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Inada says April parachute drills at Kadena don’t constitute “relocation” of training to Okinawa

  • June 28, 2017
  • , Okinawa Times, Ryukyu Shimpo
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Okinawa Times and Ryukyu Shimpo wrote that concerning the parachute drop drills that were conducted at Kadena AB in April, Defense Minister Inada stated during a news conference on Tuesday that the U.S. has told Japan that troops from the U.S. mainland did not come to Okinawa for the drill, but instructors were dispatched to Okinawa to provide the training. However, Ryukyu Shimpo wrote that although the defense minister expressed the view that the drills did not constitute a “relocation” of U.S. military training to Okinawa, it was a “relocation” in the practical sense because the U.S. military conducted the drills outside of the U.S. mainland for the first time.


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