The Saturday editions of Okinawa Times and Ryukyu Shimpo front-paged reports on the announcement on Friday by U.S. Marine Corps Okinawa that the massive leak of foam extinguisher containing PFOS from MCAS Futenma in April occurred as a result of a barbecue held at a base hangar. The papers wrote that residents near the base expressed anger over the incident and distrust of the U.S. military. Tuesday’s Okinawa Times quoted Governor Tamaki as telling reporters on Monday that he was speechless when he heard the massive leakage was caused by a barbecue. The governor said it is necessary to be very careful when selecting venues for events to boost the morale of personnel.
In a related development, the papers wrote on Sunday that Defense Minister Kono told reporters on Saturday that Japan will work with the United States to replace the existing extinguisher foam with PFOS-free products.