On July 8, members of the “liaison council for consultations on Kadena Air Base (Sanrenkyo, chaired by Kadena Mayor Hiroshi Toyama),” comprising the city of Okinawa and the towns of Kadena and Chatan, visited the Okinawa Liaison Office of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Naha City. They lodged a protest against a delay in sharing information on the fire that broke out on the U.S. military’s Kadena base. Ambassador in charge of Okinawan Affairs Hiroshi Kawamura explained: “It’s regrettable that the incident has caused tremendous anxiety to residents. We’ve already asked the U.S. Forces to swiftly provide us with information.”
Toyama said, “A delay in sharing information could inflict further damage depending on the situation” and called for the establishment of a system for swiftly reporting information related to the safety of residents.
The group called for viable measures to prevent a recurrence and an investigation into the cause of the fire.
The group also sent a letter of protest to U.S. Consul General to Naha Robert Koepcke.