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Okinawa assembly delivers written protest against tire incident to U.S., Japanese governments

  • March 24, 2017
  • , Okinawa Times, Ryukyu Shimpo
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Okinawa Times and Ryukyu Shimpo wrote that a group of Okinawa prefectural assembly members delivered a written opinion on Thursday to the U.S. Consulate General Naha, the Defense Ministry’s Okinawa Bureau, and other relevant entities in Okinawa. The assembly unanimously adopted the written opinion last week in response to the recent incident in which tires fell from a U.S. military helicopter at Camp Hansen. The opinion calls on the U.S. military not to conduct external lift training over civilian areas. The papers wrote that an official at the government and external affairs office of the Marine Corps Installations Pacific Command told the group that the Marines do not carry out such training over civilian areas. According to Okinawa Times, one of the assembly members told reporters after meeting with the Marine official that the U.S. military’s statement sounded like an “excuse.” Ryukyu Shimpo wrote that Ambassador in charge of Okinawan Affairs Kawata commented on the local assembly’s call for the closure of Landing Zone Falcon at Camp Hansen, saying at the MOFA Okinawa office that the U.S. military has told Japan that the landing zone is indispensable.

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