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USFJ official expresses support for possible commercial use of Yokota AB during Olympics

  • April 23, 2019
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Asahi and Nikkei wrote that when asked about the possibility of allowing commercial aircraft to use the Yokota AB during the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, Brig. Gen. Mahoney, deputy commander of the U.S. Forces Japan, told media outlets on Monday that the USFJ is ready to support the idea “one hundred percent if there is a request.” However, Sankei quoted Brig. Gen. Mahoney as saying that the USFJ is ready to support the idea fully if the U.S. side approves the details. The papers also quoted the deputy commander as telling journalists that nothing has been decided yet on how to deal with commercial aircraft at the Yokota base or other U.S. military facilities, adding, however, that the requirements for the plan and U.S. cooperation with Japan in hosting the Olympics are under discussion by the two nations’ working-level officials.


Jiji and Kyodo ran similar stories, with Jiji saying that the deputy commander welcomed U.S.-Japan cooperation in cybersecurity by reportedly telling the journalists that cybersecurity is an area where the United States and Japan can find good opportunities to enhance their information sharing and interoperability and that the two nations will be able to swiftly integrate and work closer in this domain. The wire service interpreted this remark as the deputy commander stressing the importance of U.S.-Japan cooperation in new domains such as space, cyberspace, and electromagnetic waves.

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