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Okinawa files protest against U.S. military flight drills, case of alleged molestation

Okinawa Times reported that a senior Okinawa prefectural government official met with U.S. Consulate General Naha Principal Officer [sic] Jessica Megill on Thursday and filed a protest against the low-altitude flight drills conducted repeatedly by the U.S. military. The U.S. official reportedly emphasized the importance of such training by saying: “It’s necessary to maintain pilots’ expertise and capabilities.” She also noted, however, that training should be conducted while taking into account its impact on local residents. The Okinawa official also denounced the alleged molestation of a local female by a Marine in January by saying: “It is absolutely unacceptable since the woman’s human rights were grossly violated.” In reply, the U.S. diplomat reportedly offered her deepest apologies, adding that the incident was absolutely unacceptable.

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