

U.S. Marine accused of raping teen in Okinawaupdated: Sun Feb 10 2008 22:32:00

A U.S. Marine based on Okinawa has been arrested in connection with the reported rape of a 14-year-old Japanese girl, the island's police force said Monday.

Typhoon Mitag hits Philippinesupdated: Tue Dec 04 2007 21:41:00

Typhoon Mitag slammed into the northeastern Philippines, killing several people as it hit land.

5 nutritious habits of the planet's healthiest countriesupdated: Thu Sep 13 2007 08:56:00

If you've vacationed in an international destination, you know that learning about its food is one of the best ways to become familiar with a new culture. But lately, Americans have also taken greater interest in global cuisine because of health benefits attributed to certain styles of eating.

Passengers escaped with seconds to spareupdated: Mon Aug 20 2007 07:12:00

They made it out with just seconds to spare.

All safe after fire guts airlinerupdated: Mon Aug 20 2007 00:37:00

A Taiwanese jetliner burst into flames Monday morning shortly after landing at the Naha airport on the Japanese island of Okinawa, but 165 passengers and crew got off the plane safely, authorities said.

Crew reported missing as jet burnsupdated: Mon Aug 20 2007 00:00:00

A China Airlines jetliner burst into flames Monday morning at the Naha airport on the Japanese island of Okinawa, and some crew members were reported missing.

Plane catches fire at Japan airportupdated: Sun Aug 19 2007 23:33:00

A plane belonging to Taiwan's China Airlines caught fire soon after landing on Japan's southern island of Okinawa on Monday, but officials said all 165 people on board had escaped safely.

Typhoon Man-yi pounds Okinawaupdated: Sun Jul 15 2007 06:58:00

Typhoon Man-yi pounds Okinawa

Typhoon impactupdated: Sun Jul 15 2007 00:41:00

Typhoon impact

Typhoon explainerupdated: Sun Jul 15 2007 00:41:00

Typhoon explainer

'Chasing Life' chapter 1, part 2: 'Beginning the chase'updated: Mon Mar 26 2007 12:10:00

Currently, most of us reach our physical peak between twenty and thirty and begin a steady decline after that. By seventy, we have lost 40 percent of our maximum breathing capacity, muscle and bone mass have declined, body fat has increased, and sight and hearing have gotten worse. We may want to chase life and live longer, but not at the expense of function, both of mind and body.

Tires and dolphinsupdated: Fri Feb 23 2007 06:44:00

Who says car technology doesn't benefit the wider world? A disabled dolphin is able to swim normally and jump again after engineers at Japanese tire firm Bridgestone created a prosthetic tail fin for it.

Take first steps against aging at the dinner tableupdated: Tue Feb 13 2007 17:49:00

As we eat, so will we age.

Green's charge falters at the lastupdated: Sat Jan 27 2007 10:13:00

Australian Richard Green wasted a great chance to stay clear of the chasing pack on Saturday when a double bogey on the last hole ruined his third round at the $2.2 million Qatar Masters.

U.S. sailor gets life in Japan beating deathupdated: Fri Jun 02 2006 00:58:00

A court in Japan on Friday convicted a U.S. sailor of killing a Japanese woman and sentenced him to life in prison.

Urgent need for hospitals, tentsupdated: Mon May 29 2006 00:14:00

Survivors of Indonesia's latest earthquake are in desperate need of emergency hospital care and tents for shelter, a presidential spokesman has told CNN.

U.S., Japan agree on Marine moveupdated: Mon Apr 24 2006 01:47:00

Japan and the United States have reached an agreement that will clear the way for the departure of thousands of American Marines from Okinawa.

CNNMoney: Japan trading exec found deadupdated: Thu Jan 19 2006 08:06:00

An executive of a Japanese securities firm involved in takeover deals by the high-profile Internet startup Livedoor has been found dead, police say.

Japanese securities official deadupdated: Wed Jan 18 2006 22:53:00

An executive of a Japanese securities firm involved in takeover deals by the high-profile Internet startup Livedoor has been found dead, police say.

Half of U.S. Marines to leave Okinawaupdated: Sat Oct 29 2005 15:40:00

The Pentagon has yielded to demands from residents on the Japanese island of Okinawa and committed to cut the number of U.S. Marines in the country by nearly half.

Definition of silence updated: Tue Jun 28 2005 16:50:00

What is the definition of silence?

High court: Foreign convictions don't prevent gun ownership in U.S.updated: Tue Apr 26 2005 15:15:00

A Pennsylvania man can keep his gun after the Supreme Court concluded Tuesday that his conviction for crimes overseas did not prevent him from later owning a firearm.

U.S. to double helicopter fleetupdated: Tue Jan 04 2005 22:32:00

The U.S. military says it will double the number of helicopters operating in the tsunami-stricken regions from 46 to more than 90, in a bid to help speed aid to desperate survivors in remote areas.

U.S. may cut troop level in Japanupdated: Mon Dec 13 2004 10:41:00

The United States is considering reducing its military presence in Japan, and is specifically looking at pulling some troops out of Okinawa, the top U.S. military official in the country told CNN Monday.

18 dead after typhoon hits Japanupdated: Thu Sep 30 2004 02:03:00

At least 18 people have been killed in Japan after tropical storm Meari buffeted the nation, with a dozen missing and 70 others wounded.

Remembering World War IIupdated: Mon May 24 2004 11:00:00

When you meet Pennsylvanian Robert Collins, radioman second class United States Navy (ret.) on a visit to the new World War Two Memorial in the nation's capital, you no longer care who was right or wrong in the argument over whether it should have been built on the mall between the Washington Monument and the Lincoln Memorial.

Business 2.0: Street Food For The Discerning Palate Got 10 minutes between meetings--and a rumble in your belly? In these five updated: Mon Dec 01 2003 00:01:00


Fortune: Tech Into Plowshares As the gap between the developed world and the developing world has grown, so have anti-U.S. updated: Mon Oct 15 2001 00:01:00

On my 11th birthday, back in 1964, I moved from the North Shore suburbs of Chicago to Lagos, Nigeria. My father ran a project there to spur industrial develop-ment. In my two years in Africa's most...

Fortune: LEADING THE CHARGEupdated: Mon Nov 06 1989 00:01:00

Around the time Max Chapman Jr. was born, his father was fighting at Guadalcanal and later Okinawa. Now this son of a career Marine, himself a onetime leatherneck, has been recruited to lead the Ja...

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