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U.S. military launches team to investigate PFOS leak in Okinawa

  • April 17, 2020
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Asahi took up the disclosure by Defense Minister Kono at the Diet yesterday that the U.S. military has established an investigation team to investigate the recent incident in which foam extinguisher containing perfluorooctanesulfonic acid (PFOS) leaked out of MCAS Futenma into a local river. While mentioning the Okinawa Defense Bureau’s request to U.S. military authorities for Japanese access to the installation to conduct an onsite investigation, Kono said: “We are strongly calling on the U.S. side to allow access. Final arrangements are underway to launch a Japanese investigation immediately.” Pressed by an opposition lawmaker on whether the GOJ should demand that the U.S. cover the cost borne by the Ginowan municipal government to retrieve the leaked foam, Foreign Minister Motegi suggested that such a request may be filed with the USG if necessary after conducting an investigation.

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