The Naha City Assembly (chairperson: Tomohiro Kudaka) unanimously passed a draft “proposal and resolution to strongly protest a series of accidents, crimes, failures to disclose accidents and crimes, misconduct, and frequent disregard of safety involving the U.S. military” at a plenary meeting of the November regular assembly session held on Nov. 28. The move came in response to an accident in which a part fell from a MC-130J special operations aircraft on Oct. 18, among other incidents.
The proposal and resolution touched on the fact that the U.S. did not notify Japan of the collision of a fighter jet and a refueling aircraft in 2016. They call for (1) swift and accurate notification of and information disclosure on crimes and accidents and (2) suspension of flight training of the aircraft in question until the cause of accident is identified and safety measures are established.
The proposal will be sent to the prime minister, the foreign minister, the defense minister, and other individuals. The resolution will be sent to the U.S. President, the U.S. Consul General to Okinawa, et al.