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U.S. family barred from military bases for 10 years for violating quarantine procedures

  • September 1, 2020
  • , Ryukyu Shimpo
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Ryukyu Shimpo wrote that the U.S. Marine Forces Japan announced on Facebook on Aug. 31 that they have barred from MCAS Iwakuni and all U.S. military installations for 10 years a family of four connected with MCAS Iwakuni who failed to abide by the COVID-19 quarantine procedures in Japan in July. The action followed a misconduct hearing that took place on Aug. 7. According to the announcement, the family arrived at Haneda Airport in Tokyo from the United States on July 12 and underwent PCR testing but then boarded a commercial flight for Kintaikyo Airport on the following day before the results became available. The family gave false information about their travel plans by saying that they would not use public transportation and would drive a rental car to Iwakuni. The tests at Haneda later showed that three of the four family members were infected with the coronavirus. The paper wrote that Defense Minister Kono commented that the incident was extremely regrettable and called on the U.S. military to prevent similar incidents in the future.

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