Booze ban likely means a dry Thanksgiving for Japan-based servicemembers
YOKOTA AIR BASE, Japan — Servicemembers in Japan can expect a ban on alcoholic beverages to last at least through Thanksgiving, a wing commander told troops Tuesday in western Tokyo.
Over the weekend, the U.S. military ordered servicemembers in Japan not to buy or consume alcohol “until further notice” after Okinawa police arrested Lance Cpl. Nicholas James-McLean, 21, on suspicion of negligent driving resulting in death and driving under the influence of alcohol.
Hidemasa Taira, 61, was killed early Sunday after his minitruck was involved in a collision with a military-owned vehicle driven by James-McLean. Naha police planned to refer the case to prosecutors on Tuesday.
Lt. Gen. Lawrence Nicholson, commander of U.S. Marines in Japan, told Okinawa's anti-bases governor that he would step up efforts to make sure all Americans on the island understand that such accidents will not be tolerated, Japan's NHK television reported Tuesday.
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