Okinawa Mayor protests assault perpetrated by US military, demands regular conferences between locals and the military

Okinawa Mayor protests assault perpetrated by US military, demands regular conferences between locals and the military

Photograph: Mayor Sachio Kuwae answering questions from reporters after making his appeal August 2, at Kadena Air Base’s 2nd Gate, Okinawa City


August 2, 2017 Ryukyu Shimpo

Okinawa – Okinawa City Mayor Sachio Kuwae visited the U.S. Air Force’s 18th Mission Support Group at Kadena Air Base on the morning of August 2, to protest an assault perpetrated by an airman belonging to the base just before dawn July 21.

Kuwae was demanding that regular joint conferences be set up between the city, business owners from around the base, and the military, to co-develop policies to prevent incidents in the future, and to implement an education program for the U.S. military.

Additionally, Kuwae also called for an apology be given and reparations paid to the victim, and re-emphasized the need for the education program. After the appeal, Mayor Kuwae said to reporters, “We cannot allow violence against our citizens.

If we were to create a place for locals to voice their concerns, it would lead to stopping the U.S. military’s violent behavior.

” According to the Mayor, Col. Paul Oldham, commander of the 18th Mission Support Group said that, “based on the result of the investigation, an apology and compensation will follow.”

(English translation by T&CT and Sam Grieb)

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