Japan leaders at odds over U.S. force agreement

BY JULIAN RYALL

Japan Correspondent

TOKYO — Japan’s new minister for Okinawa affairs said on Aug. 8 that the Japan-U.S. status of forces agreement should be “re-examined” after the fatal crash of a U.S. military Osprey transport aircraft off Australia, although he was quickly forced to defend comments that run counter to the government’s official position on the issue.

Only appointed one week previously, Tetsuma Esaki said, “It is necessary to review SOFA a little” at a press conference in Tokyo, although he declined to specify how an agreement that dates back to . . .

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