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Okinawa City Assembly protests repeated alcohol-related incidents by U.S. military servicemen

  • December 4, 2020
  • , Ryukyu Shimpo , p. 2
  • JMH Translation

In response to a string of DUI incidents and accidents involving U.S. military servicemen, the Okinawa City Assembly (chairman: Morikatsu Kohama) unanimously passed a protest resolution and a written opinion on Dec. 3, calling for the U.S. forces to take effective preventive measures. The resolution and the written opinion will be mailed to relevant Japanese and U.S. organizations.

 

In the resolution and the written opinion, the city assembly states that the series of DUI traffic law violations and property damage incidents committed by U.S. military personnel from September to November this year are a serious problem. The city assembly went on to say that residents of the U.S. military bases lack understanding of Japanese laws and regulations and their local communities. “This could become a major impediment to the continued good relationship between Japan and the U.S.,” the city assembly points out. It then requests that the U.S. military to analyze the causes of the accidents and incidents and take measures to prevent recurrence.

 

The resolution and the written opinion are addressed to the U.S. Consul General in Naha, Okinawa Prefecture; the Okinawa Area Coordinator of the U.S. forces, Japan; the U.S. Air Force 18th Wing commander; the U.S. Army 10th Support Group commander in Okinawa; the Ambassador in charge of Okinawan Affairs at the Ministry for Foreign Affairs; and the Director-General of the Okinawa Defense Bureau at the Ministry of Defense.

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