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Kadena officer comments on U.S. compliance with flight rules

  • February 4, 2021
  • , Okinawa Times, Ryukyu Shimpo
  • JMH Translation

Okinawa Times and Ryukyu Shimpo wrote that Col. Michael Thomas, commander of the 353 Special Operations Group belonging to Kadena Air Base, told the chief of the executive office of the Okinawa governor by phone on Wednesday that the U.S. military is giving sufficient consideration to flight regulations in Japan. The papers wrote that Col. Thomas made the remarks in response to Okinawa’s protest against low-altitude training flights by U.S. military aircraft over the area surrounding the Kerama Islands. Okinawa Times wrote that the views of the U.S. military and the Okinawa prefectural government differ because the U.S. military officer reportedly said the U.S. military is complying with all flight agreements between the United States and Japan, including those stipulated by the International Civil Aviation Organization and Japan’s aviation law, while Okinawa claims that U.S. aircraft have flown at altitudes much lower than those mandated by the agreements. 

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