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Yokosuka mayor demands gov’t action on toxic substance issue

By Sano Katsuyuki and Kawaguchi Hajime   With regards to the detection of PFOS and PFAS, which pose a health risk, in effluent released from a wastewater treatment facility inside U.S. Fleet Activities Yokosuka (Yokosuka City), Yokosuka Mayor Kamiji Katsuaki visited the Ministry of Defense on Oct. 3 and lodged a protest with Minister of Defense Hamada Yasukazu.   The….Read more

  • October 4, 2022
  • , Kanagawa Shimbun , p. 18
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Sagami General Deport opens “sports ground”

By Matsushima Yoshiko   Sagamihara – On Oct. 1, a “sports  ground” was newly opened inside the “Sagamihara Sports Recreation Park,” which is situated in an area designated for joint use between the Japan and the United States inside the U.S. Army Sagami General Depot (Chuo Ward, Sagamihara City). An opening event was held on the day and children from….Read more

  • October 2, 2022
  • , Kanagawa Shimbun , p. 16
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U.S. servicemember convicted for DUI

On Oct. 3, the Naha District Court (presiding judge Ono Hironobu) handed down a one-year prison sentence suspended for three-years (one-year imprisonment requested by prosecutors) to a 22-year-old Marine corporal affiliated with Camp Foster who drove under the influence of alcohol on a road in Naha City in March and was indicted for violating the Road Traffic Law. This was….Read more

  • October 4, 2022
  • , Ryukyu Shimpo , p. 27
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SECURITY > Okinawa

U.S. Marines in Okinawa display Osprey at Futenma festival

Ryukyu Shimpo wrote that the U.S. Marines in Okinawa held their Flight Line Fair at MCAS Futenma on Saturday for the first time since 2019 after a three-year hiatus due to COVID-19. With regard to an MV-22 Osprey that was on display there, Col. Henry Dolberry Jr., the MCAS Futenma commanding officer, reportedly told the press that the Osprey is….Read more

  • October 2, 2022
  • , Ryukyu Shimpo
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Yokosuka says toxic level of wastewater discharged at base 171 times higher than GOJ provisional standard

By Sano Katsuyuki   With regards to the detection of PFOS and PFAS, organic fluorine compounds hazardous to health, in effluent released from a wastewater treatment facility inside the U.S. Fleet Activities Yokosuka (Yokosuka City), the municipal government of Yokosuka announced on Sept. 30 that the concentration level of organic fluorine compounds detected in a third investigation conducted by the….Read more

  • October 1, 2022
  • , Kanagawa Shimbun , lead
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Marine arrested at bar in Uruma for assaulting customer

The Uruma police arrested on the spot a 28-year-old Marine sergeant affiliated with Camp Courtney for assault on Oct. 1. He reportedly smashed the head of a man in his 20s into a counter at a restaurant. The police have not disclosed whether the suspect has admitted the charges. The man was not injured.   At around 5:10 a.m. on….Read more

  • October 2, 2022
  • , Okinawa Times , p. 26
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SECURITY > U.S. Bases

Marine arrested for destroying private property

On Oct. 1, the Okinawa police arrested on the spot a 20-year-old Marine private affiliated with Marine Corps Air Station Futenma for destroying private property. During police questioning at the time of arrest, the suspect said, “I didn’t do anything,” and denied the charge.   At around 2:05 a.m. on Oct. 1, the suspect allegedly pulled two aluminum grates off….Read more

  • October 2, 2022
  • , Okinawa Times , p. 27
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Foam extinguisher leaked at Atsugi base contained organic fluorine compounds

By Kawaguchi Hajime   Kanagawa Prefecture announced on Sept. 29 that the fire extinguishing agent discharged from a hangar onto a tarmac at the U.S. Naval Air Facility Atsugi (Yamato and Ayase City) contained organic fluorine compounds such as perfluorooctanesulfonic acid (PFOS) and perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA), which are detrimental to human health. The agent leaked into the Tategawa River, which….Read more

  • September 30, 2022
  • , Kanagawa Shimbun , p. 20
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Foam extinguishing agent discharged at Atsugi base leaked outside into river

By Kawaguchi Hajime   Kanagawa Shimbun learned on Sept. 28 that a foam extinguishing agent that had been discharged on the tarmac of the U.S. Naval Air Facility Atsugi (Yamato and Ayase cities) had flowed into the Tategawa River running through the base. Kanagawa Prefecture said that there is a possibility that the agent flowed downstream and out of the….Read more

  • September 29, 2022
  • , Kanagawa Shimbun , p. 22
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Large number of venomous spiders found at Sagami General Depot

On Sept. 28, Sagamihara City announced that 61 gray widow spiders and 510 of their eggs had been found at the U.S. Army’s Sagami General Depot, which is located in the city’s Chuo Ward. The city apparently was informed of the matter by the U.S. Army Garrison Japan.   According to the city’s base measures office, two spiders and 14….Read more

  • September 29, 2022
  • , Kanagawa Shimbun , p. 19
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