Photo/IllutrationOkinawa Governor Takeshi Onaga, right, hands over a letter of demands to Foreign Minister Taro Kono in Naha on Dec. 2. (Go Katono)

NAHA--In his first visit to Okinawa since assuming his post, Foreign Minister Taro Kono did not offer concrete replies to demands from Okinawa Governor Takeshi Onaga concerning the U.S. military in the prefecture in their meeting held here on Dec. 2.

The meeting was held in the Okinawa prefectural government building.

In the beginning of the meeting, which was opened to the media, Onaga protested the killing of a Japanese woman by a former U.S. Marine and civilian employee in April 2016 and a fatal traffic accident caused by a U.S. Marine in November this year.

The governor then demanded a fundamental review of the Japan-U.S. Status of Forces Agreement (SOFA).

According to the Okinawa prefectural government, Kono, who took his post in August, replied, “We want to improve what we can improve.”

Onaga also demanded that the central government scrap the plan of relocating U.S. Marine Corps Air Station Futenma to the Henoko district of Nago, also in Okinawa Prefecture. However, Kono did not touch on the relocation issue.