Sailors in Japan grudgingly accept travel restrictions, alcohol ban

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Michael Nelson, second from right, a Navy petty officer second class who works as an intelligence specialist with the 7th Fleet out of Yokosuka Naval Base, Japan, and Devon Hays, right, a petty officer second class assigned to the USS Blue Ridge, patrol Honch, a drinking district outside the base popular with servicemembers, Monday, June 6, 2016. TYLER HLAVAC/STARS AND STRIPES
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Michael Nelson, second from right, a Navy petty officer second class who works as an intelligence specialist with the 7th Fleet out of Yokosuka Naval Base, Japan, and Devon Hays, right, a petty officer second class assigned to the USS Blue Ridge, patrol Honch, a drinking district outside the base popular with servicemembers, Monday, June 6, 2016. TYLER HLAVAC/STARS AND STRIPES

Sailors in Japan grudgingly accept travel restrictions, alcohol ban

by: Tyler Hlavac | .
Stars and Stripes | .
published: June 08, 2016

YOKOSUKA NAVAL BASE, Japan — Mike’s, a Tex-Mex restaurant regularly visited by Americans, had only two customers for the dinner rush hour. The rest of the Honch, a popular drinking district right outside Yokosuka Naval Base, was mostly deserted, too.

With the Navy imposing a ban Monday on nonessential travel off base, only commuters, civilians and sailors conducting quick errands could be seen by nightfall. The new restriction, along with a ban on drinking on or off base, hit fast.

The few sailors who were out said they had been expecting some kind of new restrictions in the wake of a wave of misbehavior that has included sailors being arrested for rape and a drunken-driving crash on Okinawa.

 

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