UNRELEASED | Feb. 19, 2008
In response to recent allegations of unacceptable behavior by US service members,
Lieutenant Gen. Bruce A. Wright, Commander of U.S. Forces Japan has engaged with the US
Ambassador to Japan, Japanese government leaders, and US military service component
commanders to act in swift response to recent events. In addition to forming the “Sexual Assault
Prevention and Response Task Force” and through continuous and aggressive discussion and
deliberation, USFJ has generated recommendations and reached a mutual agreement that all USFJ
components will take additional actions to further reinforce and encourage the already high
standards of professionalism among US Forces serving in Japan.
On Friday, Feb. 22, all US military installations and units in Japan will participate in a unit
commander led “Day of Reflection” emphasizing professionalism and core military values.
US Forces in Japan consider all incidents involving service member misconduct very
seriously. Our personnel are continuously briefed on proper conduct while on liberty and are
expected to maintain the highest personal and professional standards at all times. As responsible
members of the Japanese community, we will continue to do everything possible to prevent
The overwhelming majority of our service members are behaving responsibly and are
serving as outstanding ambassadors in Japan. Every service member is expected to take personal
responsibility for his or her off-duty conduct and we will continue to be unwavering in our
commitment to maintain exemplary, high standards of professionalism.