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Komeito urges Suga to ask U.S. to suspend military aircraft flights if accident occurs again

  • January 16, 2018
  • , Tokyo Shimbun , p. 5
  • JMH Translation

Komeito Secretary-General Yoshihisa Inoue on Jan. 15 called on Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga and requested that if a U.S. military airplane causes an accident again in Okinawa Prefecture, the government call for the U.S. to suspend flights of the same type of aircraft as the troubled aircraft until the cause of the accident is determined and preventive measures are announced. During a meeting of the government and ruling parties held in the Diet building, Inoue told Suga, “People in Okinawa have a strong distrust [of the U.S. military],” Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) Secretary-General Toshihiro Nikai also agreed with Inoue.


The ruling bloc is concerned about how the string of accidents involving U.S. military aircraft might affect a Nago mayoral election, which will be officially announced on Jan. 28 and be dominated by the planned relocation of the U.S. Marine Corps’ Futenma air station from its current location in Ginowan, to Henoko in Nago.

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