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U.S.-military-related people allegedly involved in unlicensed taxi service in Okinawa

  • July 11, 2019
  • , Okinawa Times
  • JMH Translation

Okinawa Times led with a report alleging that dozens of people connected to the U.S. military are involved in an unlicensed taxi service in Okinawa by using their vehicles with the special  “Y” licensed plate. The paper wrote that according to local cab drivers, these American drivers with no license to transport passengers apparently drive U.S. military personnel and civilian base workers between entertainment districts in Chatan, Okinawa City, and other municipalities and such U.S. bases as Camp Hansen and Camp Schwab by accepting reservations through a social networking service. The paper wrote that there is information that active duty military personnel are among those providing the illegal service. The paper added that local tax drivers are complaining that they are losing fares because the drivers of “Y” plate cars charge less than the regular taxi fare.

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