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Ginowan mayor lodges protest with U.S. military over water bottle incident

  • November 30, 2021
  • , Okinawa Times, Ryukyu Shimpo
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Ryukyu Shimpo and Okinawa Times wrote that Ginowan Mayor Matsugawa visited Camp Foster on Monday and lodged a protest with Col. Neil Owens, assistant chief of staff of MCIPAC Government and External Affairs, over the recent incident in which a stainless-steel water bottle fell from a Futenma-based MV-22 Osprey. The mayor told the press afterward that Col. Owens told him that the U.S. military searched for the bottle on the Futenma base but could not find it and then the Ginowan Police informed the base through the Defense Ministry’s Okinawa bureau on the following day that they had found the bottle in front of a private residence. The papers wrote that Col. Owens reportedly added that the U.S. military should have notified the Japanese side of the incident based on their notification rules and offered an apology to the resident of the house and other Ginowan citizens for causing concern.

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