The Aomori Prefecture Peace Committee and the Kamitosan Peace Committee, represented, respectively, by Kunisada Ogasawara and Kimiko Abe, sent letters of protest to the Defense Ministry’s Misawa Defense Office in Misawa City on July 24 against the arrival of two U.S. Air Force CV-22 Osprey transport aircraft to the Misawa base on July 17. The letters are addressed to U.S. Misawa Air Base Commander Col. Kristopher W. Struve and Defense Minister Itsunori Onodera.
The two peace committee representatives, Abe and Ogasawara, handed their letters of protest to the defense office’s director, Hisayuki Honda. In the letter of protest to Misawa AB Commander Struve, the two committees call for him to apologize to Aomori Prefecture’s people and local residents and request the top brass call off the deployment of Ospreys to the base, claiming: “The CV-22 Osprey is said to be structurally defective. This aircraft must not be allowed to fly in Japan, which is densely populated.”
Abe stressed: “The CV-22 Osprey is an aircraft that has led to a number of accidents, and their causes have yet to be determined. So this aircraft should not fly in the skies of Japan.”
Prior to the lodging of the protest letters, seven members from the two committees made speeches on the streets against the arrival of Ospreys. Some of the speeches were made near the Misawa base gate.