It's been reported in the Stars and Stripes, the "Independent News Source for the US Military Community" that a base in Japan is to hold a competitive eating contest.
According to the site,
One of the most recognized names in the world of competitive eating will judge a hot dog-eating contest for single sailors April 3
This champion is called, predictably, Takeru "The Tsunami" Kobayashi, who muched his way through 59 hot dogs in an eat-off. Stars and Stripes is upbeat about the morale booster at their naval base:
Kobayashi not only brings with him his celebrity status as a competitive eater, but also a message of motivation and determination
You know, I often wondered why American Service Personnel were so feared and respected.