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Another blow to US-Japan relations.

A child playing in a park nearby Camp Zama was hit by a stray golf ball yesterday

The 11-year-old was hit in the face with the golf ball after a member of the U.S. military playing golf on the course inside the base accidentally hit it over the fence and into a park. The kid was not seriously hurt, but he did get a bloody nose.

The U.S. military has said it will take measures to make sure such an incident will not occur again in the future.

Teaching an amateur golfer to always hit the ball straight will need an act of God. Like Dr. McCoy may have said. "I'm a military officer, not a miracle worker."

Where else in the world but Japan would the news of a 11-year-old being struck by a golf ball be considered news? Some Japanese are unhappy with the US military presence in that island chain. When an incident, large or small happens, the local press jumps on it. Which is sometimes followed by a overreaction by US military authorities, like when military bases on Okinawa were put on lockdown. Badly hit golf balls can't be prevented, so will the course at Camp Zama be closed then?

Hat tip- GI at ROK Drop via Marmot's Hole


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Comments (17)

See? Sen. Harkin was right... (Below threshold)
Master Shake:

See? Sen. Harkin was right!

/sarc

Why are we there anyway? If... (Below threshold)
Stan25:

Why are we there anyway? If the Dems want to pull out troops, they should start there, instead of pulling them out of Iraq. This base has cost us a lot of taxpayer dollars. The people there don't seem to appreciate the sacrifice of money that the American people have paid to keep the Soviet Union out and also the taxpayer dollars to rebuild Japan after the War.

Japan only wants us there w... (Below threshold)
GianniD:

Japan only wants us there when NoKo threatens them.

I say pull out of Germany, Japan, etc immediately, or let the 'host' country pay the complete bill.

I think it's about time tha... (Below threshold)
GarandFan Author Profile Page:

I think it's about time that we OUTLAW golf at all military bases!

Funny little story....if yo... (Below threshold)
Jim:

Funny little story....if you really want to see the Japanese up in arms lets close the entire golf course since it is used daily by the local nationals. Then Japan will really be angry.

Jim beat me to it, but seri... (Below threshold)

Jim beat me to it, but seriously, when I was stationed in Korea, the U.S. Military folks could rarely get a tee time because the locals were always on the course. Same with the bowling alley. The only time you could get a lane was is if you were on a league...and there were more Korean leagues than American at a U.S. Air Base!

GarandFan...you'd have as much luck outlawing high school football in Texas as banning golf from military bases.

"Which is sometimes followe... (Below threshold)
bryanD:

"Which is sometimes followed by a overreaction by US military authorities, like when military bases on Okinawa were put on lockdown."-bj

It's either that or the JPs make a barracks-to-barracks search and take the suspect(s) away to Naha for an enforced diet of fish heads and rice (and karate lessons). Paid for by Uncle Sucker, of course.

Lots of Filapina slave girls on Camp Butler (aka Okinawa) and native slaves, too. In the early 80s all JPs (police) were mainlanders and the natives were regarded as niggers. Not that Okinawans really cared (I don't know).

On the bright side, great dog legs (super chicken)in an egg yolk batter for $3.00. And the noodle yakisoba: superb. Also, the "Italian Kitchen" run by a retired USAF guy and his Japanese wife and daughters in Kinville: spaghetti and veal cutlets: 5 stars.

As for golf: excuse my dust, but the only sport I ever witnessed on The Rock was counting how fast the natives could collect our spent brass in the field.

"As for golf: excuse my dus... (Below threshold)
bryanD:

"As for golf: excuse my dust, but the only sport I ever witnessed on The Rock was counting how fast the natives could collect our spent brass in the field."-me!

CORRECTION: Bowling! How could I forget Drunk Bowling! (Good times! Good times!)

I understand you so much be... (Below threshold)
epador:

I understand you so much better after sharing all that BD.

Thanks.

bryanD - "It's either t... (Below threshold)
marc:

bryanD - "It's either that or the JPs make a barracks-to-barracks search and take the suspect(s) away to Naha for an enforced diet of fish heads and rice (and karate lessons). Paid for by Uncle Sucker, of course."

And you're full of sh** and haven't clue #1 how the Status of Forces works.

To be specific ARTICLE XVII sections five through ten.

Nitwit.

After the lawsuit, I imagin... (Below threshold)
dingoatemebaby:

After the lawsuit, I imagine little league baseball will pick up in Japan.

"And you're full of sh** an... (Below threshold)
bryanD:

"And you're full of sh** and haven't clue #1 how the Status of Forces works."-marc

http://www.google.com/search?hl=en&client=firefox-a&rls=org.mozilla%3Aen-US%3Aofficial&hs=1N9&q=naha+prison&btnG=Search

bryand - You really are a p... (Below threshold)
marc:

bryand - You really are a piece of work, a disingenuous one, but a piece none the less.

So just what does that search prove other than you know how to use Google?

It damn sure doesn't prove you're assertion the Japanese authorities can run roughshod over U.S. Military installations by making searches of barracks and taking people away without, presumably, due process.

Why didn't you search for the actual Status of Forces Agreement?

Afraid it would make it too easy for people to see what a fool you are?

And make sure you read the section I noted earlier.

Nitwit.

marcia, the JPs have had ca... (Below threshold)
bryanD:

marcia, the JPs have had carte blanch to Camp Butler since 1975. Any incidents by unknown marines involving civilian property or Japanese citizens or slaves will cause the JPs to determine which battalions or companies had liberty at the time. The next step is to the company CP accompanied by the NIS. The next step involves each platoon falling out on the parade deck. While the JPs and NIS and the CO, OOD and SOG poke around inside the barracks, the platoon sergeant gives us the scoop. Then we all eventually fall out and resume whatever we were doing. The person(s) eventually suspected or confessed are then taken to the police station. NOT the brig. And if tried and found guilty the convict doesn't get shipped back to the RedLine in Philadelphia; they go to the Jap prison at Naha. (And your right: I didn't click your link. You're a borderline spammer of the bullshit bafflement variety.)

Still haven't read the Stat... (Below threshold)
marc:

Still haven't read the Status of Forces Agreement have you. Nothing you have posted fits what is legal under the agreement.

As far as the convicted spending their time in a Japanese prison... oh well, too bad so sad. It's that whole thing called doing time for the crime.

Call them a Whammbulance Brian, a Japanese one.

I am sensitive to what's go... (Below threshold)

I am sensitive to what's going on on Okinawa. I was stationed there from 1995-1998 (and I have no idea what you're talking about with the "slaves"). The Japanese opposition to US forces in Okinawa is somewhat overstated and mainly political. They would love to see MCAS Futenma close, and, as last I heard, that's in the works.

However, Camp Zama is located in mainland, near Tokyo and is the headquarters for US Army Japan.

"...(and I have no idea wha... (Below threshold)
bryanD:

"...(and I have no idea what you're talking about with the "slaves").."-c

I mean girls who enlist for menial labor on Honshu but who end up in the Ryukus and are made to serve drinks in booger bars, who find themselves suddenly asked one day to fill in for the stripper by management, and then graduate to giving out complimentary hand jobs so customers stay buying drinks where they are instead of going next door.

Misled indentured servants?

"The Japanese opposition to US forces in Okinawa is somewhat overstated"-c

True. $$$





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