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(MSN)   US military base in Japan concerned about infiltration from: a) terrorists; b) North Koreans; c) wild monkeys   (msn.com) divider line
    More: Weird, United States, United States Army, Kanagawa Prefecture, Camp Zama, Honshū, Empire of Japan, Wild monkeys, U.S. Army base  
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2021-09-14 2:33:41 PM  
I wonder if any of the Japanese military bases in the US have any kind of problems like this. Rats maybe?
 
2021-09-14 4:50:57 PM  
Will the monkeys at least be entertaining the children in addition to their espionage activities?
 
2021-09-14 4:53:03 PM  
Caesar is home.
 
2021-09-14 4:57:58 PM  
Here they come... walkin' down the street.. They get the funniest looks from... every one they meet...
 
2021-09-14 5:00:56 PM  

Nadie_AZ: I wonder if any of the Japanese military bases in the US have any kind of problems like this. Rats maybe?


Despite being a relatively remote set of islands, or perhaps because of it, Japan has a rather diverse amount of wildlife.

On the northern tip of Honshu resides Misawa AB.

Sadly I never met any monkeys when I lived there.
 
2021-09-14 5:01:38 PM  
That's why they'll be the only ones left.  Whether or not that's a curse is for you to decide.
 
2021-09-14 5:02:08 PM  
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2021-09-14 5:04:16 PM  
I was stationed at the Cubi Point Air Station in the Philippines in the early 80's. There was a band of monkeys that would come down the mountain just about every day and raid the dumpster behind the Operations building.

One day a guy parked his car near the dumpster and left his windows open.

Well...

The monkeys come down the hill and a couple of the smaller ones decide to explore this car thing. The bigger monkeys decided that THEY were the ones that should do the exploring. Monkeys are going in and out of the car along with various console and upholstery parts. They rip the windshield wipers off. At one point they honked the horn and just spazzed out and ripped the steering wheel off the column. They completely trashed that car and left behind piles of monkey shiat everywhere. That guy on the insurance commercials that says "We've seen a thing or two"? Yeah, they never saw anything like this.

Don't fark with monkeys.
 
2021-09-14 5:07:09 PM  
Misawa Japan, AF North Base (Snowing)
Youtube FDFQmRa3SwM
 
2021-09-14 5:08:27 PM  

Nadie_AZ: I wonder if any of the Japanese military bases in the US have any kind of problems like this. Rats maybe?


100% of the Japanese military bases in the U.S. are overrun with rats.
 
2021-09-14 5:16:34 PM  
Kids in the Hall - The Monkeys
Youtube w7ApuaJrtck


He said he was going to do it
 
2021-09-14 5:18:41 PM  
Or, as it might be referred to in a less peaceful nation,
"Target Practice"
 
2021-09-14 5:33:50 PM  
Everybody on base has a gun, right? What's the problem?
 
2021-09-14 5:43:56 PM  
Something no one has mentioned: those monkeys often carry disease. You are discouraged from reclaiming things they have stolen. I have seen groceries burned in Kyoto because monkeys snatched and scattered them.
 
2021-09-14 5:56:12 PM  

Crewmannumber6: Everybody on base has a gun, right? What's the problem?


I see you've never been in the military.
 
2021-09-14 6:04:01 PM  

Old_Chief_Scott: I was stationed at the Cubi Point Air Station in the Philippines in the early 80's. There was a band of monkeys that would come down the mountain just about every day and raid the dumpster behind the Operations building.

One day a guy parked his car near the dumpster and left his windows open.

Well...

The monkeys come down the hill and a couple of the smaller ones decide to explore this car thing. The bigger monkeys decided that THEY were the ones that should do the exploring. Monkeys are going in and out of the car along with various console and upholstery parts. They rip the windshield wipers off. At one point they honked the horn and just spazzed out and ripped the steering wheel off the column. They completely trashed that car and left behind piles of monkey shiat everywhere. That guy on the insurance commercials that says "We've seen a thing or two"? Yeah, they never saw anything like this.

Don't fark with monkeys.


Everyone I've met who spent time there has a story about my ancestors.  They'd steal golf balls, too.  There was also a really, really old goat during my father's time, who thought he was badass and would attack golfers.  Problem was, he was so old, he'd saunter up to a golfer and sort-of angrily lean on him.
 
2021-09-14 6:20:33 PM  

Bandito King: Something no one has mentioned: those monkeys often carry disease. You are discouraged from reclaiming things they have stolen. I have seen groceries burned in Kyoto because monkeys snatched and scattered them.


Username checks out.
 
2021-09-14 6:40:17 PM  
Monkey tastes def when you pour it on ice
 
2021-09-14 7:44:34 PM  
Camp Zama 1987-1991. Never saw any monkeys on base but my roommate was monkey-like.
 
2021-09-14 7:52:36 PM  

casual disregard: [Youtube-video https://www.youtube.com/embed/FDFQmRa3​SwM]


I can find no more accurate representation of Misawa. This is Misawa on a winter day,  folks. Can you spot a living soul or signs of life? Good luck. And Misawa is not known for its vibrant night life.

The skiing at Tazawako is great. I have had my two worst ski accidents at Tazawako on the same run. Fun times. It is a beautiful mountainous forested area. Misawa is south of that, I recall, so Misawa is not out on the tip of Honshu, but let's say in the NW corner of Honshu.

If I recall correctly, Viktor Belenko landed his Foxbat at Misawa. That is a claim to fame. As the video shows, it is an extremely quiet place as far as US bases go. You would hardly know it is there.
 
2021-09-14 8:02:39 PM  
If I recall correctly, Camp Zama is Mt. Fuji-ish, down in that area. And yeah, so... monkeys. They are ubiquitous, so it makes sense that they will get into bases. I am not sure if open garbage is attracting them, but if things do not get managed and covered up properly, the monkeys will learn quickly and teach other monkeys how to dumpster dive.

It is a growing problem. I am surprised it is not worse, frankly. I suspect that there is some winter attrition at work because they are not THAT well adapted to really cold weather, they are not nocturnal, and farmers generally keep things buttoned down so the monkeys can't get into it. With warmer winters and fewer farmers to keep them at bay, they are multiplying.

We have an elementary school nearby, so we get bear and boar reports constantly. Japan's a zoo.
 
2021-09-14 8:16:37 PM  

2fardownthread: If I recall correctly, Camp Zama is Mt. Fuji-ish, down in that area. And yeah, so... monkeys. They are ubiquitous, so it makes sense that they will get into bases. I am not sure if open garbage is attracting them, but if things do not get managed and covered up properly, the monkeys will learn quickly and teach other monkeys how to dumpster dive.

It is a growing problem. I am surprised it is not worse, frankly. I suspect that there is some winter attrition at work because they are not THAT well adapted to really cold weather, they are not nocturnal, and farmers generally keep things buttoned down so the monkeys can't get into it. With warmer winters and fewer farmers to keep them at bay, they are multiplying.

We have an elementary school nearby, so we get bear and boar reports constantly. Japan's a zoo.


Camp Zama is on the Odakyu line. Machida and Atsugi and the two closest cities on either side. You may be thinking about the Marine base at Camp Fuji which is also the Japan Ground Self Defense Force armor school.
 
2021-09-14 8:38:11 PM  

Vitamin_R: Crewmannumber6: Everybody on base has a gun, right? What's the problem?

I see you've never been in the military.


This.

Though I will say I did have a gun for a short time in the barracks a couple of times.

First was a Weatherby Vanguard VGL in .308, second was a Colt AR-15A2 Sporter II in .223.
 
2021-09-14 10:43:51 PM  
Couldn't a military base put an electric fence around it and shock the monkey like Peter Gabriel advised so long ago?

Just an idea.

I like monkeys - probably because they're not running wild where I live.
 
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