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Kadena AB prohibits children of base personnel from attending off-base schools

  • May 19, 2020
  • , Okinawa Times, Ryukyu Shimpo
  • JMH Translation

Okinawa Times and Ryukyu Shimpo wrote that under its declaration of a public health emergency over the coronavirus outbreak that runs through June 14, Kadena Air Base prohibits its community members, including Japanese workers and local contractors, from sending their dependents to off-base schools. The papers explained, however, that Japanese base workers do not have to comply if they obtain “special waivers” from their supervisors. An Okinawa Defense Bureau spokesperson was quoted as saying: “At present, the U.S. military’s guideline has not placed local base workers at a disadvantage. We will be careful to ensure they will not be impacted adversely ahead of the planned reopening of prefectural schools on Thursday.” Ryukyu Shimpo added that Japanese employees will be required to telework if their children return to school on May 21 in order to prevent the virus from being brought into U.S. facilities.  

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