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Okinawan politicians draft revised SOFA for Diet approval

Date Posted: 2002-02-15

A nonpartisan group from the Lower House of the Japanese Diet on Feb. 11 completed a draft of a revised version of the Status of Forces Agreement between Japan and the United States. The draft contains several amendments including clauses on law enforcement, environmental measures and compensation in the event of accidents or incidents occurring off base. Okinawan Diet members Mikio Shimoji of the Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) and Mitsuko Tomon from the Social Democratic Party played a major role in the revision process. They plan to propose the revised agreement during next year’s regular session of the Diet after first securing approval from their respective parties.

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