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GOJ to study alternate routes for transporting building materials for helipad construction

  • August 29, 2016
  • , Ryukyu Shimpo
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Ryukyu Shimpo gave top play to a report saying that despite opposition from Higashi Village Mayor Iju, the Defense Ministry is studying the possibility of using village and farm roads to transport building materials to the helipad construction site at the Northern Training Area because protesters have been trying to block Takae Bridge that connects Prefectural Route 70 to the site. The ministry is also considering the idea of using commercial helicopters to transport materials if it cannot use local roads. The SDF’s CH-47 helicopters could be used as a last resort, but the idea may be politically difficult because it would be necessary for the GOJ to obtain the agreement of the U.S.-Japan Joint Committee and an order from the defense minister to have SDF helicopters transport materials to a U.S. military facility.

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