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U.S. Marine involved in auto accident says he drank alcohol on base

  • November 20, 2017
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NHK reported on its website that a 21-year-old U.S. Marine who was arrested on charges of driving under the influence of alcohol after his military truckĀ struck a car and caused the death of a man in Naha on Sunday told the police that he drank alcohol on base. The network said the U.S. Marine Corps in Okinawa explained that the Marine was not on duty at the time. The network said a nephew of the Japanese man who was killed in the accident told the network that his uncle was “a very gentle person” and was kind to his children. He also said the accident was “very regrettable.” He also reportedly said: “Every time an incident or accident involving a U.S. military service member occurs, the U.S. military says it will tighten discipline. But there have been many accidents. This means the measures taken were not sufficient. I don’t think the people of Okinawa and the U.S. military will be able to build a relationship of trust.”

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