(Akahata: November 6, 2015 – p. 4)
Japanese Communist Party lower house member Toru Miyamoto and Taku Yamazoe, a JCP candidate for the Tokyo constituency in the House of Councilors election, met on Nov. 5 with residents around the U.S. military Yokota Base (Tama region, Tokyo), where the CV22 Osprey is scheduled to be deployed for special operations. The politicians and residents discussed the current situation of base buildup and actual damage caused by the base. Yoshiko Kira, a JCP member of the House of Councilors, accompanied them.
Ten members of “Association of Nishi-Tama to Call for the Removal of the Yokota Base” including Mieko Takahashi, the association representative, attended the meeting. The members said: “On Oct. 14, officials of the Defense Ministry explained to local municipalities the environmental review regarding the deployment of CV22. We suspect the ministry did not disclose everything. The deployment of the special operations aircraft means that dangerous Osprey will continually be conducting low-altitude and night training.”
Miyamoto pointed out that the environmental review did not include information on flight frequency and the number of aircraft mishaps in the past, saying, “I will continue to ask questions in the Diet.” Yamazoe said, “I want to emphasize the dangers of the Yokota Base through public speaking.”
After observing the Yokota Base, Yamazoe and Michinobu Tokutome, a JCP member of the Tokyo Metropolitan Assembly, met with members of the Second Litigation Group of the Yokota Base Pollution Akishima Chapter. They discussed how local municipalities such as Fussa and Akishima are handling the matter. The plaintiffs expressed their concern that “the base functions will be strengthened” with parachute training and circular flights over the base. (Slightly Abridged)