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Okinawa government lodges protest with U.S. Consulate against low-altitude flights over Kerama Islands

  • January 29, 2021
  • , Okinawa Times, Ryukyu Shimpo
  • JMH Translation

Ryukyu Shimpo wrote that the chief of the executive office of the Okinawa governor visited the U.S. Consulate General Naha on Thursday to lodge a protest against a series of low-altitude training flights conducted by U.S. military aircraft over the area surrounding the Kerama Islands. According to the paper, the Okinawa official told a consulate official that it is very regrettable that the drills cause great anxiety among local residents and requested the Consulate to urge the U.S. military not to conduct such exercises outside designated areas. The paper claimed that the Okinawa official visited the Consulate because the Consulate did not respond to the prefectural government’s request to come to its office. The paper added that the prefectural office is planning to lodge a protest with the U.S. military by phone and in writing because the U.S. military has not responded to the prefecture’s request to come to its office. According to the Okinawa official, the Consulate official stressed that these were important exercises for the U.S.-Japan alliance and that it is necessary to strike a balance between training and consideration for the local community. Okinawa Times ran a similar report.

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