Yokosuka bar closed to military after noise complaints
July 10, 2008
YOKOSUKA NAVAL BASE, Japan — No longer can active-duty servicemembers stop by the Kadoya chuhai stand in Yokosuka for "crazy strong" cocktails — the outdoors bar was put off limits July 1 due to noise complaints from neighborhood residents.
"Specifically, patrons were drinking on the sidewalk and creating a public noise disturbance," Lt. Jonathan Flynn, the base’s staff judge advocate, said in an e-mail to Stars and Stripes.
The bar is off limits at least through July 31, he said.
If the outdoors bar, located near Shioiri train station, wants its military customers back, its owners will have to meet with the base’s Armed Forces Disciplinary Control Board and prove they have taken "corrective actions," Flynn said.
This includes cutting off alcohol sales to "overly intoxicated and noisy patrons," asking people who fit that description to leave the area and notifying base security when unruly patrons create problems, he said.
Moreover, the board must be assured that the chuhai stand isn’t serving military customers beyond the Commander Naval Forces Japan alcohol consumption policy, which prohibits public drinking after midnight on weeknights and after 2 a.m. on weekends and holidays.
Another popular local club, Geodana, on Yokosuka’s Honch, was reprimanded last month for serving servicemembers past curfew.
After a brief "off limits" period, Geodana was struck from the restricted list June 6 after the club’s owner met with the board and promised to carefully observe the cutoff.
Yokosuka’s base commander Capt. Daniel Weed said that putting bars off limits works to prevent incidents from happening.
"Current measures have significantly reduced potential incidents and community complaints," Weed said in an e-mail.
Currently, Kadoya is the only bar off limits in Yokosuka.