On Oct. 5, the Okinawa prefectural assembly concluded deliberations for its regular meeting for the month of September. Regarding a recent incident in which a Harrier aircraft crashed off the eastern coast of Okinawa, Director General of the Governor’s Office Kiichiro Jahana commented: “One of the reasons for the excessive number of aircraft flying over Okinawa is the vast aerial training areas and firing ranges we host. The prefectural government should pursue the return of the training areas in the airspace and waters around Okinawa.”
Jahana pointed out that in Okinawa, not only land-based training areas, but also those in the ocean and airspace are designated training areas where local activities such as fishing are restricted.
With regard to the Kadena base, where flyovers are becoming a common occurrence, the director said that “the prefectural government has contacted the town of Kadena to arrange a visit by the governor,” revealing Governor Onaga’s plan to inspect the Kadena base.