TOKYO — The deadline to pay the 2011 road tax for all status of forces agreement personnel in mainland Japan and Okinawa has been extended from May 31 to July 31, the Pacific Region of Installation Management Command announced this week.

The extension comes in part due to military personnel being deployed as part of the ongoing Operation Tomodachi military relief efforts following the March 11 earthquake and tsunami — as well as military families still returning to Japan from the States as part of the authorized voluntary departure program.

The road taxes, mandated by Japanese law and based on vehicle engine size, are collected at U.S. military installations across Japan around this time each year. Department of Defense personnel are required to pay their road taxes in order to receive their base vehicle decals for 2011.

Those who miss the opportunity to pay on base can make the payment through their local Japanese tax office, post office or select convenience stores.

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