Alcohol Banned For U.S. Forces In Japan After Fatal Car Crash

U.S. Marine Corps Air Station Futenma in Okinawa, Japan.

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U.S. Marine Corps Air Station Futenma in Okinawa, Japan.

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After a Japanese male was killed early Sunday in a automobile pile-up involving a U.S. use member, U.S. army in Japan are taboo indefinitely from purchasing or celebration alcohol.

Police in Okinawa contend a use member “had an ethanol turn that was 3 times a authorised limit” during a time of a collision, according to Reuters. The troops has settled that “alcohol might have been a factor” in a crash.

On a same day as a crash, U.S. Forces, Japan pronounced that use members on a island of Okinawa are limited to a bottom and their homes.

“Until offer notice, ethanol expenditure is prohibited. This includes in residences and open locations such as bars and clubs, and hotels,” a troops pronounced in a statement. “Additionally, U.S. use members on mainland Japan are taboo from purchasing or immoderate alcohol, on or off base.”

The vital U.S. troops participation on a island has prolonged been a source of tension, as The Two-Way has reported. Last year, a former U.S. Marine was indicted of raping and murdering a woman, igniting immeasurable protests. In 1995, 3 use members were indicted of gang-raping a Japanese girl.

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Okinawa’s governor, Takeshi Onaga, met with Marine Lt. Gen. Lawrence Nicholson to board a criticism about a crash, that killed a Japanese citizen. According to Japanese state broadcaster NHK, “he pronounced he is angry that an collision like this has happened again and that a profitable tellurian life has been lost,” and he asked for a U.S. military’s “full team-work with Japanese investigators and demanded measures to forestall a recurrence.”

Nicholson voiced condolences and “bowed deeply in apology,” NHK reported.

According to Stars and Stripes, troops in Okinawa have arrested a use member, identified as Lance Cpl. Nicholas James-McLean, “on guess of inattentive pushing ensuing in genocide and pushing underneath a change of alcohol.”

The ethanol anathema took reason immediately, and commanders in Japan are also going to be heading training on obliged ethanol consumption, according to a U.S. Forces, Japan.

“The immeasurable infancy of Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen, Marines and civilians in Japan offer honorably and make good contributions to a invulnerability of Japan,” a troops matter reads. “When a use members destroy to live adult to a high standards we set for them, it indemnification a holds between bases and internal communities and creates it harder for us to accomplish a mission.”

The Marine bottom on Okinawa is in a densely populated area. And as NPR’s David Welna has reported, long-established skeleton to pierce a bottom to another partial of a strategically located island are display signs of relocating forward.

At a same time, as David has reported, it’s value observant that 70 percent of Okinawans consider that a bottom should be changed onto mainland Japan. They consider they shoulder some-more than their share of a weight of U.S. troops participation there.