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Okinawa dissatisfied with quarantine measures on U.S. bases

According to Okinawa Times, the Okinawa prefectural government is not satisfied with the COVID-19 infection control measures taken by the U.S. military, noting that Governor Tamaki is calling for a thorough revision of the SOFA so that Japan can have a say in the quarantining of service members arriving in Japan. Article 9 of the statute governing the status of U.S. troops exempts them from Japanese quarantine at ports of entry. While pointing out that in response to pressure from Okinawa, the U.S. agreed to conduct COVID-19 testing on all personnel arriving at U.S. installations directly from overseas, the daily said the central government is reluctant to pursue SOFA revision.

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