Yokota to observe 'quiet hours' on Japanese schools' testing days
January 26, 2006
YOKOTA AIR BASE, Japan — Yokota has granted a request by local prefectural officials for “quiet hours” on certain days over the next month as Japanese students tackle high school and university entrance examinations.
The petition surfaces annually and has no connection to any noise complaints aimed at the base by surrounding cities, said Capt. David Westover, a 374th Airlift Wing spokesman.
“We’ll continue to honor these requests in an effort to foster mutual support and understanding from our surrounding Japanese communities,” he said.
Yokota’s quiet hours are normally in effect from 10 p.m. to 6 a.m. daily.
In separate letters to the base, Tokyo, Saitama and Kanagawa prefectures appealed for extra time on designated days set aside for the listening-comprehension segment of entrance exams.
Westover said flying operations at Yokota would be scaled back as follows: from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday, from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. Feb. 22, from 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Feb. 23 and from 2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. Feb. 27.
The move won’t affect this week’s Operational Readiness Exercise, which runs through Friday, or the wing’s ability to carry out routine operations, he added.
“The impact will be minimal,” he said. “It’s only for a brief period of time.”