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LDP Okinawa chapter chief demands that Defense Bureau stop resumption of Osprey flights

  • December 20, 2016
  • , Tokyo Shimbun , p. 3
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In reaction to the resumption of flights by the U.S. military’s Ospreys, Moriyuki Teruya, chairman of the Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) Okinawa chapter, summoned Koichiro Nakajima, head of the Defense Ministry’s Okinawa Defense Bureau, to his office in Naha City on Dec. 19, where he yelled at him: “This is outrageous! Stop (the resumption of flights) right now. Tell the Prime Minister to call (the U.S.).” This was an unusually strong protest from the LDP, an opposition party in the Okinawa prefectural government. It is believed that the LDP was sensitive to public opinion in Okinawa. When Nakajima explained that the resumption of flights was “reasonable” and “understandable,” Teruya shouted: “What’s reasonable? Did they investigate into the cause of the accident?”

 

Teruya strongly criticized the Abe administration’s response. He said: “Can you allow something like that just because you were told (by the U.S.)? Obtaining the Okinawan people’s understanding should come first.”

 

The LDP Okinawa chapter supports the relocation of the Futenma Air Station in Ginowan City to Henoko, Nago City, adopting a different position from the Onaga administration. However, it stands for the dispersion of Ospreys out of Okinawa and moving their operational base to the mainland.

 

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