The U.S. armed forces in Japan on Wednesday announced that restrictions on off-base drinking by its personnel in Okinawa have been eased.
The restrictions were put in place in December 2012 following a spate of incidents involving inebriated American soldiers that included acts of vandalism and assault. The restrictions were loosened last year to allow off-base drinking -- a maximum of two alcoholic drinks -- from 6 p.m. until 10 p.m.
According to the new police, U.S. military personnel may now drink as much alcohol as they like, except between midnight and 5 a.m., the U.S. military said in a statement.
However, local residents have expressed uneasiness at the loosening of restrictions, NHK reported. Since November, there have been four reported incidents concerning rowdy soldiers, as well as one alleged hit-and-run case.© Japan Today