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US Embassy Says Bus Bid Fair

Date Posted: 2000-08-04

Naha City Assembly has sent a petition to the U.S. Embassy in Tokyo requesting help in securing the base contracts for Okinawan companies. The move was prompted when Ryukyu Bus Co. lost the DoD school bus contract the company had held for more than 20 years to a Tokyo-based company.

An embassy spokesman, however, refused to accept the petition. “All base contracts are offered on an equal basis after a fair and transparent bidding process where the best bid wins. There’s no way we can bend this process for political considerations,” the spokesman said.

However, socialist members of the Naha City Assembly vowed to fight. “The U.S. has so many bases in Okinawa that cause such a heavy burden on local people, it should be only fair that we get something back in exchange,” one assembly member said.

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