Captain Scott Hardy
Fleet Activities Okinawa
Criminal Offenses Repeatedly Committed by the U.S. Service Members(Protest)
On October 23rd 2019, an incident occurred in Naha where a Marine stationed aboard USS Boxer was arrested for assault. Also, on the 27th of the same month, an incident occurred in Onna Village where four sailors belonging to the U.S. Navy in Hawaii were arrested for trespassing and obstruction of performance of public duty.
Incidents committed by the U.S. military personnel bring about huge concern to the residents of Okinawa who must live as neighbors of the military bases. The incident in Onna Village, especially, was heinous since they broke the windshield of a police cruiser.
Although these incidents were not committed by the U.S. military service members stationed in Okinawa, we think they will have a negative impact on the operation of the U.S. military in Okinawa.
We ask you to enforce safety measures, stricter discipline, and education programs for the U.S. military temporarily visiting from the U.S. as well.
Further, the co-working team (CWT) that aims at preventing incidents and accidents involving the off-duty U.S. military service members and the civilian component is supposed to hold discussions on the matter. Although OPG has repeatedly made requests, a discussion has not been held since April, 2017. Therefore, we strongly urge to hold a CWT meeting promptly.
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.