Community News Briefs

By U.S. Army Garrison Japan Public AffairsJune 6, 2023

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The following news briefs are provided to help keep our community informed about what’s happening on our U.S. Army Garrison Japan installations.

To submit your information for publication, email full details (who, what, when, where, why and how, along with contact information) to 


Internship Program for Host-Nation College Students

U.S. Army Garrison Japan is offering a four-week-long internship program for host-nation college students at Camp Zama and Kure Pier 6 from Aug. 7 through Sept. 1.

This is an excellent opportunity for students interested in learning more about what it’s like to work in an international workplace, while also developing beneficial career skills.

Students will have the unique opportunity to work alongside Soldiers, civilians and Japanese personnel, while experiencing native English conversation and American culture.

The program offers a wide variety of positions, that will allow participants to deepen their understanding of “work” through on-the-job experiences, field trips, group work, presentations and more.

If you or someone you know is interested in learning more about this program, please check out the QR code for full details and available positions or visit

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Early Bird Youth Sports Physicals

The BG Crawford F. Sams Clinic will be conducting early bird school physicals! Please call the appointment line at 262-4175 or 046-407-4175 to schedule it as soon as possible.

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DoDEA Pacific Conditional Enrollment

Effective June 1, DoDEA Pacific high schools have begun offering conditional enrollment to military-connected students entering grades nine through 12 who will be moving to Japan, Okinawa, Korea or Guam due to permanent change of station orders. Conditional enrollment allows students to select courses and build a class schedule prior to arrival in the Pacific!

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Summer Bowling Pass at Zama Bowling Center

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Zama Libraries Summer Reading Program

“Find Your Voice!” is this year’s theme for the 2023 Zama Libraries Summer Reading Program. Open to all ages! Online registration starts June 10. Call 263-3517 or 046-407-3517 for more information.

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USARJ 248th Army Birthday Ball

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New Hours of Operation for Camp Zama Vehicle Registration Office

The U.S. Army Garrison Japan Vehicle Registration Office, located at Gate 1, will be open under new hours of operation beginning the week of June 19.

The new hours are:

Monday through Wednesday and Friday: 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Thursday: Noon to 4 p.m.

Call 263-4810 (046-407-4810) for more information.

Tourist Passport Event

An appointment-only event to assist community members over the age of 16 with applying for a tourist passport will be held June 22 from 8 a.m. to noon at the Camp Zama MPD Transition Assistance Program office in Bldg. 102, Rm. D-107.

See the attachments below for more information on how to make an appointment, the request form, and all necessary supplementary documentation to bring.

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Independence Day Open-Post Event

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No-Drone Zone

All U.S. Army in Japan installations are “no-drone zones,” meaning all drone usage is prohibited. That includes the very popular toy drones.

Also be advised that Japan has strict drone usage laws and if you intend to fly one off post, you should ensure you understand those laws.


Time Change for Booking Space-Available Appointments

The BG Sams U.S. Army Health Clinic recently changed the time for space-available patients to call for scheduling a same-day appointment. The time has changed from 11 a.m. to 10 a.m., and calls can be made to DSN 262-4175 or 046-407-4175.

Additional information on space-available care can be found at