A United States Marine was involved is a deadly Okinawa accident. It was alcohol-related and there was a death of a Japanese citizen involved. That is a big social no-no in Japan. The United States military wants all the goodwill that it can muster from its allies.
The issue is especially sensitive on the Japanese Island of Japan that to its citizens, seem overrun with US Military presence. That is one reason for the strong reaction from higher command. As of this writing, a member of the United States Military cannot drink anywhere, anytime. Not even at home or in a barracks. Read on.
As Written By Jane Onyanga-Omara for USA Today:
The U.S. military has imposed an alcohol ban on all its troops in Japan after a U.S. Marine was involved in a fatal accident on the southern island of Okinawa that is suspected to have involved alcohol.
The military also said its forces on Okinawa — home to about half the 50,000 American troops based in Japan — must stay on base or at home.
Service members on Okinawa are banned from drinking in homes and in public places including bars, clubs, and hotels “until further notice.” Troops on mainland Japan are prohibited from buying or drinking alcohol on or off base.
“The new restrictions follow an accident Sunday morning in Naha in which a Okinawan man was killed when his vehicle was struck by a truck being driven by a U.S. service member. Alcohol may have been a factor,” U.S. Forces, Japan said in a statement.
The 21-year-old Marine has been named locally as Nicholas James McLean and the other driver has been identified as Hidemasa Taira, 61, The Washington Post reported. The fatal crash occurred in the city of Naha, the capital of Okinawa Prefecture.
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