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SDF used alternate transportation method in Okinawa due to refusal by ferry crew

  • September 6, 2016
  • , Yomiuri
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Yomiuri wrote that the GSDF was forced to use alternate methods to transport equipment and personnel from the main island of Okinawa to Ishigaki and other islands in Okinawa in response to North Korea’s announcement of a missile launch in February this year because the union for crew members of a pre-chartered ferry refused to operate the ship on the grounds that private sector employees should not engage in “contingency operations.” Noting that the use of chartered vessels has been viewed as an effective mean to transport personnel and weapons in emergencies in view of the shortage of transportation of capabilities by the SDF, the daily said the episode will force the Defense Ministry to reconsider this approach.  

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