Changes announced for some US civilian personnel in Japan
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published: July 05, 2016
TOKYO — The United States and Japan announced new procedures Tuesday aimed at toughening standards for civilians working on U.S. military bases in Japan, two months after an alleged homicide by a base contractor touched off massive protests targeted at the military on Okinawa.
The procedures could put civilians and contractors into four categories and “strengthen mechanism and procedures” to exclude workers who already have Japanese residency visas from the status of forces agreement, according to a June 29 draft of the agreement obtained by Stars and Stripes.
Department of Defense civilians and contractors in Japan are now expected to attend the same training events as their active-duty counterparts, U.S. Forces Japan commander Lt. Gen. John Dolan said at a joint meeting attended by two Japanese cabinet officials and U.S. Ambassador to Japan Caroline Kennedy.
“For contractors and civilians under SOFA, I have added contract specifications that all workers will sign an acknowledgement of SOFA responsibilities, which can later be used, if needed, in any adjudication or incident review,” Dolan said in a prepared statement Tuesday.