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Okinawa expresses distrust of U.S. military’s aircraft safety measures

Okinawa Times wrote that in response to a Futenma-based MV-22 Osprey’s emergency landing at Amami Airport in Kagoshima on Saturday and other recent emergency landings in Okinawa, the Okinawa Prefectural Government made a request at the Defense Ministry’s Okinawa bureau on Sunday for the central government to call on the U.S. military to inform the people of Okinawa about the measures it is taking to prevent such incidents. The paper quoted a prefectural government official as saying that it is very regrettable that there have been incidents involving Ospreys recently, including a crash off Nago in December last year and an emergency landing on Ie Jima Island on June 6. He added that these incidents have caused the prefecture and its people to harbor doubts about the effectiveness of the U.S. military’s aircraft maintenance and safety measures.

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