On July 5, a U.S. Air Force member was arrested by the Japanese police for violating the Road Traffic Act (driving under the influence of alcohol) in the town of Chatan. On July 30, the “Liaison council on the Kadena airfield,” formed by Kadena Town, Chatan Town, and Okinawa City, mailed a letter to the relevant Japanese and the U.S. agencies to protest the arrest and request measures to prevent a recurrence.
In the letter, the three municipalities expressed their disappointment that despite their call for stricter discipline every time there was a DUI case involving U.S. military serviceman, another case of drinking and driving occurred. The municipalities called on the U.S. Air Force to “ensure the re-education of its members with a strong sense of urgency” and implement measures to prevent a recurrence, as well as to fundamentally review the Status of Forces Agreement.
The letter was mailed to the U.S. Air Force’s 18th Wing, the Okinawa Defense Bureau, the Okinawa Liaison Office of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and the U.S. Consulate-General in Naha.