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Ginoza village assembly adopts resolution calling for compensation for strangled cab driver

  • November 20, 2020
  • , Ryukyu Shimpo , p. 2
  • JMH Translation

GINOZA, Okinawa—Ginoza village assembly held an extraordinary session on Nov. 18 to discuss an incident involving a U.S. service member from Camp Hansen who was arrested on Nov. 8 on charges of strangling a cab driver and stealing the vehicle and roughly 10,000 yen in cash. The assembly unanimously voted for a resolution and a position statement requesting compensation as well as an apology for the victim. Assembly Chairman Mikiya Ishikawa and others visited the Okinawa Defense Bureau in Kadena town on Nov. 19 and handed the position statement to the bureau’s Deputy Director-General Yoshihisa Takeuchi.

 

The resolution was addressed to the U.S. Ambassador to Japan and other U.S. institutions. The position statement was addressed to the Prime Minister and other Japanese offices. In addition to immediate measures regarding the cab incident, the assembly called for an improvement in the education and discipline of U.S. service members and base-related personnel, an announcement and implementation of measures to prevent similar incidents from happening in the future, as well as fundamental changes to the Status of Forces Agreement.

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