Fussa City dispute is investigated
YOKOTA AIR BASE, Japan — Fussa City police say they responded to a street fight June 21 in the city’s bar district between Americans and a Japanese man.
Police received an emergency call at 2:47 a.m. about an altercation that occurred after a Japanese driver honked at a group of 40 to 50 Americans walking in the street, said Yoshiharu Itao, Fussa police deputy chief. The Americans allegedly got angry and kicked the man’s car.
The driver left and later returned with a weapon, Itao said. One American was injured when he accidentally touched the weapon, which investigators suggested was an edged tool.
Neither party filed a criminal complaint and no charges will be filed, Itao said.
Yokota’s 374th Security Forces Squadron sent personnel to the scene, Itao said. But the squadron declined to comment, saying the incident was under investigation.
An article in the June 27 Fuji Flyer, Yokota’s base newspaper, said a military member assigned to Yokota was assaulted with a deadly weapon that same evening in Fussa’s bar row.
Security forces in the story reminded base personnel to “proceed cautiously when traveling and socializing off-base.”