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Okinawa papers say NTA return means heavier burden for some

  • December 22, 2016
  • , Okinawa Times, Ryukyu Shimpo
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This morning’s two major Okinawa papers reported on the reversion of a large portion of the Northern Training Area today, noting that Chief Cabinet Secretary Suga, Ambassador Kennedy, and other officials will take part in a ceremony marking the return to be held in Nago City this evening. Both papers insisted that some local residents may be forced to take on an “additional burden” because the newly built helipads in the remaining portion of the exercise field will be used by Ospreys. A prefectural government official was quoted by the Okinawa Times as saying: “GOJ officials do not understand local residents’ anxiety about Osprey flights.” Explaining that CCS Suga had been a very strong proponent of returning the NTA by the end of the year, Ryukyu Shimpo wrote that he will “lose face” if Okinawa Governor Onaga and other local politicians boycott the ceremony as planned.


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