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Shed in Okinawa possibly damaged by stray bullet fired by U.S. military gun

  • June 22, 2018
  • , Okinawa Times, Ryukyu Shimpo
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Ryukyu Shimpo and Okinawa Times gave prominent front- and inside-page coverage to an incident in Okinawa on Thursday in which a stray bullet was discovered inside a farm shed in Nago after two of its windows were broken. Nobody was injured in the incident. Because the storage shed is located next to Camp Schwab, where live ammunition firing drills take place occasionally, the local police reportedly launched an investigation based on the suspicion that the stray bullet perhaps came from a U.S. military gun. According to Okinawa Times, the U.S. military informed the prefectural government via the Okinawa Defense Bureau on June 13 that live-fire training would be conducted at several ranges on the base for a week beginning on June 18. NTV carried a similar story.


According to the Okinawa reports, the prefectural government is set to lodge a protest with the U.S. military if the police confirm that the stray bullet was fired from a U.S. military gun. Ryukyu Shimpo added, however, that the SOFA may stand in the way of the police investigation, pointing out that the U.S. military has denied its involvement in at least 6 of 28 similar incidents that have occurred in the island prefecture since its return to Japan in 1972. 


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