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NEWS | June 16, 2016

Alcohol Restriction Eased for Sailors in Japan

By Commander, U.S. Forces Japan and Commander, U.S. 7th Fleet

YOKOSUKA, Japan (NNS) – Commander, U.S. 7th Fleet (C7F) and Commander, U.S. Naval Forces Japan (CNFJ) have loosened the temporary alcohol restriction put in place June 6 for all Sailors in Japan.

Effective immediately, Sailors are permitted to consume alcohol on base or in their own personal off-base housing units.  The temporary off-base alcohol restriction remains in effect.  Personnel located in Okinawa will continue to follow the provisions of the Period of Unity and Mourning in effect there.  Navy civilian employees, contractors and family members are asked to show solidarity with the uniformed component and refrain from consuming alcohol off-base at this time.

“The temporary restriction on alcohol was not intended to be a punishment, nor was it ever intended to be permanent,” said Rear Adm. Matthew Carter, CNFJ.  “We took this pause to train and reflect on the dangers of alcohol abuse.  We must all be on the lookout to step in before alcohol-related incidents jeopardize our relationship with Japan.

"Sailors in paygrades E-5 and below who intend to consume alcohol at on-base facilities, such as restaurants and base clubs, are required to have a liberty buddy.  Off-base liberty plans will still be required for all personnel E-5 and below.

“We are taking this latest step because our Sailors have demonstrated that they understand the strategic impact of their performance on liberty,” said Vice Adm. Joseph Aucoin, C7F.  “We can take further steps after our Sailors demonstrate the ability to drink responsibly.  Responsible behavior by our Sailors in Japan is critical to our ability to provide security and stability in the Indo-Asia-Pacific.”