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U.S. bus parks in Naha bus terminal without permission

Date Posted: 2008-08-06

A security guard walking through the Izumizaki Bus Terminal in Naha City first noticed the microbus parked in an area reserved for local zone buses.
The bus was spotted about 5:50 p.m. Sunday, sending bus company workers and security personnel to see whose it was, and why it was in the bus terminal. The word Navy was emblazoned on the side of the locked bus, which had no permission to be in the bus terminal area.
Two hours later a group of ten Americans showed up at the bus, where they were asked “Why did you park the bus here? This is a private area, and you can’t park the bus here.” One American expressed surprise, saying he thought it was a public parking area, and “We never knew this parking area is private.”
The American apologized, telling workers he and his friends “had gone to see the 10,000 people’s Eisa Festival on Kokusai Street. An Okinawa Bus Company official says “we didn’t have a problem, but this is not good manners. They should have said something, and not park without telling somebody.”
“I am so surprised,” a company director said. “In some cases we’ve had a few tourists and mainlanders come into the area without notice, but not like this American bus. None of the vehicles ever stopped here before.” The director said he’s “heard about American vehicles going to schools, but I’ve never heard about a military bus coming to a bus terminal and parking for two hours.”

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