U.S. Military Bans Alcohol for Troops Across Japan After Fatal Crash in Okinawa
In the wake of a fatal crash in Okinawa, the U.S. military has banned all service members in Japan from drinking alcohol. A Japanese driver was killed Sunday in a collision with a Marine, who reportedly had a blood-alcohol level three times the legal limit. “It’s the same thing over and over again every time. I’m speechless,” said Takeshi Onaga, Okinawa’s governor. The commanding general of U.S. Marine Forces Japan released a statement conveying his “deepest regret and sincere condolences to the family and friends of the Okinawan man who died as a result of this accident.” The military has also reportedly ordered all service members stationed in Okinawa to stay on their base or in their homes.