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Chatan assembly adopts protest resolution against COVID-19 cluster at U.S. base

  • December 30, 2021
  • , Ryukyu Shimpo
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Ryukyu Shimpo reported that the Chatan Town Assembly adopted two protest resolutions on Monday, one against the COVID-19 cluster infection at a U.S. base in Okinawa and another against violations of Japan’s Road Traffic Law by U.S. military personnel. According to the paper, the assembly criticized the situation in which U.S. military personnel are allowed to enter and exit Japan freely under the SOFA and demanded that the U.S. military close all of its bases in Okinawa, ban personnel from entering Japan from the United States, test personnel in Okinawa for COVID-19, and disclose the results. It also reportedly called on the U.S. military to severely punish those who violate the Road Traffic Law, to enforce strict discipline, and to strengthen the liberty policy for military personnel.

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