Travel restrictions may end soon, but alcohol ban to remain

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Vice Adm. Joseph Aucoin, commander of the Navy's 7th Fleet, talks with sailors about recent restrictions on liberty and alcohol consumption during a meeting at Yokosuka Naval Base, Japan, on June 7, 2016.   ERIK SLAVIN/STARS AND STRIPES
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Vice Adm. Joseph Aucoin, commander of the Navy's 7th Fleet, talks with sailors about recent restrictions on liberty and alcohol consumption during a meeting at Yokosuka Naval Base, Japan, on June 7, 2016. ERIK SLAVIN/STARS AND STRIPES

Travel restrictions may end soon, but alcohol ban to remain

by: Erik Slavin | .
Stars and Stripes | .
published: June 08, 2016

YOKOSUKA NAVAL BASE, Japan — The ban on nonessential trips off-base will likely end soon, but rules forbidding alcoholic drinks for sailors in Japan will last longer, 7th Fleet commander Vice Adm. Joseph Aucoin said Tuesday.

The Navy announced the restrictions Monday after a “negative trend” of incidents involving alcohol, some of which forced President Barack Obama and other senior officials in recent weeks to divert time from other issues to apologize to Japanese leaders.

The off-base ban will end, Navy officials said, once unit command officials finish remedial training, focusing on incident prevention and how bad behavior can upend U.S. strategic moves in the Asia-Pacific region.

 

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