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Okinawa council files protest against DUI by U.S. military service members

  • November 17, 2021
  • , Okinawa Times , p. 2
  • JMH Translation

On Nov. 15, the Trilateral Liaison Council concerning the U.S. Kadena Airbase mailed a written protest to the relevant Japanese and U.S. organizations to protest the arrest of a U.S. military technical sergeant and an airman first-class stationed at the U.S. Air Force’s Kadena Airbase for violating the Road Traffic Law (driving under the influence of alcohol). The council called for thorough discipline of troops, effective measures to prevent recurrence, and a fundamental review of the Status of Forces Agreement.

 

Also known as “Sanrenkyo” in Japanese, the council is composed of Kadena Town, Chatan Town, and Okinawa City.

 

In the protest, the council pointed out that the same kind of violation has been repeated by Kadena Air Base military personnel despite similar protests filed in July, September and October. The protest described this as extremely regrettable, adding, “The council has strong doubts about the effectiveness of the U.S. military’s discipline and education program for its service members.”

 

The written protest was mailed to the U.S. Air Force 18th Wing, the Okinawa Defense Bureau, the Okinawa Liaison Office of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and the U.S. Consulate General Naha.

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