Because of one dick, who decided to get behind the wheel of a car after drinking, nearly 19,000 U.S. sailors stationed in Okinawa, Japan aren’t allowed to drink anymore.
According to Reuters, a sailor was arrested recently on suspicion of DUI, after crashing and injuring two Japanese civilians. In response, the Navy removed off base liberty and told all 18,600 sailors there that they could not drink.
“For decades we have enjoyed a strong relationship with the people of Japan. It is imperative that each sailor understand how our actions affect that relationship and the U.S. Japan alliance as a whole,” Rear Admiral Matthew Carter, commander of U.S. naval forces in Japan said in a press release on Monday.
The statement says that the ban will last until “all personnel understand the impact of responsible behavior on the U.S.-Japan alliance.”
Man, that is some parent speak, but possibly necessary. The residents of Okinawa have long resented the U.S. presence there and the actions of American troops. The DUI incident comes just weeks after an ex-Marine was arrested for dumping the body of a woman police believe he killed.