Lieutenant General H. Stacy Clardy, III
III Marine Expeditionary Force
Dropping illumination rounds of U.S. Forces on Kin Town (Protest)
In the afternoon of December 5, 2019, an incident happened where 3 illumination rounds of U.S. Forces from Camp Hansen fell onto a farm land and other areas in Igei District of Kin Town, adjacent to the base.
The areas where the illumination rounds fell are located only 50 meters away from a private residence. There are also an elevated road of Okinawa Express Way and steel towers for power lines in the vicinity. It is extremely regrettable that a single misstep in the incident could have led a serious accident causing damages to the lives and property of the prefectural residents.
In the vicinity of Camp Hansen, wildfires caused by live-fire training has frequently occurred, and there have been other accidents including shooting bullets to outside of the provided facilities of the U.S. Forces, as well as dropping materials on a ground during external lift training. Such accidents bring about huge concern to the residents of Okinawa who are forced to live side by side with the U.S. military bases on a daily basis.
The Okinawa Prefectural Government strongly protests against the accident, and strongly calls for thorough investigation into the cause, implementing effective preventive measures and disclosure of the results. We also strongly request the suspension of training which could have impacts on the surrounding area of the base.
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.