Okinawa Times front-paged a report saying that concerning the continued use of the Navy ramp at Kadena AB by U-2 reconnaissance aircraft belonging to Osan AB in South Korea, the U.S. Air Force in Japan told the paper on Wednesday that it was agreed at the U.S.-Japan Joint Committee in 2009 that the ramp would be used for necessary operations. The U.S. military added that the agreement is in line with the noise reduction initiatives agreed upon in the 1996 SACO Final Report. However, the paper wrote that the Defense Ministry’s Okinawa bureau told the paper that there was no such agreement, quoting a source connected to the ministry as expressing displeasure by saying that it was a unilateral statement by the U.S. The paper wrote that it cannot confirm whether the agreement exists because the committee in principle does not publicize its discussions. The paper added that local residents are strongly opposed to the continued use of the ramp, but the U.S. military will likely continue using the facility based on its purported agreement with the GOJ.