Japan has asked U.S. troops to stay in their bases in these areas, especially after the addition of strong COVID.

Tokyo – Japanese Foreign Minister Yoshimasa Hayashi said Thursday that US troops would remain inside their bases in Japan to prevent further spread. COVID-19.

Hayashi said he spoke by telephone with US Secretary of State Anthony Blanken and promised to work hard to ensure the health of the people. It was not immediately clear if a base curfew would be imposed.

Major Thomas R. Berger, a spokesman for the U.S. military in Japan, said he could not comment on the request, but added that a team was carefully monitoring cases and trends.

Hayashi’s request comes as the US military promises tougher measures to stem the flow of cases. Berger said the new measures require all personnel, even when fully vaccinated, to wear masks at the base until the third negative corona virus test, and to wear masks for everyone outside the base. The order has been repeated.

The US military is in the spotlight.

The U.S. military says more than a dozen people have been killed in the Corona virus outbreak in areas where there are large numbers of people, including Okinawa and Iwakoni, both in southern Japan.

Tamaki blames US troops for the “dangerous increase” in cases against Okinawa, which are more affected than the rest of Japan. He promised financial support to businesses that comply with the sanctions.

Prime Minister Fumio Kishida said he had decided to tighten the virus in Okinawa, Yamaguchi prefecture, where Iwakuni is located, and in Hiroshima.

“Immediate action is needed in view of the rapid spread of the Omicron variety,” he said.

These measures focus on reducing the amount of time that alcohol can be served in restaurants and bars and prepare the healthcare system to respond to growing issues. The measures will be formalized on Friday after Kashida meets with experts and submits a report to parliament.

Kashida also stressed that he fully supports Hayashi’s request to the US military.

Earlier in the day, Okinawa Governor Danny Tamaki sent a request to the Japanese national government for permission to strengthen the prefecture’s anti-virus measures.

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A daily record of 981 people in Okinawa tested positive for COVID-19 on Thursday. In December, there were zero new cases in a few days.

“If we all work together, we hope there will be fewer cases,” Tamaki told reporters.

Japan has never had a lockdown, but from time to time measures have been taken to restrict people’s activities, such as requesting stores and restaurants to close sooner or to serve fewer people. Such measures were taken in September.

Yamaguchi Prefecture also sent a request to the national government to strengthen anti-virus measures after confirming 181 daily COVID cases. Yamaguchi prefecture officials suspect the disease has been spread by US and Japanese military personnel working on Iwakoni.

Cases are steadily rising across Japan, including Tokyo, where 641 new cases were reported on Thursday, up from 390 the previous day. The Tokyo government has so far refused to impose sanctions on Yoriko Kwaike.