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Cities Protest U.S. Warships’ Visit, Warplane Fuel Dumping

August 30, 1988

TOKYO (AP) _ Two cities protested to the Japanese government and U.S. military authorities Tuesday about a planned visit of American warships that may carry nuclear weapons and a U.S. warplane that dumped fuel on a town.

The city council in Yokosuka, where the U.S. Navy has a base, passed a resolution unanimously asking the government to seek cancellation of a visit by the cruiser USS Bunker Hill and the destroyer USS Fife, city spokesman Junichi Ito said.

Ito said they are due at Yokosuka, south of Tokyo, on Wednesday.

He quoted the resolution as saying the ships may carry nuclear-tipped Tomahawk missiles in violation of Japan’s ban on the possession, production or presence of nuclear arms.

In Yamato, southwest of Tokyo, Mayor Takatoshi Inoue protested to the U.S. military about a A-6 aircraft that dumped fuel on the town Monday night in an apparent emergency, city spokesman Toshiyuki Saeki said.

He said a 48-year-old housewife was splashed with jet fuel as she walked home.

Inoue said cockpit light indicated a fire aboard the jet, and the pilot dumped fuel as a safety measure, but authorities found no evidence of fire aboard.

The news agency Kyodo said a U.S. military spokesman apologized and said U.S. authorities would consider paying compensation to the housewife and people whose cars were splashed with fuel.

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