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Businesses say drinking curfew hurting revenues

Date Posted: 2010-06-24

Businesses operating outside U.S. military installations say they’re feeling the effects of a drinking curfew that prohibits GI’s from patronizing their bars and clubs after midnight.

The commanding general of III Marine Expeditionary Force and the Okinawa Area Coordinator, Marine Lt. Gen. Terry Robling, put the revised policy into effect June 11th that stops military personnel from all services from being in any bar, club or other establishment where alcohol is a primary business. Such businesses immediately protested the order, saying it was unnecessary and unfair.

After two weekends of the restriction, businesses in areas outside bases that are traditionally patronized by Americans complain their businesses are already suffering. “Normally half of our customers are military people,” says one bar owner, “but now we don’t have military customers anymore.” While conceding “I understand the reasoning behind this restriction, but our club has never had any trouble with military people and now our club sales have gone so much down.” Saying “we have to think how to make money with Japanese customers,” he says he’s worried about further sales drops.

The revised liberty policy is not a curfew, both military leaders and the businesses themselves acknowledge. It does not prohibit soldiers, sailors, airmen and marines from being off base after midnight—as was the case several years ago when the former Okinawa Area Coordinator imposed an actual curfew—but does ban alcohol consumption or being in establishments that primarily sell alcohol. Restaurants and izakayas, where food is the predominant enterprise and alcohol is secondary, are not off limits and GI’s may patronize them.

Bars and clubs in downtown Naha City say the patronage prohibition doesn’t appear to be working well, noting an increase in “military looking guys” frequenting Kokusai Street. The chairman of the Koza Gate 2 Street Merchant Association, Seiei Gakiya, notes that the problems have been caused by a few. “What’s wrong with military personnel is that after they drink they hang around in the bustling city center until late, like 2 a.m. or 3 a.m., and sometimes make some trouble.” Gakiya proposes the better solution is to add military police patrols around the cities instead of punishing businesses with directives that amount to off-limits orders. “We want military people staying outside late to learn manners and reform their lifestyle,” he said.

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