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LDP policy chief calls for prevention of incidents involving U.S. military community

Asahi wrote that LDP Policy Research Council Chairperson Inada visited the U.S. Consulate General in Naha on July 25 and held talks with Consul General Joel Ehrendreich. Citing the recent murder of an Okinawa woman by a U.S. base contract worker and the arrest on July 24 of a U.S. service member on suspicion of driving a car under the influence of alcohol, Inada called on the U.S. to take measures to prevent such incidents from happening again. Mainichi and Yomiuri wrote that Inada commented on Okinawa’s call to revise the SOFA during a news conference in Nago on Monday by saying: “The implementation of the agreement has been improved over the past 20 years. But there is an opinion that the improvement has not been sufficient. The LDP will closely study the issue.” Inada offered flowers at the site where a local woman was killed by a U.S. base worker. Sankei added that during her meeting with Ginowan Mayor Sakima on Monday, Inada reiterated the Abe administration’s plan to move forward with Futenma relocation in order to remove the danger at Futenma. Inada was quoted as telling the mayor that that the GOJ will do everything it can because the Futenma base, which is located in a densely populated area, should be returned as early as possible.

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