The U.S. government has sacked Kevin Maher as head of the Japan affairs office of the State Department following his remarks that reportedly disparaged the people of Okinawa.
In off-the-record lecture in Washington in December before 14 students who were about to visit Tokyo and Okinawa, Kevin Maher allegedly said "Okinawans are masters of 'manipulation' and 'extortion' " when they deal with the Tokyo government and that "although Okinawans grow goya, other prefectures grow more than Okinawa. Okinawans are too lazy to grow goya."
Goya is a kind of bitter gourd and is used in Okinawan cuisine as a significant ingredient.
But that alleged gaffe tastes much more bitter than goya for people living in Okinawa.