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Parachute drop training conducted despite local protests

  • August 10, 2017
  • , Okinawa Times, Ryukyu Shimpo
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Okinawa Times and Ryukyu Shimpo front-paged parachute drop training conducted by the U.S. military on Wednesday night in designated training waters in Uruma City, Okinawa, noting that the prefectural and municipal governments had strongly requested the cancellation of the practice, which was the fifth of its kind this year. Pointing out that this was the first time this year for the U.S. military to carry out this type of training in this location at night, the dailies said local residents are worried that parachute drop training will continue indefinitely. Okinawa’s anger at the U.S. military reportedly has grown particularly intense following the drill because the military has also ignored local pleas to discontinue Osprey flights in the island prefecture in response to the fatal crash in waters off Australia.  

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