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USFJ issues alcohol ban

  • November 20, 2017
  • , All national papers evening edition
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All Monday evening papers reported on restrictions imposed by the USFJ on service members in response to an accident on Sunday morning in Naha in which an Okinawan man was killed when his vehicle was struck by a truck being driven by a U.S. Marine. Under the restrictions, U.S. service members in Japan are prohibited from purchasing or consuming alcohol either on or off base, and U.S. service members in Okinawa are required to stay on base or in their residences. Chief Cabinet Secretary Suga stated at a press conference on Monday that the incident is very regrettable and that the GOJ conveyed great displeasure over the incident to the U.S. military and the U.S. Embassy and made strong requests that the U.S. side enforce stricter discipline, take measures to prevent a recurrence, and respond sincerely to the family of the victim. Asahi, Yomiuri, and Nikkei wrote that Suga also said that Ambassador Hagerty has expressed condolences and an apology.

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