Off-base drinking ban, midnight curfew lifted for US troops in Japan
YOKOTA AIR BASE, Japan — The U.S. military has lifted alcohol restrictions and a midnight curfew for Japan-based servicemembers imposed last month after a fatal vehicle accident on Okinawa.
“As of noon today, normal liberty and alcohol consumption polices are back in effect for U.S. military members located or operating in Japan,” said an Air Force statement issued Wednesday.
The order reversed restrictions put in place Nov. 19 after Marine Lance Cpl. Nicholas James-McLean, 21, was involved in a head-on collision that killed a 61-year-old Okinawan man. The Marine was operating a government vehicle while off-duty and reportedly had a blood-alcohol content of 0.09 — three times Japan’s legal limit.
All 50 U.S. states have set 0.08 as the legal limit for driving under the influence or driving while impaired.
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