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Kin farmer upset for military truck’s foray into field

Date Posted: 2004-01-22

A U-turn by a truck driver believed traveling the wrong road has a northern Okinawa farmer irate. A farmer in Igei, Kin Town, discovered that an American military truck had entered briefly on his field and destroyed houseplants that he was growing for sale.

After concluding that the tracks were likely left by an American military vehicle, a local village chief called the Naha Self Defense Administration Bureau to investigate. Their investigation concluded that an American military truck driver had lost his way and had been forced to make a U-turn. “There had been no way for the large truck to make the turn without entering the farm field. It is unfortunate that he destroyed those plants,” a self-defense force spokesman said.

“I discovered these tracks on my field. Based on the markings we came to conclusion that it must have been an American military truck. It took me more than a year to grow those plants, and now I have to start from the beginning. I hope they pay for the damages,” the upset farmer said.

The self-defense force spokesman also said that his bureau was ready to pay for damages. He also said that they had lodged a complaint through official channels, urging U.S. commanders to tell their drivers to be careful.

Local residents said they have filed several complaints over the military’s use of the small road. Some 10 years ago they even placed signs stating that the road was off limits after a similar incident happened. However, the signs were eventually removed, but now they wonder whether they should put the signs up again.

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