Alcohol ban on US troops in Japan after car crash
Tokyo: The US military has banned all its personnel deployed in Japan from drinking or buying alcohol after one of its servicemen was involved in a deadly crash on Okinawa island linked to drunken driving.
The accident took place on Sunday when 21-year old Marine Nicholas James-McLean, whose blood alcohol level was allegedly three times the legal limit, crashed his military vehicle into a small truck, killing the driver on the southern Japanese island.
In a statement on Monday, the US Forces, Japan, confirmed that one its service members had been involved in the accident and said that "alcohol may have been a factor".
The military also announced "mandatory training to address responsible alcohol use, risk management and acceptable behaviour" for all its troops across Japan.