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Saga governor indicates acceptance of Japanese Ospreys at local airport

  • December 30, 2017
  • , Kyodo
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Kyodo reported on Saturday on its recent interview with Saga Governor Yamaguchi, who noted that he will make a final decision to accept the Defense Ministry’s plan to deploy GSDF Ospreys at Saga Airport pending assurances from the central government about the safety of the aircraft, compensation for possible accidents and incidents involving the tilt-rotor planes, and measures to stimulate the local economy. “I plan to cooperate on issues of national defense,” the governor said. He voiced displeasure at the idea reportedly being pursued by some ministry officials of finding a different location for the GSDF MV-22s on account of strong opposition to the Saga deployment by local fishermen.

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