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One of the toughest parts about moving overseas to Okinawa Japan is finding a new job or occupation for the military member’s spouse. We’ve perused the base advertisements and internet listings to put all of these opportunities that we know of in one location.

You will find job listings for Kadena Air Base, MCCS (Marine Corps Community Services) at Camp Foster, Camp Kinser, and other Marine Corps Installations, as well as job opportunities at the hospital on Camp Lester, AAFES, and more.

Click here for this information on our main webpage. Are we missing a job you know more about? Please leave a comment and help those inbound behind you.


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Funky car in Okinawa Japan

. . .broken down car: Did you know that MCCS & AF Club Card holders are eligible for FREE roadside assistance? This includes towing, retrieving keys locked inside your car, and jump-starting the vehicle.

If your vehicle breaks down, call your respective automotive shop (USMC/Navy call 24-hour Islandwide Towing at Camp Foster 645-6181); AF club members – for the FREE roadside assistance, you will need to call Kadena Car Care Center at 633-0481 – note that the AF car care center is ONLY open weekdays and only banker-style hours, so you’re out of luck on the discount if your car breaks down outside business hours….as we discovered recently).

See more “Did you know?” tips here.

***Note, MCCS card phased out as of 1 January 2008 – see link for details: http://www.mccsokinawa.com/mccs.asp?id=171

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As of 1 Mar 2008 Kadena AB in no longer weight restricted for Air Force Accompanied personnel and DoD civilians. Acommpanied Air Force members having their household goods picked on or after 1 Mar 2008 can now ship
their full Joint Federal Travel Regulations/Joint Travel Regulations (JFTR/JTR) weight allowance in/out of Kadena AB.

If you are sponsoring an accompanied member to Kadena AB, please advise the member that the size of housing is smaller than most stateside locations. Also, housing provides basic appliances such as washers, dryers and refrigerators, please do not ship these appliances. Additionally, we highly recommend members do not ship oversize furniture items (i.e., king size
beds, large entertainment centers, etc.). Once you ship your personal property to Kadena AB, TMF is not authorized to reship excess property back to CONUS for storage per JFTR/JTR. Also, commercial storage facilities are limited here in Okinawa, expensive and at member’s expense.

For all unaccompanied members, you will remain weight restricted to unaccompanied baggage only, normally 500 lbs by air or 700 lbs by surface. 10% of JFTR maybe authorized, depending upon where you reside…dormitory or local economy.

Contact the Traffic Management Flight for details, 634-7857/7862.

******PLEASE NOTE:  One of our readers (Crider family) commented on their recent PCS regarding this weight allowance change (comments below) and on how it affected them.  You only get “loaner” furniture while you are awaiting HHG shipment.  Once this shipment arrives, your loaner stuff goes bye bye, so BRING WHAT YOU WANT TO HAVE IN YOUR HOUSE!  See comments below for more details.

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Totally confused about where things are on island? We have been too!!! So we are trying to fix that with our google mashup map of fun things to do on Okinawa – beaches to visit, kid’s parks, scuba diving locations, and more.

Google Mashup Map of Okinawa Japan

What are we missing on our map? Leave a comment and let us know!

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New USPS box to ship to APO/FPO addresses

Check it out – A great one to share with your families and friends stateside. The USPS just introduced on 3 March a new flat-rate box for shipping to military personnel stationed overseas. 50% larger than the current flat-rate box, and costs $10.95 for shipping to APO/FPO boxes – $2 less than domestic rate charge. Boxes available at post offices March 3rd. Here’s the link for the story:


You can order the boxes (for free) from this link:


Check out even more money saving tips and general helper tidbits about Okinawa Living at our “Did you know. . .?” section on the main website.

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We have updated our weather page.  It covers weather for Kadena AB, Camp Foster, Nago, & Okinawa Japan.

You will find a one-page summary that automatically updates the current radar satellite shots, daily weather briefs, quick links to 5-day forecasts, and typhoon and tropical storm tracking through several feeds. 

No need to look in 40 different locations anymore. . .:-0    if you have a favorite link or feed we might have missed, please let us know.

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Did you know that because you are overseas you can use coupons on base at the PX, BX, and the Commissaries for up to 6 months after the shown expiration date?  Where can you pick these up?  Glad you asked!  Once you enter the Commissary and are facing the checkout counters, you will see a customer service window.  Ask for coupons at this window – you are allowed to pick up a stack of coupons once per day.

 See more “Did you know. . .” tips and tidbits here.

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