Alcohol, Liberty Ban For US Troops In Japan After Deadly Car Crash

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Less than a day after a 61-year-old Japanese citizen was killed when a Marine collided with his car in Okinawa, U.S. Forces Japan announced that it was cutting off local liberty for all troops in the region and prohibiting the consumption of alcohol until further notice.

As's Hope Hodge Sack reports, the deadly crash occurred around 5:30 a.m. local time Sunday in Naha, Okinawa. According to Associated Press reports, a Marine driving a truck collided with a smaller truck at an intersection, killing the Japanese driver. The AP reported the Marine, who came away with slight injuries, had a blood alcohol level three times the legal limit at the time of the incident.

Military officials have not identified the service member or publicly identified the individual as a Marine.

The commander of III Marine Expeditionary Force, Lt. Gen. Lawrence Nicholson, released a statement saying that Marine officials were still gathering the facts and would work with Japanese authorities to investigate the causes of the accident.

"I would like to convey my deepest regret and sincere condolences to the family and friends of the Okinawan man who died as a result of this accident," Nicholson said. " ... You have my promise that I will rigorously work to determine the cause of the incident, and take every possible step to keep this from happening again."

In the meantime, off-base privileges for troops in Okinawa had been suspended until further notice.

"Marines, Soldiers, Sailors and Airmen must return to quarters and cease consuming alcohol effective immediately. Alcohol consumption and alcohol sales stop for all US Forces until further notice," an announcement from III MEF officials, posted to the command's official Facebook page Sunday, read. "Off base liberty is NOT permitted in Okinawa."

Troops with authorized leave are now required to leave Okinawa to take it.

This stringent liberty policy is the most restrictive of the three tiers imposed on Okinawa in accordance with operational requirements. According to the 2016 liberty order published by U.S. Forces Japan, this level of restriction "may be driven by a [foreign criminal jurisdiction] incident that threatens host nation basing and/or the U.S. ability to complete its operational mission."

It's far from the first time that liberty or alcohol consumption has been curtailed after an off-base incident involving a service member in Okinawa. It is almost a routine step following a high-profile incident involving U.S. troops. And in 2016 alone, there were at least three such incidents.

In June 2016, a Navy petty officer was arrested for injuring three locals in a drunk driving incident in which she drove the wrong way down a street and crashed into two cars.

Prior to that, in March 2016, a Navy seaman apprentice was charged with raping a Japanese woman while under the influence of alcohol.

The current incident comes with especially bad timing for U.S. military officials, taking place on the same week as the murder trial for Kenneth Franklin Gadson Shinzato, a Marine veteran who was working as a civilian employee at Kadena Air Base. He is accused of murdering a 20-year-old Okinawan woman, Rina Shimabukuro, on April 28, 2016, and disposing of her body. The trial is ongoing in Naha.

In December 2016, Nicholson signed a new "Drugged and Drunk Driving Awareness and Prevention Campaign" designed to curtail the prevalence of service members driving under the influence.

"I can tell you that although the numbers are down this year, we still will not rest. We will continue to work very, very hard because one is too many, and we have an obligation to ourselves and to the citizens of Okinawa to eliminate all cases of drinking and driving," Nicholson said, according to a Stars and Stripes report.

More than 50,000 U.S. troops are stationed in Okinawa. The vast majority of them are Marines.

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What a disgrace.

wee-weed up's picture



No doubt the upper brass who instituted this on the troops...

Have their own sources of booze...

And can go anywhere they want citing official business.

Paul Kersey's picture

WTF are U.S. troops doing in Okinawa, anyway? The Okinawans have wanted the U.S. military out of there for decades. Imperialism at its worst.

HillaryOdor's picture

Gotta spend all that tax money somewhere.  Otherwise how are you going to justify all those taxes?  We can't just let people keep their own money.

Jack McGriff's picture

The Japanese don't fucking play when it comes to DUI.  If you are a passenger in a car with a drunk driver, you will get a ticket for $800!!  Smart and probably one of the few laws that actually works as a deterrant.  Unless you are a nigger because nothing deters the pavement ape.  Laws be rayciss white man cracker sheiiit.  We wuz kangz!

HowdyDoody's picture

The same needs to apply to the USN. Five of their ships have crashed into civilian vessels.

BlindMonkey's picture

It is high time to cease the occupation of Japan. 

Joe Davola's picture

'high time' - LOL

Considering the number of ship crashes we've had recently, maybe they need to clear the hooch out of the wheelhouse and captain's quarters while they're at it.

CheapBastard's picture

100% of the rapes against Japanese girls in Okinawa are committed by one particular entitled group within the troops.


Can anyone guess what subhuman group that is?

UmbilicalMosqueSweeper's picture

How many people did the sub-human, filthy Japs rape...and murder?

crazzziecanuck's picture

That is factually incorrect, unless you define American as subhuman.  I'm sure the Japanese, Koreans, Afghanis, Iraqis, Libyans, Syrians, Vietnamese, Serbians, just to name a few, may agree.

This guy sure looks black to me.  About as much as Elizabeth Warren looks native:

Anyone who thinks of another person (bankers not included) as "subhuman" will get scorn from me and anyone else with a brain.

UmbilicalMosqueSweeper's picture

Fuck you, we own it...spoils of war and all that. The Japs are lucky that the Chinese, Filipinos, Koreans, Americans, etc., etc., etc. didn't kill all of them!

BlindMonkey's picture

Add the Soviets to the list and you might have an argument. 

Gaius Frakkin' Baltar's picture

So which risk factor is greater? Alcohol ir race?

Chief Wonder Bread's picture

Military garrison duty breeds alcoholism. But alcohol releases some of the tension where sexual opportunities with the local women are limited. They need to bring in some Zim Mugabean "pleasure women".

I'm sure the Japs won't mind.

7thGenMO's picture

+1, the Japs are smart enough to keep that sweet, "Ko-Nee-Chee-Wa" poon-tang to themselves - almost no immigration allowed.

Out with The Empire's negroid and genetically degraded white shock troops!

HenryKissingerZuckerberg's picture

no problem, the have IMMUNITY...

NotApplicable's picture

As I learned the day I checked into Camp Hansen, Okinawa will never be abandoned willingly as it's their "Keystone to the Pacific."

I've walked through that gate drunk many a time, never drove through it drunk, though. Funny thing is, not one troop in 500 in Okinawa even has a car, as deployment is a year for individuals, and 3-6 months for units.

So morale should be at an all-time high.

UmbilicalMosqueSweeper's picture

We won the fucking war. Remember?

shovelhead's picture

The US Navy is having a rash of navigational difficulties.

Russian hacking again?

BlindMonkey's picture

We must immediately investigate the Russian hacking of alcohol sold in Japan to Marines!!!

veritas semper vinces's picture

That's not the first time. Multiple similar murders related to alcohol consumption and multiple rapes and killings of rape victims.

Every year the population in Japan,especially in the Okinawa,protests against the Murikans and tells them to go home.

Mena Arkansas's picture

US Military Personnel Have Committed Nearly 6k Crimes in Okinawa Since 1972

Juggernaut x2's picture

And people think these brainless military nitwits(or cops) are going to side with any "Restore the Constitutional Republic" nationalist movement.

Vilfredo Pareto's picture

History suggests they will do here exactly as they have done in Venezuela and elsewhere.

UmbilicalMosqueSweeper's picture

More than 250,000 Japanese and Americans lost their lives during the Battle of Okinawa, which lasted for two months and twenty-one days.

robertocarlos's picture

Two dead per minute for 83 days. Carnage.

IronForge's picture

So the Fuck what, Sniveling Piece of Shit?


Were you there?  

I know that my Late Father was in the Theater.

The Hegemon have been killing thousands of people for Decades

A. Boaty's picture

We have to have a military presence in Japan in case they try the Pearl Harbor thing again.

UmbilicalMosqueSweeper's picture

We own Japan. They lost the fucking war!

Fahq Yuhaad's picture

Soon the naval base will be full of discharged seamen.

Cautiously Pessimistic's picture

So.....what you are saying is that we should .... PULL OUT?

CompassionateConservative's picture

I'm tired of these racist japs whining about the rapes and murders that our brave shabbos nigger goyim commit over in Japan.  I'm going to write to (((Bibi))) and tell him to order the United States golem to nuke the japs again!  They're sick racist bastards who don't want to import savages from the third world who will work hard and pay their pensions for fuck's sake!!!

GodSpeed_00's picture

They should send the white boys like Steven Dale Green who raped and killed the 14 year old Iraqi girl after murdering her family in the next room. Good ol civilized high IQ whiteys like that will do good in Japan and show superior American culture!

UmbilicalMosqueSweeper's picture

O conquered peoples...Fuck you!

Multi's picture

hahahahahha...  I love you man.  Top Kek.

0valueleft's picture

Alcohol, Liberty Ban For US Troops In Japan After Deadly Car Crash, Gold Slumps!

kbohip's picture

Let's close the base down and place those 50k soldiers on the border between the US and Mexico.  No wall needed when there is a line of soldiers watching it.  I know, we have to protect Japan from the next Godzilla attack so the base will remain open.  

CompassionateConservative's picture

That's racist and defending the borders of the US is not in the job of the military.  The military is to be used EXCLUSIVELY to serve Israel, Our Greatest Ally, and for nothing else*!


*Unless the white goyim get uppity then it can be used to mass murder them like during Waco.

Mr. Schmilkies's picture

do we still need to guard the Nips over there?  Are we afraid the Nips will bomb pearl harbor again?  I would think the Japs are getting pretty tired of us squatting over there. 

I say this with a hint of sarcasm.