US troops in Japan get New Year's curfew extension
News On Japan via stripes.com -- Dec 27
Some U.S. troops in Japan can ring in 2013 outside the gates thanks to a one-night-only New Year's Eve curfew extension granted Tuesday by the top U.S. military commander in Japan.
Those on Okinawa, however, must still abide by the 11 p.m.-5 a.m. curfew, imposed in October after two sailors allegedly gang-raped a woman on Okinawa.
The exemption allows troops on the mainland to stay out until 1 a.m. "to enjoy the arrival of the New Year with their Japanese hosts" although they must stop drinking by 12:30 a.m., Air Force Lt. Gen. Sam Angelella wrote in a memo to all military personnel in Japan.
Angelella ordered the curfew "to demonstrate to our Japanese hosts that we're serious about our relationship" and to "jolt" servicemembers into being good neighbors, Angelella said last week.
A handful of subsequent arrests prompted other commanders to clamp down even further on troops. The Navy, for example, now requires all sailors to be at home by 11 p.m. And on Okinawa, servicemembers cannot buy or consume alcohol off base.
Fewer than 40 pct of residents and commuters in Tokyo take specific measures to prepare for a possible huge earthquake beneath the Japanese capital, despite high awareness on disaster prevention, a Metropolitan Police Department survey showed Friday. (Jiji Press )
The man under arrest for fatally stabbing one man and wounding three others during a 10-minute rampage in Kashiwa, Chiba Prefecture, on Monday night, told police on Thursday that he wanted to hijack a plane at Haneda airport and fly it into Tokyo Skytree to take revenge on society. (Japan Today )
The 24-year-old suspect in the murder of a man on a street in Kashiwa, Chiba Prefecture, on Monday is believed to have posted a profile online in which he identified himself as a "celeb NEET," meaning a celebrity without a job, according to local online news site J-Cast News. (Japan Times )
The proportion of single nonregular Japanese male workers in their 20s who have girlfriends stood at 18.7 pct in 2012, against 30.7 pct for regular employees, a government survey revealed Thursday. (Jiji Press )
Police in Kashiwa, Chiba Prefecture, on Wednesday night arrested a 24-year-old unemployed man over four knife attacks within 10 minutes that left one man dead and three others injured on a street. (Japan Today )