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Eyebrows raised over GIís having proper car insurance

Date Posted: 2008-10-16

Are American service personnel stationed on Okinawa maintaining vehicle insurance as required by law?

Thatís the question two Okinawa Diet members are asking, saying they suspect GIís and civilian employees in many cases are not. Keiko Itokazu and Tokushin Yamauchi say all military personnel must have car insurance when they register their vehicles, as specified since 1997 by the Special Action Committee Okinawa Agreement.

They say ďunfortunately, we donít know how many military people have canceled the insurance and gotten their money backĒ once the registration process is complete. Military personnel must purchase •30 million for life coverage and •3 million minimum for damages. Itokazu and Yamauchi cite instances where the Japanese government has had to pay claims because the U.S. military motorists were uninsured, adding GIís leave the island quickly and the government cannot collect money from them.

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