Japan curfew doesn't affect on-base Halloween parties
News On Japan via stripes.com -- Oct 24
Let the ghoulish good times roll. On base, that is.
Military-sponsored Halloween events planned for this weekend at bases across Japan are still on, officials say, despite the recently imposed curfew for all U.S. servicemembers in the country.
Troops might be spooked out of plans to party in Tokyo or other Japanese cities, but they need not fear haunting military bases during the witching hours - or going home after the military parties die.
From the midnight showing of "The Rocky Horror Picture Show" at Camp Zama to the late-night "Good vs. Evil" Halloween party at Yokosuka Naval Base, troops are permitted to attend such events even though many end during restricted hours, military officials say.
"Travel during curfew hours directly to and from a military installation is authorized for official duty, attendance at an on-installation activity or to attend an installation-sponsored MWR/recreation event or activity," U.S. Forces Japan told Stars and Stripes by email Tuesday.
Troops who live on one base but want to attend military-sponsored event at another base have two choices: reserve a room at the on-base hotel or get approval from an O-6 in their chain of command to return to their base after curfew, USFJ spokesman Capt. George Tobias said Wednesday.
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