Chatan Mayor Masaharu Noguni said he has urged the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Okinawa governor’s office to conduct a new environmental survey of the former Hamby Airfield after recent media reports claimed the toxic defoliant was buried there.
It was the second time this summer that the U.S. military in Asia has been accused of burying Agent Orange on its bases. Three Vietnam veterans claimed they buried it on Camp Carroll in South Korea, but so far joint testing by the U.S. and South Korea has found no trace.
Japan’s Ministry of Defense said it has found no evidence of the toxic substance.
“I was stunned,” Noguni said. “But when you see what had happened on Camp Lester, it is something that is very highly likely.”