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Nakagusuku village submits protest over low-altitude flights and obscenity

  • March 4, 2021
  • , Ryukyu Shimpo , p. 2
  • JMH Translation

The Nakagusuku Village Council (chair: Hiromasa Arakaki) held a monthly meeting on Mar. 3 and unanimously approved a resolution and written opinion protesting the recurring flights of U.S. military aircraft at low altitudes over a number of locations in the prefecture. The council also unanimously approved a separate resolution and written opinion protesting an incident in which a U.S. Marine was arrested on charges of obscenity.

 

The resolutions are addressed to the U.S. Ambassador to Japan [sic], the U.S. Forces Japan, and others. The written opinions are addressed to the Prime Minister, the President of the House of Councillors, the Speaker of the House or Representatives, and others.

 

The village council calls for an immediate end to low-altitude flights as well as the fundamental revision of the Japan-U.S. Status of Forces Agreement to make Japanese aviation law applicable to U.S. military flights. The council also requests compensation and mental care for the victim of the obscenity and her family, as well as the U.S. military’s implementation of tighter discipline and more effective prevention measures for service members and military-affiliated employees.

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