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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 usag.japan@gmail.com. 


Independence Day Open-Post Event

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Two Playgrounds on Camp Zama to Be Closed for Maintenance

Two playgrounds on Sagamihara Family Housing Area, 132-33 and 132-58, will be closed July 3 for repairs to replace the gazebo roofs.

The alternate closure date in case of inclement weather is July 4.


Driver Education Course

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 Bon Odori Festival

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Camp Zama Vacation Bible School

Camp Zama's Vacation Bible School will be held Aug. 7 through 11 from 1 to 4 p.m. each day. This year's VBS is titled "Twists & Turns."

Each day, children should meet at Camp Zama's Outdoor Recreation Center (inside the Community Recreation Center). From there, groups will move to the Religious Education Center for VBS activities.

To sign up, you can scan the QR code by clicking on and expanding the header image. You can also email campzamaVBS2023@gmail.com or call 046-407-5950 from your cellphone for more information.

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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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Walk-In Contraception Clinic

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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.

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 https://bg-crawford.tricare.mil/Getting-Care/Space-Available-Care.