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U.S. military, Japanese authorities discuss discipline among U.S. military personnel

  • December 15, 2020
  • , Ryukyu Shimpo
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Ryukyu Shimpo wrote that representatives of the U.S. Marines in Okinawa, the Okinawa Prefectural Government, the MOFA Okinawa office, and the Defense Ministry’s Okinawa bureau held a meeting on Monday at Camp Zukeran to discuss ways to prevent incidents involving U.S. military community members during the holiday season, speculating that the participants confirmed that U.S. military personnel should thoroughly observe discipline. However, the paper wrote that it remains to be seen whether the discussion will make a difference because incidents involving U.S. military personnel have been occurring repeatedly despite the military’s education of its members. Lt. Col. Neil Owens, director of Marine Corps Installation Pacific Government and External Affairs, reportedly took part in the meeting. The paper noted that a total of 20 U.S. military-related personnel have been apprehended since the end of October for such crimes as robbery, driving under the influence of alcohol, and assault, and 13 of them were Marines.

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