Okinawa Times and Ryukyu Shimpo wrote that concerning the incident in which a U.S. Navy sailor attached to the Marine Corps allegedly killed a local woman and committed suicide in Chatan in April, a group of Okinawa Prefectural Assembly members delivered a letter of protest to Deputy Chief of Mission Joseph Young at the U.S. Embassy in Tokyo on Monday.
Ryukyu Shimpo wrote that the group called on the U.S. side to apologize to the people of Okinawa, provide full compensation to the family of the victim, take fundamental steps to prevent a recurrence, drastically review the SOFA, and substantially reduce and consolidate the U.S. bases on Okinawa. The paper wrote that assembly member Nakasone, who chairs the assembly’s special committee on U.S. bases and led the group of visitors, told reporters that the deputy chief of mission responded by offering his condolences to the people of Okinawa and the family and friends of the victim and saying that the U.S. will do everything possible to prevent similar incidents from happening again and make efforts to be a good neighbor. The paper added that he made no response to the assembly members’ call for imposing a curfew on U.S. service members. Okinawa Times wrote that Nakasone also told reporters afterward that the deputy chief of mission said he feels the incident was very regrettable because it caused anxiety among the people of Okinawa.