Home : Media : News : News Article View
NEWS | May 23, 2022

Yokota Reopens Base for Annual Friendship Festival

By Tech. Sgt. Joshua Edwards 374th Airlift Wing Public Affairs

YOKOTA AIR BASE, Japan -- The 374th Airlift Wing hosted the Japanese-American Friendship Festival 2022 on May 21 and 22, the first one in three years.

During the two-day festival, which aims to strengthen the bilateral relationship between the United States and Japan, approximately 110,000 people visited the base.

“I’m excited to have all of you here today to enjoy this weekend’s festivities,” said Col. Andrew Campbell, 374th Airlift Wing commander. “This year’s festival is a true testament to the bond our two nations share and the challenges we’ve overcome together over the past few years. I am honored to be with all of you here today to celebrate the strong friendship the U.S. and Japan share and, more importantly, it's a chance to cultivate and strengthen our partnership.”

Yokota was able to host the event with the support of Japanese Self-Defense Force (JASDF), sister services and the local community.

“Friendship Festival is a great opportunity for JASDF to let people know about us,” said, JASDF Tech. Sgt. Kajitani Norifumi, Operations Support Wing public affairs specialist. “This event represents JASDF participants and their job performance to gain trust and understanding from visitors and allies, which will lead to establishing stronger bonds between local community, U.S. Air Force and JASDF.”

The event featured numerous performances, bands and various vendors highlighting both the on-base and off-base communities.

“Congratulations on the 2022 Japan-U.S. Friendship Festival,” said Hiroyuki Sugiura, Mizuho Town mayor. “I am very pleased to see Yokota Air Base holding this event for the first time in three years. I pray that the bond between Yokota and local community will continue to deepen.”

This year’s event may be over, but festival attendees and local community members expressed their excitement for future opportunities to get together and share more experiences.

“I really wanted to come check out this year’s festival because it was the first time the base has opened in three years,” said Hinano Taira, Friendship Festival attendee. “This was my first time at Yokota and the military members were so friendly. I really enjoyed the F-16 flyby, because it sounded really cool. I will definitely come back and enjoy the festival again.”


Like Us
Follow Us



U.S. INDOPACOM announces establishment of Joint Task Force Red Hill
220630-N-BD629-1009 CAMP H.M. Smith, Hawaii (June 30, 2022) Commander, U.S. Indo-Pacific Command Adm. John C. Aquilino addresses members of the media during a press conference announcing the establishment of Joint Task Force Red Hill. JTF Red Hill, in close coordination with the State of Hawaii, will oversee the safe and expeditious defueling of the Red Hill Bulk Fuel Storage Facility, demonstrating DoD’s commitment to remove fuel as quickly as possible, in a safe and informed manner, and with full transparency to regulators, intergovernmental partners, and with the people of Hawaii. (U.S. Navy photo by Chief Mass Communication Specialist Shannon M. Smith/Released)
July 1, 2022 - CAMP H.M. SMITH, Hawaii – Adm. John C. Aquilino, Commander of U.S. Indo-Pacific Command, announced the establishment of Joint Task Force Red Hill (JTF Red Hill) on June 30.The Secretary of Defense directed the standup of JTF...

Rim of the Pacific 2022 Officially Begins
Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) 2022 participants network at the Southern California opening ceremony. Twenty-six nations, 38 ships, four submarines, more than 170 aircraft and 25,000 personnel are participating in RIMPAC from June 29 to Aug. 4 in and around the Hawaiian Islands and Southern California. The world’s largest international maritime exercise, RIMPAC provides a unique training opportunity while fostering and sustaining cooperative relationships among participants critical to ensuring the safety of sea lanes and security on the world’s oceans. RIMPAC 2022 is the 28th exercise in the series that began in 1971.
June 30, 2022 - U.S. Navy -- Twenty-six nations, 38 surface ships, four submarines, nine national land forces, more than 30 unmanned systems, approximately 170 aircraft and more than 25,000 personnel will train and operate in and around the...

Chief of Naval Operations, Japanese Chief of Staff Meet to Discuss Maritime Security
Chief of Naval Operations Adm. Mike Gilday meets with Chief of Staff of the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force (JMSDF) Adm. Ryo Sakai during an office call at the Pentagon, June 28. The two leaders discussed maritime security and ongoing efforts to ensure a free and open Indo-Pacific.
June 30, 2022 - WASHINGTON -- Chief of Naval Operations Adm. Mike Gilday hosted the Chief of Staff of the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force (JMSDF) Adm. Ryo Sakai in Washington, D.C., for an office visit, June 28.The two leaders discussed...

Remarks by U.S. Ambassador Peter Haas on Account of U.S. Independence Day 2022
Remarks by U.S. Ambassador Peter Haas on Account of U.S. Independence Day 2022.
June 30, 2022 - U.S. Embassy in Bangladesh -- Good afternoon, everyone! And thank you for joining us for this celebration of the 246th anniversary of U.S. independence. Independence Day in America is a day of red, white, and blue; a day of...

The U.S. Provides Immediate Assistance to Respond to Drought in Kiribati
US $500,000 in humanitarian assistance to respond to the drought across Kiribati
June 30, 2022 - SUVA, U.S. Embassy in Fiji, Kiribati, Nauru, Tonga, and Tuvalu -- The U.S., through the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), is providing US$500,000 in humanitarian assistance to respond to the drought across...