On Feb. 6, Tokyo’s Minato Ward and its assembly requested the Ministry of Defense (MOD) and the Tokyo Metropolitan Government to promptly return a U.S. military heliport base situated in the ward’s Roppongi district. The heliport is located at the “Akasaka Press Center,” a U.S. military base, and is close to residential houses, the Aoyama Cemetery, and the National Art Center, Tokyo. The ward and its assembly have been making the request every year since 2004.
New flight routes for Haneda Airport are set to be used from March 29. The ward is concerned that it will be exposed to greater noise if the U.S. military helicopters are forced to change their course due to the new routes passing near the base. (Abridged)