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U.S. military requests joint investigation with Sagamihara fire department

  • 2015-08-27 15:00:00
  • , Mainichi
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(Mainichi: August 26, 2015, local edition– p.25)


 On the evening of August 24 the Sagamihara City Office uploaded on its homepage a post regarding a request from the U.S. military: “It is requested that the city fire department participate in a joint investigation into the cause of the explosion.”


 According to the Status of Forces Agreement (SOFA), the Japanese side has no control over on-the-spot investigations of incidents or accidents that occur within U.S. military facilities. If the U.S. military has requested the Japanese side jointly investigate the explosions as the homepage states, this will be an unprecedented case.

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