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Kono says U.S. should have reported 2016 mishap involving two planes off Okinawa

Saturday’s Asahi took up remarks made at the Diet on Friday by Defense Minister Kono, who said that the U.S. military should have notified Japan at the time of a mishap involving two of its aircraft off the main island of Okinawa in April 2016. According to the minister, the U.S. side reported the case to the ministry only recently, attributing the delay to the fact that the incident occurred over international waters some 270 km off from Kadena AB, which the U.S. military considered to be outside the zone that required immediate notification.  


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