February 26, 2024

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Lockdown for US forces in Japan due to COVID-19 epidemic rising

Lockdown for US forces in Japan due to COVID-19 epidemic rising


Lockdown for US forces in Japan due to COVID-19 epidemic rising.   U.S. Forces Japan, “only essential activities” outside the area Japan-US joint statement.

Prime Minister Fumio Kishida speaks at the COVID-19 Infectious Diseases Control Headquarters after deciding to apply “Priority Measures to Prevent Spread” to the three prefectures of Okinawa, Yamaguchi, and Hiroshima.


In response to a series of large-scale infections of the new coronavirus in and around U.S. military facilities in Japan such as Okinawa and Yamaguchi prefectures , the Japanese and U.S. governments told U.S. military personnel in Japan on the 9th.

For 14 days from the 10th, it was announced that it would be limited to “only essential activities” outside the facility / area.


The Japan-US Joint Committee issued a joint statement. In addition, it was confirmed that all U.S. Forces Japan personnel will be obliged to wear masks outside their homes, inspections at the time of immigration, and restrictions on behavior for 14 days after entry will be strictly maintained and enforced.


According to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs , “essential activities” assume public affairs, going to hospital, going to school, etc., and do not include eating and drinking at restaurants. At the Foreign Affairs and Defense Ministerial Meeting (2 plus 2) on the 7th, the Japanese government requested the US side to take measures to strengthen the response, including the introduction of restrictions on going out.


Prime Minister Fumio Kishida emphasized in an NHK news program on the morning of the 9th that “the infection is spreading in the facilities and areas of the USFJ and in the surrounding local governments. I am deeply concerned.” “Early, we will firmly restrict unnecessary outings. We will not allow unnecessary outings. We are working on details (with the US side),” he said.


He added, ” We have given instructions at the Japan-US Joint Committee under the Japan-US Status of Forces Agreement to hold a firm discussion on health and hygiene.” However, regarding the review of the SOFA itself, he said, “I am not thinking about stepping into it.”


Regarding the rapid spread  of the new corona infection nationwide, he acknowledged that “if there is a tight crisis (in the medical care provision system), we must also consider behavioral restrictions.” rice field





Lockdown for US forces in Japan due to COVID-19 epidemic rising

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