Another blow to US-Japan relations.
A child playing in a park nearby Camp Zama was hit by a stray golf ball yesterday
The 11-year-old was hit in the face with the golf ball after a member of the U.S. military playing golf on the course inside the base accidentally hit it over the fence and into a park. The kid was not seriously hurt, but he did get a bloody nose.
The U.S. military has said it will take measures to make sure such an incident will not occur again in the future.
Teaching an amateur golfer to always hit the ball straight will need an act of God. Like Dr. McCoy may have said. “I’m a military officer, not a miracle worker.”
Where else in the world but Japan would the news of a 11-year-old being struck by a golf ball be considered news? Some Japanese are unhappy with the US military presence in that island chain. When an incident, large or small happens, the local press jumps on it. Which is sometimes followed by a overreaction by US military authorities, like when military bases on Okinawa were put on lockdown. Badly hit golf balls can’t be prevented, so will the course at Camp Zama be closed then?