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U.S. military, Consulate Naha decline meetings with local politicians

Ryukyu Shimpo wrote that Kadena AB authorities and U.S. Consulate General Naha have turned down a request filed by the Okinawa prefectural assembly for meetings so that its representatives could deliver a letter of protest over an incident in December involving a Kadena airman who went AWOL with a handgun in his possession. According to the paper, the U.S. diplomatic mission rejected the request due to the “government shutdown,” while the 18th Wing did not give a reason for its refusal. Last month the legislature adopted a unanimous resolution calling for the U.S. military to tighten discipline.  

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