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CAMP FOSTER, Okinawa — The Kin town council Friday adopted a resolution protesting construction of a new U.S. Army firing range on Camp Hansen.

Kin is next to the Marine base.

U.S. Forces Japan recently informed the Japanese government it will build a rifle range on Camp Hansen near an existing firing range, with 10 shooting booths on the second and third floors and rappelling facilities along both ends of the building.

The resolution noted the community’s objection to a new Army urban warfare complex near Camp Hansen’s Range 4 in 2005.

“It triggered the memory of the protest rally we, the residents of Kin, had in front of Camp Hansen’s main gate,” the resolution said.

In July 2005, thousands of local residents and their supporters demonstrated against the Army Special Forces facility. They claimed the complex was too close to a residential area 328 yards away. The uproar eventually forced the Japanese government to foot the bill to build an identical facility farther from the residential area, replacing the $3 million Army facility.

“[The plan for another firing range] tells us that both U.S. and Japanese governments have learned nothing from the (2005) protest rally,” the resolution said.

Members of the town council on Friday visited the Defense Facilities Administration Agency’s Naha Bureau, Ministry of Foreign Affairs Okinawa Liaison Office and Okinawa prefectural government with the protest resolution.

The council will deliver the resolution soon to the U.S Consulate in Naha, U.S. Forces Japan and the U.S. Embassy in Tokyo.

No comment was available from the U.S. Army on Friday.


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