U.S. Marines face nighttime curfew

Kyodo

The U.S. military will impose a nighttime curfew on almost all Marine Corps troops with the rank of sergeant or lower to prevent crime, U.S. military newspaper Stars and Stripes reported Thursday.

Marines and sailors of those ranks at bases in Japan — not only those in Okinawa Prefecture, but also Camp Fuji, Shizuoka Prefecture, and Iwakuni base, Yamaguchi Prefecture — will be restricted from leaving the bases between midnight and 5 a.m., beginning June 11, according to the paper.

It is the first time a curfew has been imposed on U.S. service personnel since one was enforced in Okinawa during the Group of Eight summit held there in July 2000, according to the Foreign Ministry’s office in Okinawa.

Marine Lt. Gen. Robert Blackman, commander of U.S. Marine Corps bases in Japan, said the curfew is in response to crimes involving U.S. service members in Japan, which have been on the rise since 1998, the paper said.