USFJ to relax alcohol restrictions instituted after fatal crash on Okinawa
YOKOTA AIR BASE, Japan – U.S. Forces Japan will loosen alcohol restrictions imposed after a fatal Nov. 19 vehicle accident involving a 21-year-old Marine on Okinawa.
The revised rules, which take effect at 4:30 p.m. Thursday local time, allow servicemembers to purchase alcoholic beverages on base and drink them in their on- or off-base homes, Maj. George Tobias, a 5th Air Force spokesman, told Stars and Stripes.
“The purchase or consumption of alcohol off-base is still not permitted with the exception of one's own off-base residence,” he said.
Alcohol sales are still prohibited at some U.S. facilities in Japan, such as at the New Sanno Hotel and Hardy Barracks in Tokyo and Kadena Marina on Okinawa, Tobias said.
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