US Marine in Japan arrested for drunk driving after deadly crash

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"Effective immediately, USA service members on Okinawa are restricted to base and to their residences", the announcement read. He was three times over the legal limit in the breath test, they said. Okinawa Governor Takeshi Onaga has also opposed the USA military presence on the archipelago.

The 2-ton military truck collided with the minitruck at an intersection in Naha at around 5:25 a.m. The serviceman suffered minor injuries.

The US Marine Corps confirmed the accident in a statement, expressing "sincere condolences" to the family of the dead man and promising full cooperation with the investigation. Alcohol consumption has also been prohibited by all service members on or off bases across Japan.

A witness told NHK that Taira had been making a right turn when the Marine drove through a red light and crashed into Taira's truck.

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

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Japan's Ministry of Foreign Affairs issued a statement confirming that the Marine had been driving under the influence of alcohol.

Stars and Stripes, the military newspaper, published a photo of a sign attached to Yuengling Lager boxes inside a store at Yokosuka Naval Base declaring: "Alcohol purchase is suspended until further notice".

Although no one died in that crash, it came as service members were supposed to be on curfew, a restriction imposed after a former Marine and current military contractor was arrested on suspicion of raping and killing a local woman.

There are around 100,000 U.S. personnel in Japan, including 54,000 military personnel, 42,000 dependents, and 8,000 civilian employees of the department of defense. A majority of Okinawans, according to polls, agree the base should be moved out the prefecture.

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