USFJ curfew, drinking rules eased on mainland for New Year's Eve

YOKOTA AIR BASE, Japan — U.S. Forces Japan is relaxing curfew and alcohol restrictions on the mainland so the Army, Navy and Air Force can celebrate the New Year with their Japanese hosts.

The restrictions — imposed last year following a spate of off-base crime and misbehavior — ban off-base drinking from midnight to 5 a.m. and include a late-night curfew for troops ranked E-5 and below at U.S. bases in Japan.

Okinawa-based troops are subject to additional measures that limit off-base drinking to two alcoholic drinks with dinner at off-base restaurants between 6 and 10 p.m. The curfew and other restrictions will remain in effect for servicemembers there and for Marines on the mainland.

A memo from USFJ commander Lt. Gen. Sam Angelella, posted on several military Facebook pages Monday, states:

“In order to allow our military members and their families to celebrate the arrival of the New Year with their Japanese hosts, the Commander of U.S. Forces, Japan, authorized a one-day modification to the current Japan-wide Liberty Policy.”

According to the post:

For New Year’s Eve, E-1 through E-5 curfew hours will be 1 a.m.-5 a.m. Prohibition of public consumption of alcohol for all servicemembers, regardless of grade, will take effect at 12:30 a.m.

All other liberty policies, including the more restrictive measures on Okinawa and a rule requiring lower-ranking servicemembers to travel in pairs when they head off-base in the evening, remain in effect, officials said.

Camp Foster officials said the loosened liberty policy applies to Army, Navy and Air Force personnel on mainland Japan only. Normal curfew, off-base drinking and liberty restrictions remain in effect for service members on Okinawa, as well as III Marine Expeditionary Force and Marine Corps Installations Pacific Marines on mainland Japan.

Stars and Stripes staffer Lisa Tourtelot contributed to this report.


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