The Conference on Measures against Noise from Atsugi Base (Chairman: Kanagawa Governor Yuji Kuroiwa), consisting of the heads of Kanagawa Prefecture and nine cities, on Oct. 25 called for the Japanese and U.S. governments to conduct all of the landing practices of the U.S. military’s carrier-based aircraft on Ioto Island.
The conference asked the two governments to secure a permanent training facility. In addition, it requested they provide the municipalities concerned with information on the Atsugi base’s operation and noise, as well as give full explanations to local residents.
Gov. Kuroiwa visited the U.S. Embassy in Tokyo and also called at the Foreign Ministry and the Defense Ministry on the same day to hand written proposals. According to an official of the Kanagawa Prefectural Government who accompanied the governor, U.S. Embassy Deputy Chief of Mission Joseph Young met with Kuroiwa and expressed his view that the U.S. wants to minimize impacts on local communities. The official also said that the Foreign Ministry told the governor that it would accelerate negotiations regarding a permanent facility [for field carrier landing practice] with the island of Mageshima as a candidate site. The Defense Ministry explained that it would expedite soundproofing work for houses, the official said.