Ryukyu Shimpo wrote that in response to a series of arrests of U.S. military personnel allegedly involved in offenses since late October, the Okinawa Prefectural Government had asked the heads of the U.S. Marines in Okinawa and the U.S. Consulate General Naha to come to its office, but they turned down the request on Thursday. The paper noted that 13 incidents involving U.S. service members occurred from Oct. 25 through Nov. 8. The paper wrote that Director Masaru Kaneshiro of the Executive Office of the Governor is planning to visit Camp Foster and the U.S. Consulate on Friday to lodge a protest. According to the prefectural government, Kaneshiro is expected to meet with Col. Neil Owens, director of the Marine Corps Installation Pacific Government and External Affairs, at Camp Foster and Principal Consular Officer (sic) Jessica Megill at the Consulate. The paper said the U.S. military repeatedly turned down the prefectural government’s requests to appear at its office in the past. The paper also wrote that the heads of MOFA Okinawa office and MOD Okinawa bureau visited the prefectural office on Tuesday in response to a request from the prefectural government.
In a related story, the paper wrote that the municipal assembly unanimously adopted a resolution of protest against the recent incident in which a Marine based at Camp Hansen was arrested on charges of strangling the driver of a cab and stealing the vehicle and about 10,000 yen in cash on Nov. 8. The paper also wrote that the municipal assembly of Chatan unanimously adopted a motion against a series of offenses allegedly involving U.S. service members.