Community News Briefs

By U.S. Army Garrison Japan Public AffairsOctober 11, 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

Feedback on Community Yard Sales

U.S. Army Garrison Japan would like community feedback on yard sales. Should we conduct them or do most families just sell used items via online platforms? If we do host community sales, how many times a year? What would you like to see for the sales?

You can send us a private Facebook message or email the Public Affairs Office at:

Thanks in advance for any thoughts you want to provide!

Flu Vaccine Campaign

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Domestic Violence Awareness Month Events

October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month, and U.S. Army Garrison Japan has planned several activities under this year’s theme of “United Against Domestic Abuse.”

The Family Advocacy Program has a month full of exciting activities focusing on building and maintaining healthy relationships, addressing the red flags of unhealthy relationships, and ensuring the community knows their resources to address domestic violence.

Every Friday, we would like for the entire community to wear some form of Purple. Purple represents and raises awareness for domestic violence.

Every Wednesday, the FAP team will be conducting outreach at various Camp Zama and Sagamihara Family Housing Area business. Look for us while we’re out and about.

Oct. 13: Strike Out Domestic Violence and Bowling Pin Decorating Contest. Wear purple to honor the victims and support the survivors, and you will receive one free game of bowling, shoes included, from 5 to 9 p.m. at the Camp Zama Bowling Alley.

Oct. 20: Purple Pumpkin Decorating Contest at Army Community Service on Camp Zama.

Volunteers Needed for Off-Post Events

Sagamihara City Komorebi Forest Park Cleanup – Oct. 14

Community volunteers are needed Oct. 14 for a cleanup event at Sagamhara City’s Komorebi Forest Park. (Sagamihara Chuo Green Area, 8-5 Onodai, Minami Ward, Sagamihara City) There are two sessions: 9 to 11:30 a.m. or 1 to 3:30 p.m. Transportation will not be provided, and there is no parking. Organizers are asking volunteers to travel by public transportation or bicycle. Full details are available upon registration.

Sagami River Area Cleanup – Oct. 29

Community volunteers of all ages are needed Oct. 29 for a joint cleanup at the Sagami River with Zama City, Sagamihara City, the Japan Ground Self-Defense Force, and U.S. Army Garrison Japan. The event is planned for 9 to 10 a.m., and volunteers must provide their own transportation (about a 10-minute drive from Camp Zama).


To RSVP for these events, email or

Temporary Closure of Popeyes at Camp Zama Food Court

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Fire Prevention Week ‘Safety Open House’ at Exchange Parking Lot

The annual Fire Prevention Week campaign will be held through Oct. 14. A fire safety open house event will be held Saturday, Oct. 14, from 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. in the Camp Zama Exchange parking lot. 

Oktoberfest Event at Camp Zama Community Club

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Parent-Children ‘Okayo’ Bowling League at Zama Bowling Center

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Punt, Kick and Toss Commander’s Cup Event

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 Pumpkin-Decorating Contest at SHA Commissary



Guest Policy for Trick-or-Treating

The Pass and Registration section here explained the installation’s policy for escorting guests onto Camp Zama and Sagamihara Family Housing Area for Halloween festivities happening Oct. 31 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Although Halloween is not an “open post” event like Camp Zama’s annual Cherry Blossom and Bon Odori festivals in the spring and summer, respectively, those with valid escorting privileges are allowed to bring guests on base for trick-or-treating, which typically attracts hundreds of costumed Japanese children and their families.

During the designated period for trick-or-treating, all residents and guests are expected to ensure supervision of their children and those they are escorting, and that children are highly visible during nighttime hours in order to prevent any mishaps. Those driving on both installations during trick-or-treat hours must take extra care to drive carefully and pay attention to their surroundings both on the road and sidewalks.

Those who fall under the Status of Forces Agreement—Department of the Army civilians, dependents with valid DOD identification cards, retirees with valid retiree ID cards—as well as current Japanese Master Labor Contract, Indirect Hire Agreement civilian employees, and Japan Ground Self-Defense Force members can escort up to seven adult guests (18 years or older) each and one vehicle onto Camp Zama or SFHA.

Each of the seven adult guests can additionally have up to three children under the age of 18 with them, meaning each person with valid escorting privileges may escort up to 28 personnel (seven adult guests and 21 children), plus up to three additional children 17 and under themselves. Children 17 and under will not require passes but must be escorted by an adult.

Each adult guest coming onto either installation must bring with them a valid form of ID. These include a Japanese driver’s license, a passport, a Japan Self-Defense Forces ID card, permanent residence card, “Kokka komuinsho,” or my number card with “Juminhyo.”

JGSDF personnel must be registered in DBIDS to sponsor personnel.

All Y- or A-plated vehicles, and vehicles with a valid pass for driving on base, will be allowed. Vehicles that are not registered must be searched.

Sponsors must request passes in advance for all guests 18 and older. Passes will not be issued on the same day due to safety concerns and potential traffic congestion. The deadline to submit a pass request is Oct. 26.

Personnel can request the forms and also submit them via email to Requests should specify from which Pass Office (Camp Zama Bldg. 235 or SFHA Bldg. 101) they will be picked up.

Pass pickup will begin at noon on Oct. 30 during regular duty hours and continue through 4 p.m. on Oct. 31.

Personnel can call the Pass Office at 263-4670 for further information or if they have any questions.

Chess and Shogi Club at Camp Zama Library

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Haunted Hangar, ‘Trunk or Treat’ Events

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Volunteers sought for ‘Humans vs. Zombies 2’ Nerf Battle

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Veteran Volunteers Sought for Arnn Veterans Day Event

Arnn Elementary School and the U.S. Army Garrison Japan school liaison

officer are seeking military veterans to visit the school Nov. 7 to be interviewed by students for Veterans Day.

There will be three sessions in the school library: 10 to 11 a.m.; 11:45 a.m.

to 12:45 p.m.; and 12:35 to 1:35 p.m.

Organizers would like at least five veterans for each shift to help share

their stories of how they served their nation.

To register as a volunteer, email Billie Hogan at

You can also call her at DSN 263-5441 (046-407-5441 commercial) or on her cellphone at 080-3521-1163.

Gridiron Challenge XVI at Camp Zama Community Club

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Update Your Contact Information in ADPAAS

Disaster Personnel Accountability has never been more important.

The goal is for sponsors to protect themselves, their family members and for commands to be ready for personnel accountability before an emergency event occurs.

Please be sure to log into ADPAAS at and update your contact information now.