April 15, 2019
Lieutenant General Eric M. Smith
Okinawa Area Coordinator
Okinawa Area Field Office
United States Forces Japan
Re: Incident in Chatan Town Involving a U.S. Sailor Assigned to Marine Corps on Okinawa
On April 13, 2019, there was an incident where a male U.S. sailor assigned to 3rd Marine Division on Okinawa allegedly murdered a Japanese woman and then killed himself.
It is alleged that this incident is a murder case and peculiar incident in which the perpetrator killed himself, which causes great anxiety among the residents and this is absolutely unforgivable and we strongly protest against the incident.
Every time an incident involving U.S. service members or civilians has occurred, the Okinawa Prefectural Government has repeatedly and strongly urged the U.S. Forces and related authorities to enforce discipline, take preventive measures, and enhance education programs over and over again.
However, it is extremely regrettable and we feel infuriated that this incident took place and a precious life of an Okinawa resident was taken while the memory is fresh of a murder of a woman by a U.S. civilian worker that happened three years ago.
Although the Okinawa Prefectural Government has requested the U.S. Forces to take preventive measures each time an incident occurs, such incident happened once again. We must say that discipline and education programs of human rights and so forth by the U.S. Forces have not been working at all.
The Okinawa Prefectural Government strongly requests that effective and fundamental measures be implemented under the responsibility of the U.S. Forces, Japanese and the United States governments in order to avoid such tragic incident from happening again.
Governor of Okinawa Prefecture
Note: This document has been translated from the Japanese original for reference purposes only. In the event of any discrepancy between this translated document and the Japanese original, the original shall prevail.