US troops in Japan banned from drinking after fatal crash

A Japanese driver's damaged vehicle is placed at a police station in Naha, Okinawa, southern Japan Sunday, Nov. 19, 2017. Police on the southern Japanese island of Okinawa are investigating a fatal traffic accident that occurred Sunday when a truck driven by a U.S. Marine collided with the small truck at an intersection, killing the Japanese driver of the other vehicle. (Kazuki Sawada/Kyodo News via AP)

International Desk:

U.S. military personnel in Okinawa have been restricted to base and banned from drinking alcohol after a Marine was arrested over a crash that killed a Japanese man.

Media reports say police on the southern Japanese island arrested the 21-year-old Marine on suspicion of negligent driving resulting in injury or death and driving under the influence of alcohol. Kazuhiko Miyagi of the Okinawa police confirmed media reports that a breath test indicated the Marine had an alcohol level that was three times the legal limit.

Japanese media cited witnesses as saying the 61-year-old Japanese driver had the right of way when the crash occurred and the Marine may have driven through a red light.

Buying and drinking alcohol was banned for U.S. military personnel all over Japan.


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