Kanto Sailors, Marines Receive Motorcycle Safety Training from Japanese Police

Story Number: NNS100706-02Release Date: 7/6/2010 10:26:00 AM
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By Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Andrew Ryan Smith, Navy Public Affairs Support Element West Det. Japan

YOKOHAMA, Japan (NNS) -- Thirty Sailors and Marines from installations around Japan's Kanto Plain participated in motorcycle safety training presented by the Yokohama Municipal Police Department July 2 at U.S. Army Garrison Yokohama North Dock in Yokohama, Japan.

"Every year we get together with the Japanese police, and they show us how they train their officers, its great training and fun for everyone," said Randy Mills, the Asia region lead for Cape Fox Professional Services, the event sponsor. "The police teach their techniques and go over safety aspects and rules of the road. They do this kind of training every week, but this time they invited us out to practice with them."

The motorcycle safety clinic featured several obstacles for riders to overcome and demonstrations by shirobai, the Japanese police elite motorcycle patrolmen. Officers from the demonstration team regularly perform around the Yokohama area to promote motorcycle safety.

"I learn something new every time I go to one of these get-togethers," said Gunnery Sgt. Riano Lopez, from Naval Air Facility Atsugi. "Even if you have come here a thousand times you can always learn something new or practice honing your skills."

Lt. Tooru Nakumura, one of the police officers who put on the clinic, has been riding motorcycles since he was 16-years-old. Nakumura said learning proper safety measures is an important aspect of riding that all riders should make a top priority.

"Even riders with a lot of experience can attend the event and learn something, because every rider stands the same chance of being in a crash," said Nakumura.

According to the Naval Safety Center Web site, eight Sailors or Marines died from motorcycle related accidents in 2009. The Navy continues to support motorcycle safety worldwide to ensure that its members practice safe and proper riding habits and remain fit for duty.

For more news from Commander, Naval Forces Japan, visit http://www.navy.mil/local/cnfj/.

Sailors practice their motorcycle skills and safety techniques with Shirobai, elite Japanese motorcycle police officers.
100702-N-2218S-002 YOKOHAMA, Japan (July 2, 2010) Sailors practice their motorcycle skills and safety techniques with Shirobai, elite Japanese motorcycle police officers. The Yokohama Municipal Police Department hosted the event to help U.S. Sailors, who ride motorcycles, to become better acquainted with local traffic laws. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Andrew Ryan Smith/Released)
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