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Tiny village demands military stop using Ginoza local road

Date Posted: 2011-09-02

A tiny Ginoza Village district is taking on the American military, demanding that U.S. vehicles stop traveling a military road connecting Camp Hansen with national highway 329.

Shirohara district of Ginoza Village, which controls a 93 square meters patch of area that encompasses the route traveled daily by a dozen military vehicles, has made the demand, while advising they’ll not renew a contract permitting use of the road in fiscal year 2012. The head of the Shirohara district, Shokei Yamauchi, led a delegation to the Ginoza Village Office and the Kin Town Office to serve their demands. Both communities assured Yamauchi they’d comply with the request to deny military traffic use of the road.

Yamauchi says his community is concerned about the traffic, which has raised anxieties. He notes there’s already been one fatal accident involving a U.S. forces vehicle on the road. “We hope U.S. Forces vehicles will use prefectural road 104 nearby, instead of the military road,” he says. “If the U.S. Forces don’t use the prefectural road except in cases of emergency, we don’t sign a new contract.”

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