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USFJ investigating false declarations made by SOFA members related to COVID-19, Commander Schneider

  • July 30, 2020
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U.S. Forces Japan Commander Kevin B. Schneider held an online press conference on July 29, where he discussed the issue of the false declarations made by three SOFA members affiliated with the U.S. military’s Iwakuni base (Iwakuni City, Yamaguchi Prefecture). After arriving at Haneda Airport, the SOFA members flouted quarantine procedures and flew to the Iwakuni base on a commercial flight despite having promised quarantine officials they would not use public transport. The tests taken at the airport revealed the three were infected with the virus. “This is a very regrettable matter,” said the commander. He indicated that the USFJ is investigating the background to the incident.


At present, there are 139 cases of COVID-19 at the U.S. military bases in Japan, down from the July 24 figure of 189. Based on this, the commander said that the USFJ’s measures have been effective. These figures, however, do not include the number of people who have recovered. The cumulative total number of cases has not been released. The USFJ made it mandatory, effective July 24, for USFJ personnel who enter Japan to be subject to a two-week restriction on movement followed by a PCR test.

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