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Environment Ministry’s surveys of U.S. bases suspended since 2014

  • November 17, 2017
  • , Mainichi, Tokyo Shimbun
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Tokyo Shimbun gave top play to a report saying that it was learned from documents provided by the Okinawa prefectural government in June that the Environment Ministry’s onsite surveys to check for environmental pollution at U.S. bases in Japan have been suspended since 2014 even though the ministry had been conducting such surveys since 1978. The paper wrote that the ministry has not disclosed the suspension to the public and did not respond when asked whether there had been a request from the U.S. to suspend the surveys. The paper added, however, that such municipalities as Sagamihara and Zama in Kanagawa Prefecture and Sasebo in Nagasaki Prefecture conduct their own surveys after obtaining permission from the U.S. bases. Mainichi ran a similar report saying that the residents of Okinawa are becoming increasingly concerned about possible pollution at bases in their neighborhoods.

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