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Okinawa leaders criticize planned resumption of Harrier flights

  • October 6, 2016
  • , Okinawa Times, Ryukyu Shimpo
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Okinawa Times and Ryukyu Shimpo ran front- and inside-page reports on local reactions to the announcement on Wednesday by Okinawa Area Coordinator Nicholson that the U.S. Marines will restart flights of AV-8 Harriers on Oct. 7. The papers quoted Governor Onaga, municipality leaders, and prefectural assembly members as criticizing the planned resumption as “unilateral.” Local fishermen also expressed anger and concern in response to the plan to resume the flights. The papers wrote that Nicholson neither disclosed the cause of the September crash nor offered an apology for the incident. Ryukyu Shimpo ran an editorial criticizing the decision to resume the flights as irresponsible.

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