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U.S. Agrees to Restrict Troops to Base After Japan Outbreaks

The US Marine Corps Air Station Futenma in Okinawa.
The US Marine Corps Air Station Futenma in Okinawa.Photographer: Jinhee Lee/NurPhoto/Getty Images

The U.S. agreed to limit military personnel’s movements off base in Japan, after regional governors blamed American troops for helping to introduce the omicron variant of Covid. 

For two weeks starting Monday, U.S. Forces Japan personnel will only be allowed outside military facilities for activities deemed essential, the two sides announced in a statement late Sunday. The U.S. said it had also required mask-wearing for all personnel when outside of their homes and would maintain pre-departure and post-arrival testing requirements.