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Secretary Carter, DM Nakatani agree to improve SOFA administration

  • June 5, 2016
  • , Asahi, Mainichi, Yomiuri, Nikkei, Sankei, Tokyo
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unnamed (2)All Sunday morning papers reported on a meeting between Secretary of Defense Carter and Defense Minister Nakatani on Saturday in Singapore on the sidelines of the 15th Asia Security Summit (the Shangri-La Dialogue), during which they agreed to examine the administration of the SOFA and clarify the legal status of civilian workers following the arrest of a U.S. civilian base worker in connection with a woman’s death in Okinawa. Mainichi said the two nations are planning to improve the administration of the SOFA instead of drastically reviewing the pact. According to Mainichi, Carter apologized to the victim’s family and all the people of Japan, and pledged efforts to prevent heinous crimes. The two leaders agreed to work together to improve education and training to prevent further incidents and to reduce the base-hosting burden on Okinawa. Nikkei wrote that although the two nations have made improvements to SOFA administration after every instance of misconduct by U.S. military personnel, crimes involving U.S. service members continue to occur, adding that it remains to be seen whether the proposed steps will be effective. The paper said there is no guarantee that anti-U.S. base sentiments in Okinawa will subside.

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