Drunk-Driving US Marine Kills 61-Year-Old Japanese Man in Okinawa

After fatal Okinawa accident, US service members restricted to base and banned from drinking alcohol

In response to drunk-driving Marine's accident that killed a 61-year-old Japanese man, USA forces have been forbidden from leaving base or drinking any alcohol.

The US military has barred troops in Japan from drinking alcohol or leaving their residences after a US Marine in Okinawa was accused of killing a local man in a auto crash.

All US military personnel stationed in Japan - approximately 50,000-strong - have been banned from either purchasing or consuming alcohol after a 21-year-old US Marine killed a 61-year-old male civilian in a drink-driving road accident on Okinawa island. Lance Cpl. David N. Hersey/U.S.

James-McLean has been taken into custody by the Okinawa police and has been charged with negligent driving resulting in death.

"I would like to convey my deepest regret and honest condolences to the family and friends of the Okinawan man who died as a result of this accident", he said, according to The Japan Times. "This includes in residences and public locations such as bars and clubs and hotels", U.S. Forces, Japan wrote.

USFJ announced it is now restricting service members on the island to their bases and places of residence due to the incident.

A statement by the 7th Fleet said "alcohol may have been a factor" in the deadly crash.

The U.S. military presence on the Japanese island has met with significant local opposition, with flare-ups in protests often occurring after high-profile criminal incidents involving U.S. servicemen. "When our service members fail to live up to the high standards we set for them, it damages the bonds between bases and local communities and makes it harder for us to accomplish our mission".

Onaga, who appeared stern-faced Monday as he handed his protest letter to a bowing Nicholson, has always been opposed to US military presence in his prefecture.

The man who caused the accident was "apparently a member of the US Marine Corps", NHK reports, adding that the breath alcohol test of the military truck driver showed the level of alcohol three times above the legal limit.

The move, considered the largest land return by the United States to Japan since 1972, came after swelling protests involving large crowds of Japanese who expressed their discontent throughout the summer after a USA contractor charged with raping and then strangling and stabbing a 20-year-old Japanese office worker.

"It's the same thing over and over again every time". Okinawa Governor Takeshi Onaga has also opposed the USA military presence on the archipelago.

"We don't think you are the "good neighbors" the USA military aspires to be, he added.

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