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Defense Secretary Carter says U.S. to study possibility of improving SOFA administration

  • June 3, 2016
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Asahi wrote that Secretary of Defense Carter told reporters on his way to Singapore on Thursday that concerning the recent arrest of a U.S. base worker in connection with the death of a Japanese woman in Okinawa, the United States plans to study the possibility of improving the administration of the U.S.-Japan Status of Forces Agreement. The Secretary plans to discuss the issue with Defense Minister Nakatani in Singapore on Saturday. Nikkei and Sankei ran a similar Kyodo story quoting the Secretary as saying that the U.S. is studying the possible need for improving SOFA administration. Sankei speculated that the remarks were intended to minimize the incident’s impact on the ongoing Futenma relocation project.

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