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U.S. Marine officer tells local assembly members that helicopters did not fly over school

  • January 23, 2018
  • , Okinawa Times, Ryukyu Shimpo
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Okinawa Times led with a follow-up report on the Defense Ministry’s announcement that three U.S. military helicopters apparently flew over Futenma Daiini Elementary School on Jan. 18. Col. Darin Clarke, who manages the Marines’ government and external affairs in the Pacific, reportedly told a group of Okinawa prefectural assembly members at Camp Foster on Monday that the helicopters did not fly directly over the school by showing them a radar tracking chart from the day of the alleged flight. However, the paper wrote that Director General Nakajima of the Defense Ministry’s Okinawa Defense Bureau reportedly dismissed the U.S. military’s explanation when he met with the local legislators afterward. Ryukyu Shimpo gave top play to a similar report.

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