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Opposition parties believe SOFA must be revised

  • October 30, 2021
  • , Okinawa Times, Ryukyu Shimpo
  • JMH Translation

Saturday’s Okinawa Times and Ryukyu Shimpo wrote that an Osaka-based citizens’ group helping victims of crimes involving U.S. service members and base workers announced on Friday the results of its survey of the nine political parties that fielded candidates in the Oct. 31 general election. The LDP and Komeito Party did not respond to the survey. Seven of the nine parties said the U.S.-Japan Status of Forces Agreement needs to be revised. In response to a question about the U.S. military’s release in August of water containing PFAS from the Futenma Air Station into public sewage after treating it, three of the seven parties said the U.S. military should notify the GOJ and the Okinawa Prefectural Government in advance when it releases such water and the Japanese Communists Party and three other parties said water suspected of containing toxic chemicals should not be discharged in the first place. The Social Democratic Party of Japan and the Japan Innovation Party selected both answers. The Constitutional Democratic Party of Japan said the issue should be handled in accordance with domestic laws. The Democratic Party for the People said Japan should hold talks with the United States on compliance with domestic laws, including administrative authority over U.S. bases.

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