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U.S. agrees to modify U.S. forces’ training area to increase Narita Airport slots

  • May 18, 2019
  • , Yomiuri
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Saturday morning’s Yomiuri wrote that the governments of the United States and Japan agreed at a Joint Committee meeting on Friday that the United States will make changes to the location and shape of a U.S. military training area in waters off the Boso Peninsula in Chiba Prefecture this summer. The paper wrote that the changes will make it possible to increase slots for commercial flights at Narita Airport ahead of the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. According to the Ministry of Defense, the adjustments will be made to the Charlie water training area, over which the passage of commercial flights is restricted because U.S. warships use the area for live-firing drills and other training. The paper wrote that the adjustments are expected to add 40,000 slots sometime after late March in 2020 to the annual arrival and departure slots at Narita Airport, which currently stands at 300,000. Saturday morning’s Mainichi ran a similar report.

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