Barred from one means barred from all
YOKOTA AIR BASE, Japan — If you get banned from one U.S. base in Japan, don’t count on being able to enter another.
In an agreement signed this month, all U.S. military bases in Japan and Okinawa will share names of people barred from entering their facilities and enforce the debarments of other bases.
The names on the list will also be forwarded to base civilian personnel offices throughout Japan in case barred individuals try to get jobs on other bases.
“This means that if you are barred from one, you’re barred from all,” said Marine Maj. Neil F. Murphy, deputy director of public affairs at U.S. Forces Japan.
This agreement will enhance the ability of U.S. forces to identify and prevent barred individuals who have committed serious misconduct on other installations or posed unacceptable risks to those installations from entering other bases, Murphy said.
In the past, troublemakers who have been barred from entering a certain base have gone to other bases in Japan to start trouble all over again, Murphy said.
In addition, all “bar from entry” orders written in the future will include language that states that the order applies to all U.S. military facilities in Japan.
Murphy pointed out that this agreement does not limit or infringe on the individual installation commander’s authority to grant permission to enter a base, and that a barred individual can seek permission from the commander to enter a facility.