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Ginowan school hit by hate calls after U.S. chopper incident

  • December 25, 2017
  • , Jiji Press , 2:04 p.m.
  • English Press

Ginowan, Okinawa Pref., Dec. 25 (Jiji Press)–An elementary school in Ginowan, Okinawa Prefecture, and the city’s education board have been targeted by hate calls since a U.S. military helicopter window dropped onto the school next to the U.S. Marine Corps’ Futenma air station.

The school was built after the base, and there is “no room for sympathy,” one caller said.

In the incident on Dec. 13, the metal-framed window dropped from a CH-53E large helicopter onto the playground. A schoolchild was hit by a pebble-like object that flew up when the window fell.

People in the southernmost prefecture “ran around to escape during (World War II) and saw their land bulldozed and made into U.S. bases,” a senior official of the education board said. “I want these facts recognized.”

According to the board, a total of 32 hate calls had been received as of Thursday.

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