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Nago assembly adopts resolution over incident involving stray bullet

  • July 3, 2018
  • , Okinawa Times, Ryukyu Shimpo
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Okinawa Times and Ryukyu Shimpo wrote that the Nago assembly unanimously adopted on Monday a resolution and an opinion paper concerning the discovery last month of a bullet in a farm shed near Range 10 on Camp Schwab. The documents requested that the cause of the incident be determined and made available to the public swiftly by claiming that it appears highly likely that the bullet was used by the U.S. military because similar incidents involving the U.S. military have happened in the area in the past. The resolution was addressed to the Okinawa Area Coordinator, while the opinion paper was addressed to the director of the Defense Ministry’s Okinawa bureau and the chief of the Okinawa Prefectural police.

 

In a related development, Ryukyu Shimpo wrote that Lower House member Kantoku Teruya and eight other Social Democratic Party members from Okinawa filed a criminal complaint on Monday against the Okinawa Area Coordinator, the Camp Schwab commander, and an unidentified U.S. servicemember on charges of attempted murder and damaging property. The politicians argue that conducting live-fire training on Range 10 at Camp Schwab while acknowledging the structural danger at the range constitutes “willful negligence.”

 

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