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U.S. military continues external lift training despite tire incident

  • March 10, 2017
  • , Okinawa Times, Ryukyu Shimpo
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Ryukyu Shimpo front-paged a report saying that concerning the incident in which tires fell from a UH-1 helicopter during external lift training at Camp Hansen on Wednesday, the U.S. Marines in Okinawa told the Defense Ministry’s Okinawa Bureau on the same day that the training is absolutely necessary for pilots to fulfill their responsibility to conduct humanitarian and disaster relief operations. The paper wrote that although the municipal governments of Ginoza and Kin are calling for the suspension of the training, the U.S. military said the training will continue. Okinawa Times wrote that the mayors of Kin and Ginoza called the incident outrageous on Thursday.

 

Ryukyu Shimpo also wrote that Defense Minister Inada told an Upper House committee session on Thursday that the GOJ has called on the U.S. side to exercise maximum attention to safety during the training. However, Inada did not disclose whether Tokyo has lodged a protest with the U.S. military or requested a halt to the training. The paper also reported on local residents’ anger and concern over the incident. 

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