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For now, I move the article from Randall Eskridge to this title because it is a classic WP:BLP1E. Suggestion for a better name are welcome. FloNight♥♥♥ 18:58, 20 March 2009 (UTC)
ARTICLE IS FACTUALLY INCORRECT: I was on Okinawa since 1992 and the requirement for US servicemembers to carry additional auto liability insurance goes back at least that far. Let me explain: Japanese law requires a very small portion of liability insurance to be purchased in conjunction with inspection. This is called JCI (Japanese compulsory insurance). This is all that is required by Japanese law. Many Okinawans do not carry more than this. The US Military has policy that requires servicemembers in Japan to carry an additional policy on top of this. This goes back to at least 1992 that I know of, but I suspect much further. Most refer to this as "American insurance". Around the time of the Padilla incident (1996) and the Eskridge incident (1998) the military doubled the coverage requirements for this insurance to help pay the ever increasing demands from Okinawan victims.
License plates: Same story. Vehicles owned by servemembers are required to have a Y-license plate which is easily identifiable. Again, this dates back to at least 1992 but I suspect probably almost to the time of reversion in 1972. FGR01 —Preceding unsigned comment added by 126.96.36.199 (talk) 20:56, 2 December 2009 (UTC)
Hey gents, I removed the sentences regarding license plates and insurance not being required. I am searching for a reference regarding insurance requirements. Bunns 1775 (talk) 14:18, 7 May 2010 (UTC)
I found this link which briefly talks about insurance, nothing major but at least it's something. Bunns 1775 (talk) 14:27, 7 May 2010 (UTC)
That is for the Marines and it present day. It doesn't say anything about when the accident happened. -- Esemono (talk) 15:01, 7 May 2010 (UTC)
I found this link concerning auto insurance. It states beginning Jan 97 US Service Members would be required to have supplemental auto insurance, which common sense tells us that in order to get supplemental auto insurance, you need to already have primary auto insurance. Will this please you enough so we can remove the blatanly incorrect information on these articles? By the way the Marine commander is the senior commander on Okinawa, meaning he has authority over all services. -- Bunns 1775 (talk) 16:06, 7 May 2010 (UTC)
Changed article to reflect new information. -- Esemono (talk) 23:02, 7 May 2010 (UTC)
This article is still incorrect. There were still requirements for insurance and license plates prior to 1997. We have enough military editors that have served in Okinawa that can verify that. Once I find a written reference to that effect I will be changing this article.Bunns 1775 (talk) 11:41, 10 May 2010 (UTC)
I found this article stating that Japanese Compulsory Auto Insurance was adopted in 1956, and this which was signed in 1960, which states "Privately owned vehicles of members of the United States Armed Forces, the civilian component, and their dependents shall carry Japanese number plates to be acquired under the same conditions as those applicable to Japanese nationals." Bunns 1775 (talk) 12:46, 10 May 2010 (UTC)
Your first article states that Japan adopted compulsory insurance, nothing about Americans being forced to take out insurance indeed if that was true why didn't Padilla have car insurance? Americans in Japan live by a separate parallel system of laws which is why Okinawans protest so much about their presence. -- Esemono (talk) 13:40, 10 May 2010 (UTC)
Because not everyone obeys the law. Were you present when these incidents happen. I have given 2 seperate references that show both license plates and insurance were required before these incidents. Yet you still state in the article that insurance wasn't required untill 1997. I was stationed in Okinawa. We abide by the same laws they do. We are required to get the compulsory auto insurance, in addition we are required to get supplemental insurance, and it can get expensive. I will compromise with you, I can live with the article as is if you can.Bunns 1775 (talk) 14:45, 10 May 2010 (UTC)
That may be TRUE but Wikiepedia isn't about truth its about Verifiability. You gave me a link that said it wasn't till 1997 that American's were required to buy Insurance. This link, that you provided, directly contradicts your statement that Americans had to have insurance. Why would the Americans sign a treaty that forced their members to buy insurance if they were already forced to buy insurance since 1956? The other link is about Japanese who were forced to buy insurance. It has nothing about whether Americans troops were forced to buy insurance as Americans are covered by a different set of laws as per the SOFA. -- Esemono (talk) 21:24, 10 May 2010 (UTC)