Japan asks the US to keep its military on bases due to covid


Archive image.  Members of the United States Army.

Archive image. Members of the United States Army.

Photo: TIMOTHY A. CLARY / AFP / Getty Images

Yoshimasa hayashi, Japanese foreign minister, said he spoke by phone with the US secretary of state, Antony blinken, and that in the conversation the second promised to make an effort to guarantee citizenship, although It was not clarified if the country’s military will be ordered to confine themselves to their bases.

This within the framework of Japan’s intention that the US military not leave the bases to prevent further spread of the coronavirus.

Thomas R. Barger, spokesman for the US forces in Japan, assured that there is a team working to study the incidence and trends of the virus in the country Japan, but stressed that he could not comment on the order.

Hayashi’s petition, The Associated Press notes, occurs when The United States has promised stricter measures to curb the spread, among which it stands out that all its personnel, vaccinated or not, wear face masks on their bases at least until they receive a third negative test, and that they use them at all times when leaving them.

Meanwhile, there is criticism of the United States for an increase in cases in places where it has large bases, as in Okinawa and Iwakuni, in southern Japan.

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