• Kyodo


A group of bar and restaurant owners in Sasebo, Nagasaki Prefecture, has submitted a petition to the mayor seeking the relaxation of a ban on nighttime drinking by U.S. Navy personnel stationed in the city, arguing the rule is seriously hurting business.

“Some were forced to close their establishments due to the decline in customers. Others are concerned about maintaining friendly relations with U.S. military personnel,” the petition handed Wednesday to Sasebo Mayor Norio Tomonaga said.

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