Military easing travel restrictions between Tokyo, Misawa
MISAWA AIR BASE, Japan — The 35th Fighter Wing has eased travel restrictions for personnel traveling to and from Tokyo, according to Misawa officials.
Both the Tohoku Expressway and the Tohoku bullet train line are now authorized for official and unofficial travel, according to a message released by the 35th Fighter Wing.
The highway and train are within the U.S. military’s 50-mile “no-travel zone” around the Fukushima nuclear plant, but they “have been surveyed and declared safe,” according to the message.
Travelers are authorized to stop at expressway rest areas and service stations, but are urged to minimize stops between the Shirakawa exit and the Murata Junction. Any deviations off the route — such as being detoured because of road construction — should be reported to the military upon return.
While utilizing the train, travelers are warned not to exit the train, unless required, at any stop between Shin-Shirakawa and Sendai stations.
Tenant commands and civilians are urged to follow the wing’s policy, according to Misawa officials.