US Military In Japan Restricted From Leaving Base Or Consuming Alcohol Following This Incident
Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Andrew B. Church
Following the Allied victory over Imperial Japan in 1945 the United States Military has held a presence on Okinawa. There have been some tensions on the base over the years and a few incidents reported due to behavior. But last night things went too far and after a drunken serviceman caused the death of a local man and things are going to be a lot stricter for the military.
A United States serviceman killed a 61-year-old Okinawa man in a car accident last night. A 21-year-old marine named Nicholas James-McLean was arrested and was found to have three times the legal limit. As a result of the death officials from the base have restricted all units from leaving the base and from consuming alcohol.
“Effective immediately, U.S. service members on Okinawa are restricted to base and to their residences. Until further notice, alcohol consumption is prohibited. This includes in residences and public locations such as bars and clubs, and hotels.
Additionally, U.S. service members on mainland Japan are prohibited from purchasing or consuming alcohol, on or off base.”
This is simply the straw that broke the camel’s back, there have been other crimes committed by US Military personnel against civilians which include rape, robbery and other violence. Where do you stand on this issue? Is it just one man’s poor decision ruining it for everyone or it is necessary to maintain the peace?