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U.S. Government proposes 5.56 million settlement

Date Posted: 1998-07-10

U.S. government has proposed a settlement of 5.56 million as a compensation to the family of Teppei Ebihara, then 19, who died in a traffic accident involving a U.S. service member in Feb., 1996. Ebihara's family took the U.S. serviceman to the court seeking compensation and Naha District Court ruled that the serviceman should pay 36.63 million in damages.

Since in this kind of cases the U.S. government is the sponsor of the serviceman, it is liable for the damages. But in a proposal handed down by the government, Friday, the amount offered is only 5.56 million, only 15 percent of what the court awarded to the family.

The low amount is reportedly upsetting the family. In a statement the family issued through their lawyer the family stated that, "It seems that the accused man doesn't feel sorry for the accident that killed our son."

In the case the U.S. government does not pay the whole amount awarded by the Japanese court, the Government of Japan will pay the difference as stipulated in SACO agreements.

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