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U.S. Forces Japan to mandate new arrivals to undergo COVID-19 testing

Nikkei, Yomiuri, Mainichi, and Sankei wrote that the GOJ and U.S. Forces Japan announced on Wednesday measures to be taken at U.S. bases in Japan to curb the spread of the new coronavirus. Nikkei wrote that although SOFA personnel have not been required to undergo testing if they enter Japan through U.S. military bases, the United States and Japan will enhance measures to prevent the spread of the virus among the U.S. military community in response to the increase in cases at U.S. bases in Okinawa and elsewhere in Japan. The paper wrote that the GOJ and USFJ agreed on Wednesday that strict enforcement of the measures that USFJ is taking is critically important in the joint effort to combat COVID-19. Nikkei reported that Lt. Gen. Kevin Schneider, the Commander of U.S. Forces Japan, said at an online news conference on Wednesday that the number of cases among the U.S. military community in Japan decreased this week because USFJ took measures to contain the virus. Yomiuri quoted the USFJ commander as telling reporters that the U.S. military tightened restrictions after cluster infections occurred in its community in Japan.

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