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Pandemic stalls GOJ’s consultations with local fishing groups on SDF Ospreys in Saga

Yomiuri reported on Saturday that the coronavirus outbreak appears to be standing in the way of the Defense Ministry’s plan to obtain by the end of this year local consent for its planned deployment of 17 GSDF MV-22s at Saga Airport because scheduled meetings with local fishermen have been canceled to avoid “close contact.” Negotiations with landowners on building necessary facilities in the vicinity reportedly cannot be launched in the absence of consent from the fishing associations. The daily added that the temporary deployment of the Japanese Ospreys at GSDF Camp Kisarazu in Chiba has also been delayed on account of the virus.

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