(Tokyo Shimbun: May 12, 2015 – p.1)
The government will officially announce on May 12 that the U.S. Air Force vertical take-off and landing transport aircraft CV-22 Osprey will be deployed to the U.S. Forces Yokota Base (Fussa City, Tokyo). Officials from the foreign affairs and defense ministries will provide briefings on the deployment to the Tokyo Metropolitan Government and six municipal governments around the base. This is the first time for the Osprey to be deployed on mainland Japan. Local municipalities will undoubtedly be opposed to the Osprey deployment on the Yokota base, which is located in a residential area.
According to the North Kanto Defense Bureau, after receiving the U.S. government’s official “notification to host country” of the Osprey deployment, the bureau notified at around 16:00 on May 11 six municipal governments: Tachikawa, Akishima, Fussa, Musashi-Murayama, Hamura, and Mizuho. The foreign affairs and defense ministries will send their officials to explain the deployment on the morning of May 12.
The U.S. government currently operates 24 MV-22 Ospreys designed for the U.S. Marine Corps at the Futenma Air Station in Okinawa Prefecture. Three new CV-22 Ospreys will apparently be deployed to the Yokota base in late 2017 and seven more will be deployed within several years for a total of ten. (Abridged)