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Okinawa assembly to adopt resolution of protest over fatal traffic accident involving Marine

  • November 28, 2017
  • , Okinawa Times, Ryukyu Shimpo
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Ryukyu Shimpo wrote that the Okinawa prefectural assembly’s special committee on U.S. bases held a meeting on Monday to discuss a resolution of protest against the fatal traffic accident caused by a U.S. Marine who was allegedly under the influence of alcohol. The ruling parties and the LDP local chapter, which is in opposition at the local assembly, failed to reach a consensus on the language of a draft resolution. As a result, they decided to submit separate resolutions to a plenary session of the assembly to be held on Tuesday. The ruling bloc insisted that the removal of the Marines from Okinawa be mentioned in the draft resolution, but the LDP required that the language calling for a complete withdrawal of the Marines be omitted from the motion. In addition to a complete withdrawal of the Marines, the ruling parties plan to call for swift and full compensation for the family of the accident victim and a drastic review of the Status of Forces Agreement (SOFA). The LDP local chapter plans to call on the U.S. side to replace the commander of forces in Okinawa, set up a committee involving the U.S., Japanese, and Okinawa governments, and drastically review the SOFA. Okinawa Times ran a similar report adding that the assembly will likely adopt a resolution to be submitted by the ruling parties by a majority vote.

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