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Yokosuka commanding officer to offer apology once Zushi injury case is proved to have been committed by U.S. service member

  • August 5, 2022
  • , Kanagawa Shimbun , p. 22
  • JMH Translation

With regards to the incident involving a servicemember of the U.S. Navy who attacked five men and women on the street near the Zushi beach, causing injuries, Zushi Mayor Kirigaya Satoru visited the U.S. naval base in Yokosuka City and met with its commander, Les Sobol.


According to the Zushi city government, Kirigaya conveyed requests that the city received from business owners of beachside establishments, such as sending military police to patrol areas along the beach. Sobol responded by saying that “once it is proved that the incident was committed by the servicemember, I would like to offer an apology to victims.” He also noted that “we would like to consider the possibility of  U.S. forces jointly patrolling the area” and expressed the military’s readiness to cooperate in Japan’s investigation.


According to the Zushi police, the incident occurred on the evening of July 9.


According to the Zushi city government, the suspect has been placed under restriction on the base. (Abridged)

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