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Japan, U.S. officials sign Kinser disaster-preparedness agreement Cpl. Elizabeth Case

Mayor Tetsuji Matsumoto and Maj. Gen. Charles L. Hudson stand during the playing of the Japanese and U.S. national anthems Jan. 17 during a ceremony at Camp Kinser. Matsumoto and Hudson met to sign a local implementation agreement specfiying procedures for the evacuation of Okinawa residents in the event of a natural disaster, and the provisions for evacuation drills to maintain readiness. The agreement allows the residents of Urasoe City immediate and direct passage to higher ground or shelter via routes that pass through designated parts of the installation. The agreement helps maintain the strong relationship between the citizens and military personnel through their common goal to create a safer, more prepared community, according to Hudson. Matsumoto is the mayor of Urasoe City and Maj. Gen. Charles L. Hudson is the commanding general of Marine Corps Installations Pacific and Marine Corps Base Camp Smedley D. Butler.

CAMP KINSER, Okinawa - Mayor Tetsuji Matsumoto of Urasoe City and Maj. Gen. Charles L. Hudson, commanding general of Marine Corps Installations Pacific and Marine Corps Base Camp Smedley D. Butler, signed a local implementing agreement Jan. 17 at Camp Kinser specifying procedures for the evacuation of Okinawa residents through Camp Kinser in the event of a natural disaster.

The procedures allow the installation to open one or more of its gates, granting citizens a route for immediate and direct passage to higher ground or shelter immediately before, during or following a natural disaster.

“It’s my pleasure to sign the Local Implementing Agreement for limited disaster preparedness/response access to U.S. Forces, Japan facilities and areas today,” said Matsumoto. “Following the Great East Japan Earthquake, residents highly appreciate this agreement which offers Minatogawa-Sakibaru district and Irijima district the best tsunami response measures.”

This agreement is the fifth of its kind between Okinawa-based officials and Marine Corps leaders, and is an important way to ensure the mutual safety of the citizens of Okinawa and the personnel stationed on U.S. installations.

“Disaster preparedness is critical to safeguarding lives and to quickly recovering from the impacts of a natural disaster,” said Hudson. “The Marine Corps is committed to doing everything we can to be prepared to respond in the event of such a crisis. By treaty we are allies, but by choice we are partners, friends and neighbors. This agreement serves to reinforce our commitment to our friends and neighbors of Urasoe City.”

The signing, which was also attended by representatives of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Okinawa Defense Bureau, and U.S. Consul General Al Magleby, is another step in preparing the two communities for a successful, unified response to future natural disasters.


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Date Taken:01.17.2014

Date Posted:01.17.2014 04:13

Location:CAMP KINSER, OKINAWA, JP

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