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U.S. military resumes Osprey refueling drills

  • January 7, 2017
  • , Asahi, Mainichi, Yomiuri, Nikkei, Sankei, Tokyo Shimbun
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All Saturday morning papers reported that the U.S. military conducted aerial refueling training by the Futenma-based Ospreys on Friday for the first time since the December mishap off Nago despite strong opposition in Okinawa. According to Asahi, the U.S. military informed MOD that Friday’s training was carried out “without any problems.” Several Saturday evening papers quoted Defense Minister Inada as telling reporters in Paris on Friday that the U.S. military does not usually provide Japan with detailed information on its training, but it did so this time because the GOJ conveyed the Japanese public’s strong interest and concern over the accident. Yomiuri wrote that Inada added that Japan will continue to call on the U.S. to make maximum efforts to ensure the safety of Osprey operations and minimize their impact on local residents.

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