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Stars and Stripes reporters across Japan and the world are sending disaster dispatches as they gather new facts, updated in real time. All times are local Tokyo time.  Japan is 13 hours ahead of the East Coast. So for example, 8 a.m. EDT is 9 p.m. in Japan.

For extended coverage, see the Earthquake Disaster in Japan page.
 



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    12:50 a.m. Wednesday, Tokyo time

This gives you a sense of the activity:

http://www.japanquakemap.com/

— Patrick Dickson
 

NAF Atsugi Skipper's Update

   11:55 p.m. Tuesday, Tokyo time.

Video address from NAF Atsugi skipper Capt. Eric W. Gardner.

See the video here.

— Dave Ornauer
 

Latest processing at Yokosuka

   11:50 p.m. Tuesday, Tokyo time

From Commander Fleet Activities Yokosuka Facebook page:

Currently processing all Category 1 and Category 2 (A-Z) for CFAY and both housing detachments.

— Dave Ornauer
 

Food donations accepted at Atsugi

   11:45 p.m. Tuesday Tokyo time

From NAF Atsugi's Facebook page:

110322@2332 There are a number of people who have elected to stay and have volunteered to cook food for the service-members, including the Marines who have been assigned here. If you are leaving & would like to donate any food to this cause, you may bring all your food items to the American Red Cross office in Bldg 71. Items that do not need refrigeration may be left at The Second Fiddle.

If you are staying & would like to help, please contact Ruthie Clearwater at the Red Cross office.

— Dave Ornauer
 

CDC fact sheet on potassium iodide

  11:30 p.m. Tuesday, Tokyo time

Potassium iodide is an important tool for protecting the thyroid against radioactivity in an emergency. But a fact sheet from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reinforces what officials on bases where the pills are being distributed have been saying: Potassium iodide should be used only as directed.

Read the CDC fact sheet on potassium iodide.

— Joe Gromelski
 

Developments in Japan's disasters, nuclear crisis

   11:28 p.m. Tuesday Tokyo time

From connected power lines to nuclear reactors to the most recent death toll count, The Associated Press has released a comprehensive rundown of the day’s events following Japan’s March 11 devastating earthquake and tsunami.

Read the rundown here.

— Sandra Jontz
 

DODEA Pacific update

     9:50 p.m. Tuesday Tokyo time

Updated Q&A from DODEA Pacific’s Facebook page with important information on pay continuity:

http://www.facebook.com/note.php?note_id=171124819605740

— Dave Ornauer
 

18th Wing commander to speak on AFN Okinawa

     9:50 p.m. Tuesday Tokyo time

Kadena's 18th Wing CO to address AFN Okinawa on Wednesday, from AFN Okinawa's Facebook page:

Tune in Wednesday afternoon at 4:00 to hear the 18th Wing commander discuss disaster relief efforts and how they could potentially impact Okinawa. He'll be on Wave 89.1 FM, Surf 648 AM and, if you live on base, you can tune your TV to the Pentagon Channel.

— Dave Ornauer
 

Misawa voluntary departures

     7:40 p.m. Tuesday Tokyo time

Updated information on voluntary departures, from Misawa Air Base’s Facebook page: http://tinyurl.com/6jzyqas

— Dave Ornauer
 

Distribution of tablets

     7:35 p.m. Tuesday Tokyo time

From Yokota Air Base’s Web page, re: distribution of potassium iodide tablets:

http://www.yokota.af.mil/news/story.asp?id=123247927

— Dave Ornauer
 

Voluntary departures

From NAF Atsugi Facebook page, re: processing dependents for voluntary departure:

     7:35 p.m. Tuesday Tokyo time

‎110322@1818 - ATTENTION: CATEGORY 1 with last name starting with J, please report to Cinema 77 at this time. ONLY “J” at this time.

— Dave Ornauer
 

Voluntary departures

     7:30 p.m. Tuesday Tokyo time 

From Fleet Activities Yokosuka’s Facebook page, concerning processing dependents for voluntary departures:

Currently processing all Category 1 and Category 2 (A-K) for Commander, Fleet Activities Yokosuka and both housing detachments.

— Dave Ornauer
 

From DODEA Pacific’s Facebook page:

     7:30 p.m. Tuesday Tokyo time

All DODEA Pacific schools will be open and operating on a normal schedule on Wednesday, March 23.

We are making day-to-day assessments based on coordination with our military partners and developments at the Fukushima nuclear power plant. The safety and well-being of our students and employees are top priorities and this schedule may change accordingly.

Please check back regularly for updates.

— Dave Ornauer
 

DODEA crisis centers open to help families and employees from Japan, Bahrain

     7:18 p.m. Tuesday Tokyo time

The Department of Defense Education Activity has established crises centers to assist parents of its students and employees who are affected by the voluntary evacuations in Japan and Bahrain.

The crises centers -- located in Arlington, Va.; Okinawa, Japan; and Wiesbaden, Germany -- are accessible by phone or e-mail 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

For parents of DODEA students or DODEA employees in Japan:

Assistance is available by calling: 0800-222-1993.  This will be answered by a DODDS Pacific Crisis Team member.

Assistance is available in the U.S. by calling the toll-free number 888-441-1587.  This will be answered by a DODEA HQ Crisis Team member. Callers will be helped by an action officer with access to, or expertise in, transition issues for parents or employees. 

The Okinawa crisis center is also available through e-mail at: evacuation.japan@pac.dodea.edu.

Parents or employees in the U.S. can also email DODEA at: evacuation@hq.dodea.edu.

For the current operational status of schools in Japan, go to: http://tinyurl.com/6kmf5lj

— Patrick Dickson
 

Japan: No need to enlarge evacuation zone

     5:49 p.m. Tuesday Tokyo time

Japan said Tuesday that there was no need to extend a 12-mile evacuation zone around its tsunami-damaged nuclear plant, despite elevated radiation readings outside the area, MSNBC.com reported.

More than 170,000 people have been moved out of the zone, a virtual no-man's land, since an earthquake and 30-foot tsunami smashed into the Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear power complex on March 11.

"At the moment, there is no need to expand the evacuation area," Chief Cabinet Secretary Yukio Edano told a briefing.

The latest available readings from an area six miles outside the evacuation zone show a level of 110 microsieverts per hour in the air, well below a level that would cause health risks but much higher than normal background levels.

MSNBC was using AP and Reuters.

-- Patrick Dickson
 

Yokosuka offering venue for caring for abandoned pets

   3:55 p.m. local Tokyo time

Yokosuka personnel interested in caring for abandoned pets can express their interest in the animals at the Fleet Recreational Center, Yokosuka officials told Stars and Stripes on Tuesday.

Yokosuka is working on a more permanent plan for adoptions, officials said.
The number of abandoned animals has been rising as more people leave the base, Yokosuka commander Capt. David Owen said during a broadcast message on the base command channel earlier Tuesday.

 “I’m now up to three turtles, two ferrets and a python, in addition to all the other cats and dogs we’ve been finding,” Owen said.

— Erik Slavin
 

Atsugi dental clinic update

   1:50 p.m. local Tokyo time 

Posted on the NAF Atsugi Facebook page:
‎Due to the Voluntary Military Assisted Departure for family members, the Main Dental Clinic will maintain normal working hours from 0730-1600 for cleanings and sick call only. The Flight Line Dental Clinic will be open for sick call.

— Matt Orr
 

Japan death toll surpasses 9,000

   1:25 p.m. local Tokyo time

From Reuters:
The official death toll from the devastating earthquake and tsunami that hit Japan earlier in the month has now exceeded 9,000, Kyodo news agency quoted the national police as saying on Tuesday.

Read full story here.
 

Yokota exempt from Fussa power outage

   12:50 p.m. local Tokyo time

Posted on the Yokota Air Base Facebook page:
Yokota Air Base will be exempt from today’s scheduled power outage.

— Matt Orr
 

TEPCO graph shows electricity usage

   12:42 p.m. local Tokyo time

In an effort to gain public participation and cooperation for energy conservation, the Tokyo Electric Power Company (TEPCO) started posting a graph that shows Use of Electric Power (within TEPCO service area) on its website.
The graph helps consumers to visually see how much electricity was used by hour as well as the supply at peak hours.
 
http://www.tepco.co.jp/en/forecast/html/index-e.html

— Chiyomi Sumida
 

Yokosuka, Zama schools report low attendance Tuesday

   12:33 p.m. local Tokyo time

Between roughly 60 percent to 70 percent of students did not show up for class at Yokosuka Naval Base schools Tuesday, school employees told Stars and Stripes. Today was the first day of school since Thursday, when the military announced that it would assist families in voluntarily leaving Japan. The schools were instructed to reopen today by Diana Ohman, Pacific director of the Department of Defense Education Activity.
Also, staff are being allowed to ride school buses to and from school, reportedly because of recent restrictions on gasoline.

Additionally, 29 percent of students at Zama-area schools were not in attendance Tuesday, school officials told Stripes.

— Erik Slavin and Dave Ornauer
 

Fussa to experience power outage this afternoon

   12:07 p.m. local Tokyo time

Posted on the Yokota Air Base Facebook page:
‎There will be a scheduled power outage in Fussa sometime between 3:20 to 7 p.m. The maximum duration of the power outage will be 3 hours.

— Matt Orr
 

Atsugi officials telling base residents to pick up potassium iodide pills

   12:01 p.m. local Tokyo time

Posted on the NAF Atsugi Facebook page:
‎Anyone on base [all dependents, active duty, visiting TAD members (i.e. V-R squadrons), all base employees (i.e. MLC, MWR, DoD civilian, contractors, etc) report to Halsey Gym until 4 p.m. today to pick up your tablets.
BE SURE TO BRING PROPER IDENTIFICATION FOR EVERY PERSON THAT WILL GET TABLETS, i.e. if you’re picking them up for family members bring a copy of their CAC, passport, birth certificate or Social Security card. Medical CANNOT distribute any tablets without proper ID.
DO NOT TAKE THEM AT THIS TIME – WE WILL INFORM YOU IF THAT BECOMES NECESSARY.
After 4 p.m., tablet pick up will be available at the clinic with the duty section.

— Matt Orr
 

Yokota begins distributing potassium iodide pills

   11:55 a.m. local Tokyo time

Yokota Air Base began distributing potassium iodide pills to residents at 10 a.m. at hangar 15. Officials ask that one person per household retrieve the pills and complete the associated paperwork.
Yokota officials said the measure was strictly precautionary and warned residents not to take the pills.
KI pill distribution at Yokota will continue until 10 p.m. Tuesday after which residents can get the medicine at the urgent care center at Yokota’s hospital, according to the base.
Meanwhile, hundreds of military families were flying out of Yokota Tuesday as part of the mass voluntary evacuation underway in Japan.

— Charlie Reed
 

Air quality at NAF Atsugi is fine

   11:37 a.m. local Tokyo time

Posted on NAF Atsugi Facebook page:
‎Air quality at NAF Atsugi is fine. The latest radiological readings at NAF Atsugi are .01 mRems which is less than minimal detectable activity. What does that mean in plain English? The air is fine.

— Matt Orr
 

Atsugi outages canceled for the week

   11:35 a.m. local Tokyo time

Posted on the NAF Atsugi Facebook page:

‎Just to clarify, TEPCO has agreed to cancel all outages this week for NAF
Atsugi. However if load shedding is urgently needed to preserve Japans power
grid TEPCO will give NAFA a two hour advance notice before cutting power.
Again please understand that NAVFAC FE has no control over Japans electric
company. Thank you for your understanding and patience.

— Matt Orr
 

Employee, dependent entitlements during authorized voluntary evacuation

   11:02 a.m. local Tokyo time

• Posted on the Department of Defense Education Activity (DoDEA) Facebook page

There is a new Fact Sheet posted on our website regarding
ALLOWANCES AND TRANSPORTATION ENTITLEMENTS FOR EMPLOYEES AND/OR DEPENDENTS DURING AN AUTHORIZED EVACUATION (3/21/2011)
http://www.dodea.edu/home/japan-evacuation.cfm?cId=employ

— Matt Orr
 

DODEA dependents can be accompanied on departures

   10:59 a.m. local Tokyo time 

From the Department of Defense Education Activity Facebook page:

Accompanying DoDEA Dependents to a Safe Haven...
In accordance with the Department of State Standardized Regulations, as included in the DoD Joint Travel Regulations, an employee accompanying dependents, unable to travel alone, to the official or authorized alternate safe haven is reimbursed for travel and transportation expenses (1) there and back to the PDS; or (2) there and to the employee's official safe haven.

— Matt Orr
 

School guidance for families departing

   10:34 a.m. local Tokyo time

School guidance for families volunteering to depart, from DODEA's Facebook page:

Departure from Japan is a decision each family must weigh for themselves. DoDEA will continue to be assessing options as we progress in this ever-changing situation. That said, families needing information about how DoDEA will be responding to the various questions and concerns regarding situations families will find themselves having several options:

1. DoDEA has a dedicated email address set up for families with questions regarding their child's educational needs and the voluntary departure. Parents can send questions to evacuation.japan@hq.dodea.edu

2. For more urgent matters, there is also a DoDEA crisis team set up with toll free numbers for both those in Japan and those already in the USA The Japan (PAC) toll-free number is 0800-222-1993. This will be answered by a DoDDS Pacific Crisis Team member. In the United States, the toll-free number is 888-441-1587. This will be answered by a DoDEA HQ Crisis Team member.

3. In addition, a special webpage has been added to the DoDEA site with information for parents. http://www.dodea.edu/home/japan-evacuation.cfm

4. Please view each school's intranet sites as well.

Please feel free to contact me with questions and/or concerns.

Rheamia Burns

— Dave Ornauer
 

DODEA Pacific schools operating on normal schedule

   10:32 a.m. local Tokyo time

Update on school session situation from DODEA Pacific's Facebook page:
All DoDEA Pacific schools will be open and operating on a normal schedule on Tues. (3/22).

We are making day-to-day assessments based on coordination with our military partners and developments at the Fukushima nuclear power plant. The safety and well being of our students and employees are top priorities and this schedule may change a...ccordingly. Please check the DoDEA Pacific Facebook page regularly for updates.

— Dave Ornauer
 

Yokota voluntary departure flight update

   10:29 a.m. local Tokyo time

From Fleet Activities Yokosuka's Facebook page re: new show time evacuation flight from Yokota.

*** Reminder - time change for 0420 scheduled departure ***
Personnel scheduled for the 0420 a.m. departure must now muster at 2000 (8 p.m.) tonight at the Fleet Recreation Center. The bus will pick up passengers at long-term parking by Main Gate and Commissary from 1800 (6 p.m.)

— Dave Ornauer
 

Updated health highlights from DODEA Pacific

   10:27 a.m. local Tokyo time

Updated health highlights from DODEA Pacific's Facebook page:

http://www.facebook.com/notes/dodea-pacific/dodea-pacific-health-highlights-radiation/171384276246461

— Dave Ornauer
 

USFJ update on voluntary departures

   10:25 a.m. local Tokyo time

Updated Q & A about voluntary departures via USFJ's Facebook page:

http://www.usfj.mil/Stories/Japan%20Earthquake%20Tsunami/Voluntary%20Departure/FAQ%20(1900%2021%20Mar%2011).pdf

— Dave Ornauer
 

Updated travel warning from State Department

   10:23 a.m. local Tokyo time

Updated travel warning from State Dept. via CNFJ's Facebook page:

http://www.facebook.com/#!/notes/commander-naval-forces-japan/us-embassy-news-travel-warning-japan-updated-march-21/10150123488530768

— Dave Ornauer
 

Japanese stock futures rise as nuclear crisis eases

   9:29 a.m. local Tokyo time

From Reuters:

Japanese stock futures rose as the country made progress in stabilizing reactors at a crippled nuclear plant. Australian stocks climbed.
American depositary receipts of Toyota Motor Corp., Honda Motor Co. and Nissan Motor Co., Japan’s top three carmakers, jumped more than 5 percent from the closing share price in Tokyo on March 18. Japanese markets were closed for a public holiday in Japan yesterday. Macquarie Group Ltd., Australia’s largest investment bank, gained 2.2 percent in Sydney today.
Futures on Japan’s Nikkei 225 Stock Average expiring in June closed at 9,505 in Chicago yesterday, compared with 9,130 in Osaka, Japan, on March 18. They were bid in the pre-market at 9,500 in Osaka at 8:05 a.m. local time. Australia’s S&P/ASX 200 Index gained 0.2 percent today. New Zealand’s NZX 50 Index increased 0.5 percent in Wellington.
The Nikkei 225 (NKY) plunged 10 percent last week on concern the effects of the earthquake and devastated reactors will hurt a recovery in the world’s third-largest economy.
“The nuclear issue has calmed,” said Fumiyuki Nakanishi, a strategist at Tokyo-based SMBC Friend Securities Co. “People focused on low valuations will probably buy stocks.”

Read full story here.
 

No immediate health risk in contaminated food

   9:08 a.m. local Tokyo time 

From CNN International:

Short-term exposure to food contaminated by radiation from Japan's damaged Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant poses no immediate health risk, a spokesman for the World Health Organization said Monday.
The United Nations organization initially said the food safety situation was "more serious" than originally thought. But spokesman Peter Cordingley said Monday that the assessment was based not on the levels of contamination but on the fact that radioactivity was found in food beyond the 30-kilometer (18.6-mile) evacuation zone.
"It's new and something we're watching," Cordingley said.

Read full story here.

Defense Commissary Agency-West released a statement on Monday assuring military families that "no Spinach is being procured from the Ibaraki prefecture for any U.S. military installation in Japan. And, there is No milk or any other locally produced food product being procured from the Fukushima prefecure for any U.S. military installation in Japan."

— Tim Wightman

Overnight developments in the nuclear plant crisis

   6:50 a.m., local Tokyo time

CONTAINMENT AT THREE REACTORS INTACT. U.S. regulators say although reactors at units 1, 2 and 3 have seen damage to their cores, their containment structures are holding. Still, smoke rose from two of the units Monday, and emergency workers trying to cool the reactors and reconnect power lines were forced to pull out. Officials at the Fukushima Dai-ichi plant have been battling to bring the reactors and spent fuel pools under control since the complex was damaged in the quake and tsunami.

RADIATION FOUND IN SOME FOOD, WATER. Water and vegetables have been contaminated by trace amounts of radiation, though the government says not at levels that are dangerous to human health. Still, it has banned the sale of raw milk, spinach and canola from some areas, while the World Health Organization calls on Japan to do more to reassure the public about food safety. Residents of one village are advised not to drink the tap water after elevated levels of iodine were found. Tokyo Electric says iodine and cesium above normal levels also were detected in seawater near the nuclear plant, but a senior International Atomic Energy Agency official says the ocean is capable of absorbing vast amount of radiation with no effect.

NUCLEAR CHIEF SAYS CRISIS EXPOSED WEAKNESSES. The head of the IAEA, Yukiya Amano, says an update to nuclear safety standards should be considered. But he defended the agency's actions in the current crisis and gave no clear answer on whether he though the IAEA standards should be mandatory.

WORLD BANK SAYS RECONSTRUCTION MAY TAKE FIVE YEARS. The World Bank says Japan may need five years to rebuild from the earthquake and tsunami, which have caused up to $235 billion in damage. The disaster will likely shave up to 0.5 percentage point from the country's economic growth this year, the bank says in a report, adding that the impact will be concentrated in the first half of the year. The bank cites damage estimates between $123 billion and $235 billion, and cost to private insurers of between $14 billion and $33 billion. It says the government will spend $12 billion on reconstruction in the current national budget and "much more" in the next one.

NISSAN TO RESTART MORE AUTO, PARTS PLANTS IN JAPAN. Nissan plans to resume auto and parts production at more Japanese factories this week, but it may be several months before inventories and other elements of the country's auto industry return to normal. The automaker says it will resume production of parts at five plants Monday. It then plans to resume vehicle production Thursday as long as supplies last. Most of Japan's auto industry shut down after the March 11 disaster. The industry still faces rolling blackouts and infrastructure problems that may hamper it until mid- or late summer. Nissan says the restarted plants will not be at full production.

— The Associated Press
 

No quick fix seen for leaking nuclear plant

   6 a.m. Tuesday, local Tokyo time

Officials raced Monday to restore electricity to Japan's leaking nuclear plant, but getting the power flowing will hardly be the end of their battle: With its mangled machinery and partly melted reactor cores, bringing the complex under control is a monstrous job.

Read the latest from the AP about the nuclear crisis.
 

Cooling pumps need to be replaced

   5:20 a.m. Tuesday local Tokyo time

Some of the pumps in the cooling system for Reactor No. 2 at the Fukushima nuclear power plant need to be replaced, according to the Associated Press. It was unclear how long it would take to bring in new pumps. Shutting down all of the plant’s reactors is expected to take weeks.

-- Jeff Schogol
 

NRC official: Fukushima situation ‘on the verge of stabilizing’

   3:15 a.m. Tuesday local Tokyo time

The executive director of the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission gave an upbeat assessment of the situation at the Fukushima nuclear power plant, according to theLos Angeles Times.

"I say optimistically that things appear to be on the verge of stabilizing,” the newspaper quoted him as saying.

Earlier on Monday smoke was seen rising from one of the reactors but there did not appear to be a spike in radiation levels.

-- Jeff Schogol
 

DODEA's Q&A on radiation

   3:15 a.m. Tuesday, Tokyo time

A good, sensible Q & A from DODEA Pacific's Facebook page regarding radiation and just what kind of danger there is out there:

http://www.facebook.com/notes/dodea-pacific/dodea-pacific-health-highlights-radiation/171384276246461

— Dave Ornauer
 

Ticketing passengers for voluntary departure

   12:15 a.m. Tuesday Tokyo time

From Fleet Activities Yokosuka's Facebook page:

Personnel Support Detachment/Consolidated Ticketing Office has resumed processing eligible family members for commercial tickets. PSD has plenty of packages on hand that they are QC'ing through the night. Command Reps ONLY can bring remaining packages to PSD as early as 7 a.m. on Tuesday.

—Dave Ornauer
 

Emergency visa services

   11:30 p.m. Monday Tokyo time

From the Naval Legal Service Office Pacific's Facebook page, about emergency visa services (not the credit-card type):

Click here.

— Dave Ornauer
 

Continuing your child’s education

   10:20 p.m. Monday Tokyo time

From NAF Atsugi via DODEA Pacific Facebook page, updated information for students on voluntary departure, continuing their education while gone:

Read details here.

— Dave Ornauer
 

Atsugi bank hours

   10:15 p.m. Monday Tokyo time

From NAF Atsugi's Facebook page:

Community Bank is open at 1 p.m. Tuesday on NAF Atsugi.

— Dave Ornauer
 

Allowances and transportation entitlements

   10 p.m. Monday Tokyo time

From DODEA Pacific's Facebook page, updated and abbreviated list of entitlements and benefits for the authorized voluntary departures:

Read details here.

— Dave Ornauer
 

USS George Washington underway

   10 p.m. Monday Tokyo time

From Fleet Activities Yokosuka's Facebook page:

USS George Washington got underway from Yokosuka today to assure she can sustain a state of readiness in the long term for the defense of Japan. The forward deployed carrier is scheduled to remain in the local waters off Japan. Moving USS George Washington is a precaution given the capabilities of the vessel and the complex nature of this disaster.

— Dave Ornauer
 

Atsugi flight update

   9:35 p.m. Monday Tokyo time

From NAF Atsugi's Facebook page; skipper's latest address:

Watch video here.

— Dave Ornauer
 

Voluntary departure flight

   9:35 p.m. Monday Tokyo time

From NAF Atsugi's Facebook page; next voluntary departure flight:

All Category 1 (Category include expectant mothers, families with infants to two years old and special needs) with last names starting from D through G, expect to assemble at Cinema 77 on Tuesday March 22 at 4 p.m. (DO NOT SHOW UP EARLY) This flight has approximately 125 seats available. The destination is Seattle-Tacoma International.

Category 1 with last names starting H through K are on standby. Category 1 with last names starting H through K, DO NOT report to Cinema 77 unless directed. DO NOT show up early or park in front of Cinema 77. When you arrive at Cinema 77, place your baggage and pet carriers under the sign that corresponds to the first letter of your last name.

The next scheduled flight is Wednesday March 23 in the afternoon.

NOTE: The airlines are only allowing 15 large pet carriers per flight. Passengers may be pushed to the next flight if all pet slots are full. There is no restriction on pet carriers small enough to fit under the seat in front of you.

Military-assisted voluntary departure of dependents categories:

No. 1 - Expectant mothers, families with infants to two years old and special needs.

2 - Families with children 3 to 6 years old.

3 - Families with children 7 to 12 years old.

4 - Families with children 13 years old and above or no children.

5 - Families in other categories who decided to depart at a later time.

*** The only pets allowed for travel are dogs and cats with the proper paperwork in authorized pet carriers ***

— Dave Ornauer
 

10 p.m. flight out of Yokota canceled

   8:15 p.m. Monday, Tokyo time

From Fleet Activities Yokosuka’s Facebook page:

The 10 p.m. flight out of Yokota is canceled. New departure time is 4:20 a.m. Tuesday. Please be at the Fleet Rec by 2 a.m. Bus will pick up passengers at long-term parking by main gate and commissary at 2 a.m.

— Dave Ornauer
 

Flight schedule procedures:

   8:15 p.m. Monday, Tokyo time

From Fleet Activities Yokosuka’s Facebook page:

Voluntary departure flight schedule methods:

1) CTO - If you had your paperwork processed at PSD, you will receive an e-ticket through your email along with your travel itinerary. Your flight will go through Narita and buses will depart from PSD. They are no longer accepting new requests through the CTO method. All flights are now going through method 2.

2) Fleet Rec - If you had your paperwork processed at Fleet Rec, you will receive a wristband instead of a ticket. Flights processed at Fleet Rec will fly out of Yokota. Buses will leave for these flights at the following locations: Fleet Rec Center, long-term by Main Gate and the commissary parking lot. All new flight requests will go through method 2 only. Please wait till your category is called before heading to the Fleet Rec for processing.

— Dave Ornauer
 

Yokosuka town hall meeting set

   8:15 p.m. Tokyo time

From Fleet Activities Yokosuka’s Facebook page:

There will be a town hall meeting at the Benny Decker Theater on Tuesday at 5:30 p.m. Special guests will be Adm. Patrick M. Walsh, commander, U.S. Pacific Fleet, and Adm. Robert F. Willard , commander of U.S. Pacific Command.

— Dave Ornauer
 

Yokosuka town hall meeting postponed

   5:23 p.m. Tokyo time

Inclement weather prevented Adm. Robert Willard, head of Pacific Command, and Pacific Fleet commander Adm. Patrick Walsh from flying to Yokosuka Naval Base to participate in a town hall meeting this evening, Navy officials told Stars and Stripes. The meeting has been postponed, but no make-up date has been set.

— Erik Slavin

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