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Okinawa governor cites example of European nations in demanding SOFA revision

  • April 13, 2019
  • , Asahi
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Asahi’s Saturday morning edition reported on a news conference by Okinawa Governor Tamaki on Friday in which he announced the results of a study conducted by Okinawan officials on the status of forces agreements concluded by the U.S. Forces and NATO members such as the UK, Belgium, Germany, and Italy, comparing them with the Japan-U.S. SOFA. Tamaki pointed out that unlike in Japan, the U.S. Forces in those countries are fundamentally subject to domestic laws. The governor is reportedly poised to demand that the Japanese and U.S. governments revise the bilateral SOFA. In response to this, Foreign Minister Kono indicated at a news conference on Friday that the GOJ has no plans to revise the SOFA.

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