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Okinawa governor seeks SOFA revision to apply Japan’s quarantine law to U.S. military

  • January 7, 2022
  • , Ryukyu Shimpo
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Ryukyu Shimpo wrote that in view of the spread of COVID-19 cases suspected of originating from U.S. bases across Japan, Okinawa Governor Tamaki stressed at a virtual executive meeting of the coronavirus taskforce of the National Governors’ Association on Thursday the need for the group to call on the GOJ to consider taking additional measures, including revision of the U.S.-Japan Status of Forces Agreement (SOFA) such that Japan’s Quarantine Law applies to people connected to the U.S. forces in Japan. Tamaki reportedly said that effective measures such as a drastic review of the SOFA must be implemented. The association decided to include a request for additional measures in its emergency request for the GOJ in response to calls from Governor Tamaki and Yamaguchi Governor Muraoka to address issues related to the U.S. military.

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