NHK and Fuji TV summarized a Wall Street Journal article claiming U.S. investigative authorities are looking into the alleged illegal dumping of wastewater from U.S. Navy vessels into three Japanese harbors by a Yokohama-based contractor. The contractor has allegedly pumped untreated waste into harbors in Yokosuka, Sasebo, and Okinawa in violation of contracts since 2008. The Navy has reportedly joined hands with the Justice Department and the FBI to investigate the allegations, which include a cover-up by the waste handler.
Chief Cabinet Secretary Suga told the press this morning that the GOJ is currently asking the U.S. side to provide information on the allegation. NHK said the contractor responded to the network’s query by saying the allegations are “groundless,” adding U.S. authorities have not replied to the broadcaster’s requests for comment.