Okinawa City Council passes protest resolution over hit-and-run

December 16, 2014 Ryukyu Shimpo

On December 16, the Okinawa City Council unanimously adopted a protest resolution and opinion letter over a hit-and -run incident involving a U.S. military officer. The incident occurred at Misato, Okinawa City, on December 4, and a U.S Marine Major is under investigation as a suspect. The resolution, urges the U.S ambassador to Japan and the U.S military to make a rapid apology to the victim and provide full compensation for him.

It demands that preventive measures be carried out through education for U.S service members and that ‘liberty policy’ restrictions on drinking off-base are re-imposed.

The council takes seriously that incidents such as hit-and-runs and drink driving incidents by U.S. service members have taken place frequently in many places. The resolution states that the U.S military should find a drastic solution to prevent incidents and accidents, and asked that this solution be reported to the council. With regard to the liberty policy, which was eased on December 9, the council pointed out that the policy has not prevented incidents, and that the military should further strengthen its rules and discipline.

The council will send this resolution and opinion letter to eight destinations, including the speaker of the House of Representatives and the president of the House of Councilors.

(English translation by T&CT)

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