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SASEBO NAVAL BASE, Japan — U.S. Forces Japan is urging servicemembers and other personnel to avoid participating in Japan’s national census later this month.

Census workers will be polling households around the country from Sept. 23 to Oct. 7 and may approach servicemembers or others who are living off base in Japan under a status of forces agreement visa.

Those residents are not supposed to be recorded in the census, according to the Statistics Bureau of Japan.

SOFA personnel should identify themselves as a SOFA resident and should not provide polling information, USFJ said in a news release.

Personnel living on a U.S. installation are not likely to be approached by census workers. However, census workers will be given access to U.S. facilities to interview any non-SOFA personnel who may be on the base, according to USFJ.

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