Fuel rationed at some bases in Japan
YOKOTA AIR BASE, Japan — Officials at the various services’ exchange outlets said Monday that some fuel rationing is in place, but policies will be evaluated on a day-to-day basis.
Yokosuka Naval Base, as well as the Negishi and Ikego housing areas, have placed a 10-gallon per vehicle/per person limit on purchases.
Misawa Air Base in the northernmost part of Japan’s main Honshu island, the area hardest hit by Fridays’ earthquake, has also instituted a 10-gallon per vehicle/per person ration at this time.
Shawn Dorcy, Japan area manager for AAFES, said the exchange is working with local suppliers, who provide fuel through a DOD contract.
“We are continuing to work through our contract liaisons Defense Energy Support Center (DESC) officials who assist us in working with companies who supply gas to Exchange facilities in Japan and Okinawa to ensure fuel is available for all our valued customers.”
At Yokota Air Base in the greater Tokyo area, no rationing is planned at this time. Nor is any rationing planned for Camp Fuji, some 50 miles southwest of Tokyo, or at Camp Zama, 22 miles to the southwest of the capital city.
Nearby Naval Air Facility Atsugi had no response at this time.
Sasebo Naval Base, some 30 miles north of Nagasaki in the country’s far southwest, has no plans to ration gas.