The US Navy has issued a total alcohol ban for its sailors in Japan and placed restrictions on their movement to curb a string of crimes that has angered the locals.
The announcement came a day after an American sailor was arrested on the Japanese island of Okinawa for drunk driving.
Naval Officer Aimee Mejia, 21, was arrested shortly after midnight on Sunday after Okinawa police said she drove the wrong way on a busy highway under the influence of alcohol, causing accidents.
Rear Admiral Matthew Carter, commander of US naval forces in Japan, said a recent “trend” of alcohol-related incidents was detrimental to the US-Japan alliance.
“For decades, we have enjoyed a strong relationship with the people of Japan,” Carter added. “It is imperative that each Sailor understand how our actions affect that relationship.”