Japan “extremely concerned” as 136 COVID cases reported on U.S. bases

to Tokyo’s Haneda airport on Sunday, and like all other international arrivals they were given COVID-19 tests. The island sits closer to Taiwan’s capital, Taipei, than it does to Tokyo. Marine Corps Air Station Iwakuni, on the Japanese mainland, that an American couple and their 10-year-old daughter had tested positive for the virus after arriving from the U.S.The family flew in on a commercial flight from the U.S. He notably avoided giving specifics when pressed by reporters earlier this week. military reported its first cases there last week. But before getting the results of those tests, the family reportedly boarded a domestic flight — against rules barring newly-arrived passengers from public transport — to get to the Marine base.Health officials are now racing to track down and contact all people the family may have come into contact with during their travels.The Japanese capital, meanwhile, has raised its alert back to the highest possible level after the average rate of new daily infections exceeded the number reached under the state of emergency in April.CBS News’ Lucy Craft in Tokyo contributed to this report. ISSEI KATO/REUTERS

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U.S. military in Okinawa, Defense Minister Taro Kono has pointed to “several problems” with the U.S. installations with confirmed coronavirus infections include Camp Kinser, Marine Corps Airbase Futenma, Marine Corps Airbase Kadena, Camp McTureous and Camp Hansen. 

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COVID outbreak on U.S. Marine Corps’ Futenma Air Station in Ginowan, on Japan’s southernmost island of Okinawa, March 24, 2018. The area has been at the center of previous crimes involving U.S. military bases, said Okinawa governor Denny Tamaki, who flew to Tokyo Wednesday for a meeting with Defense Minsiter Kono to air his island’s grievances.”We’re extremely concerned,” Kono told the governor. U.S. bases on Okinawa, with the two hardest-hit under de-facto lockdowns. Get Breaking News Delivered to Your Inbox

Local media in Okinawa have reported that July 4th celebrations, both on and off the U.S. All American troops and their families on the island have been barred from leaving bases without approval, and banned from local restaurants and public transport. Stretching along a 25-mile swath of road on Okinawa’s southern half, U.S. response to the pandemic. Both bases are within five miles of the town of Chatan, a popular nightlife destination for U.S. bases on Okinawa


Okinawa, Japan — The biggest coronavirus outbreak within the U.S. Japan “extremely concerned” as 136 COVID cases reported on U.S. Marine Corps MV-22 Osprey aircraft are seen at the U.S. It’s a pivotal foothold for Washington, both to protect Asian allies including Japan, South Korea and Taiwan, and to project U.S. The coronavirus outbreak has only fueled that anger, which rose further with confirmation this week from U.S. military anywhere in the world continues to grow. Until then, all of Okinawa had seen only 148 confirmed cases of COVID-19 since February, with Japanese authorities managing to contain the spread of the virus that causes the disease. Japanese scientists say ventilation key to fighting COVIDIn a sign of the growing tension between Japanese officials and the U.S. military’s 50,000 troops in Japan are stationed on Okinawa, a subtropical island sometimes referred to as Japan’s Hawaii with an area about one third the size of Rhode Island. Mark Wilson/Getty

Nearly half of the U.S. service members, and it has been a thorn in the side of Okinawa’s prefectural government. Secretary of Defense Mark Esper (L) and Japanese Defense Minister Taro Kono speak to the media at the Pentagon, on January 14, 2020 in Arlington, Virginia. breaks record for new virus cases

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Among Washington’s military establishment, Okinawa has been called America’s “keystone” in the Pacific. Forces Japan confirmed Wednesday another 36 infections among troops on the Japanese island of Okinawa, bringing the total to at least 136 since the U.S. But medical experts warn the virus may have spread through multiple other vectors. “Okinawa residents are extremely anxious” about the spread of infection at U.S. bases, which hundreds if not thousands of people attended, may be at least partly to blame. power and be able to react to increasingly-aggressive military moves by China in the region, and the ever-present threat from North Korea. As of Wednesday, at least some restrictions had been imposed on five affected U.S. troops that has an area called the “American Village,” geared to the tastes of soldiers and tourists.  Kadena is the U.S.’ biggest base in Asia.