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Okinawa affairs minister “disapproves of” resumption of Osprey training

  • January 7, 2017
  • , Ryukyu Shimpo , p. 2
  • JMH Translation

TOKYO – Representatives of the Okinawa Prefectural Assembly handed the assembly’s resolution and written opinion protesting the recent Osprey crash and demanding the withdrawal of the Ospreys, scrapping the plan to relocate the Futenma Air Station within Okinawa, the withdrawal of the U.S. Marines, and so forth to the Foreign Ministry, the Cabinet Office, and other government offices on Jan. 6. According to members of the delegation, during a meeting at the Cabinet Office, Okinawa Affairs Minister Yosuke Tsuruho stated, “I cannot possibly approve of this (resumption of Osprey training),” stressing his intent to call for ensuring safety.


While pointing out that he is “not in charge” of this issue, Tsuruho said: “The Okinawan people’s greatest concern is that airplanes may crash into their homes. What should happen is a firm commitment not to fly over residential areas as much as possible to avoid such accidents.”


Tsuruho also gave the following comments on the resumption of the Ospreys’ aerial refueling training at a news conference held after the cabinet meeting on the morning of Jan. 6: “As the minister in charge of Okinawa’s economic development, I need to continue to seek explanations necessary for the Okinawan people’s safety and peace of mind.”

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