• Kyodo


A senior Defense Ministry official was fired Tuesday from the post of chief of the Okinawa Defense Bureau over an indiscreet comment he allegedly made about the government’s plan to relocate the Futenma military base in Okinawa Prefecture.

Defense Minister Yasuo Ichikawa announced the dismissal after questioning the official, Satoshi Tanaka, about media reports quoting him as using a Japanese term often interpreted as implying an act of sexual violence against women in reference to the controversial plan.

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