Friday, January 28, 2022

The movement of US forces in Japan is restricted to avoid the spread of COVID-19.


Starting Monday, U.S. troops stationed in Japan will be obliged to stay on-site “unless when absolutely essential,” as both countries work to contain the spread of COVID-19.

On Sunday, the US Forces in Japan and the Japanese government issued a joint statement stating that for the next 14 days, US servicemen will only be allowed to leave the base for “necessary duties.”

All individuals outside of their houses, both on and off base, must wear masks, according to US Forces in Japan. In addition, the command will continue to implement stringent pre- and post-arrival testing procedures.

“[US Forces, Japan] will regularly assess the COVID-19 situation in conjunction with the [Government of Japan] and make adjustments to these measures as appropriate,” the joint statement reads.

According to Politico, Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida stated on Sunday that U.S. forces will be expected to remain on base “unless when absolutely required.”

The new legislation comes at a time when COVID-19 cases are on the rise around the world, thanks in part to the highly transmissible omicron form.

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According to data collated by The New York Times, infections in Japan started modestly climbing this month after remaining low throughout November and December, while the case burden remains lower than during past waves of the epidemic.

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According to The Associated Press, the country authorized new mitigating measures on Friday to slow the spread of the new type in three of the most impacted regions, including earlier restaurant closing times, alcohol distribution restrictions, and prohibitions on large events.

The Japanese government and US Forces in Japan said on Sunday that they are “focused on implementing prudent, appropriate, and medically informed measures to contain the spread of the novel COVID-19,” citing the “extraordinary virulence of the Omicron variant spreading throughout Japan.”

The two organizations also stated that they will share case information and “discuss closely” future efforts to “control and minimize” the virus’s spread.


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