Camp Zama is a U.S. Army garrison located in central Mainland Japan near the city of Zama in Kanagawa Prefecture. The installation is garrisoned by the U.S. Army Japan and U.S. Army Garrison Japan, among other key regional support groups, and is part of IMCOM, the U.S. Army Installation Management Command.
Camp Zama is home to thousands of U.S. service members and their families and remains the most important U.S. Army installation on the Japanese mainland. Most of these men and women will serve out their time and return to the U.S. Others, however, will not be so lucky.
- In recent years the NCIS and other military law enforcement agencies have aggressively pursued sting operations which attempt to lure unsuspecting service members into committing criminal offenses.
- Service members that are accused of a crime under the UCMJ are given no quarter and face incredibly harsh sentencing in a bid to preserve the relations between Japan and the U.S.
- Most service members will face heavy punishment, years if not decades in prison, and the loss of hundreds of thousands of dollars in military benefits over the course of their lifetime.
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Camp Zama History and Court-Martial Activity
Camp Zama was originally an Imperial Japanese army academy, established in the early 20th century during Japan’s rapid ascent as a world superpower. The camp was taken peacefully by American forces in 1945 after the surrender of all Japanese forces on Mainland Japan.
Today, Camp Zama is home to over 3,000 U.S. Army personnel and their families as well as the Japan Ground Self-Defense Force. The installation is supported by an elementary school, a high school, medical facilities and other amenities and American businesses.
- Established: Early 20th century
- Location: Zama, Mainland Japan
- Garrison: USAG/I Corps (Forward), USAG Japan, 441st Military Intelligence Battalion, 78th Signal Battalion, 4th Engineer Group, Japan Ground Self-Defense Force
Court-Martial Activity: Camp Zama, like most other military installations across Asia and the Pacific, has been the focus of countless regional sting operations. The vast majority of these operations target sex offenders, drug users and distributors, and fraud, primarily OHA fraud.
U.S. Army Personnel at Camp Zama Trust Bilecki & Tipon to Defend Their Interests in Court
Over the years Bilecki & Tipon has had the honor of serving dozens of U.S. Military personnel based out of Camp Zama and other military installations in Mainland Japan. We are often the last line of defense that stands between our clients and the government’s well-funded and well-staffed prosecutors and their law enforcement allies.
Bilecki & Tipon has earned a reputation as one of the most prestigious and hard-working law firms operating throughout the Pacific today. Here are a few reasons why we stand out from everybody else:
- We understand the region: Bilecki & Tipon has operated throughout Japan and the Pacific for decades. Our attorneys are former Judge Advocates who served the Pacific region prior to founding Bilecki & Tipon. We know when the prosecutors here are overplaying their hands. We know when law enforcement is overstepping their boundaries.
- We can reach you within hours: Our law firm is headquartered in Honolulu, Hawaii. Unlike other law firms which operate from the mainland U.S., we can reach your location within hours rather than days. The faster we reach you, the more opportunities we have to delay law enforcement’s investigation, review new evidence, and most of all, prepare for your trial.
- We know the nuances of the UCMJ in Japan: You cannot expect a defense attorney from the mainland to have any understanding nuances of how the court martial process plays out for service members stationed in Japan. Bilecki & Tipon has been operating in this region for a long time, know their way around won’t be intimidated by trying a court martial case in Japan.
Bilecki & Tipon is a trusted name at Camp Zama and throughout the Pacific. Call our law offices today for a confidential consultation into your case.
Frequently Asked Questions
What Are the Most Common Criminal Offenses in Mainland Japan and Camp Zama
Under the former Obama administration, sexual assault and other sex crime charges skyrocketed. Under the Trump administration, this hasn’t changed. Sting operations were established in Okinawa and mainland Japan to lure service members into engaging in sex with women they assumed were minors. Other criminal offenses, such as drug use, possession and distribution, as well as OHA fraud, are still common in the area.
Bilecki & Tipon defends service members against all offenses under the UCMJ. If you’ve been accused of any crime whatsoever, contact our law offices immediately for a confidential consultation.
How Often Do You Travel to Mainland Japan?
We take dozens of cases every year for service members stationed in mainland Japan. Mr. Bilecki has traveled to Japan over 50 times to defend service members at courts-martial. Depending on the nature of the case, we may need to fly to your location more than once. It may also be necessary to send out our investigator to gather evidence and talk to key witnesses in the case.