Saturday’s Okinawa Times wrote that the chief of the office of Okinawa governor visited the U.S. Consulate General Naha and Kadena Air Base on Friday to lodge a protest over the robbery at a currency exchange shop in Chatan that allegedly involved two SOFA personnel. According to the governor’s office chief, Brig. Gen. Joel Carey, the commander of the 18th Wing, said during the meeting that the incident was very regrettable and that the base will make efforts to prevent a recurrence. The Okinawa official also said Consulate Naha’s Deputy Principal Officer Hilary Dauer said the incident caused great anxiety among the residents of Chatan and the rest of the prefecture. Ryukyu Shimpo ran a similar report on Sunday, adding that the Okinawa official visited the U.S. Consulate and the Kadena base because the U.S. military had rejected the prefectural government’s request for a U.S. military representative to come to the prefectural office.
In a related story, Sunday’s Ryukyu Shimpo wrote that the city assembly of Nago unanimously adopted on Thursday a resolution and opinion paper calling for an apology and compensation for the damage and revision of the U.S.-Japan Status of Forces Agreement. The resolution and opinion paper said the incident should not be overlooked because it occurred at a time when strict restrictions on activities both on and off base are called for in response to the coronavirus outbreak. According to the paper, the documents were addressed to the U.S. Ambassador to Japan [sic], the USFJ commander, the Okinawa Area Coordinator, the U.S. Consul general, the prime minister, the foreign minister, the defense minister, and the state minister in charge of Okinawa.