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Local residents petition gov’t, Tokyo metropolitan gov’t, U.S. Embassy for removal of Azabu heliport

  • April 14, 2018
  • , Akahata , p. 13
  • JMH Translation

On April 12, Minato Ward’s action committee for the removal of the U.S. military’s Azabu heliport submitted a petition to the central government, the U.S. Embassy in Tokyo and the Tokyo metropolitan government calling for the removal of the Azabu heliport, which occupies a 27,000-square-meter plot in downtown Tokyo, the revision of the Japan-U.S. status of forces agreement, and the elimination of noise pollution.

 

The petition stresses that U.S. forces’ helicopters flying in and out of the Azabu base instill fear of crashes among local residents and workers, and cause noise, vibration, and wind damage. The petition warns that if an accident happened in this area dense with homes, offices and cultural facilities such as the National Art Center Tokyo, it would claim many lives and destroy cultural assets. The committee demands removal of the base, a ban on late night and early morning flights, and a survey of noise pollution. 

 

The committee has organized a public meeting to demand the removal of the base. The meeting will be held at Aoyama Park from 18:30 on April 18. (Abridged)

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