Saturday’s Asahi reported that Defense Minister Kishi commented at a press conference on Friday on the release by the U.S. Marine Corps of PFOS-contaminated water from the Futenma Air Station into the local public sewage system after treating it. “It is extremely regrettable as Japan and the United States have been holding discussions on the matter, including on how to dispose of the water,” he said. “We asked the U.S. side to halt the discharge.” Environment Minister Koizumi also reportedly told the press on Friday that the release of the water was “extremely regrettable” and that he lodged a strong protest with the U.S. side. The paper wrote that according to Okinawa Deputy Governor Jahana, who met with U.S. officials on the matter, the U.S. military stressed that the water was treated to meet Japan’s safety standards and that the decision to release the water was made because there were concerns about storing the treated water on the base for a long period of time. The U.S. side reportedly did not offer an apology.