Ryukyu Shimpo wrote that in response to an increase in aircraft noise at Kadena AB this week, Mayor Toyama of the town of Kadena submitted to the Defense Ministry’s Okinawa Bureau on Wednesday a written request for the reduction in the base-hosting burden on local residents. Bureau Director Tanaka reportedly told the mayor that he heard from the U.S. military that aircraft operations at the base have increased this week to maintain readiness and that the number of takeoffs and landings at the base will return to normal by the end of the week. He added that the bureau called on the U.S. military to minimize the impact on local residents. According to the paper, the frequency of instances of noise generated by aircraft using Kadena increased by two to five times from last week. The mayor reportedly told the bureau chief that he hopes that the base-hosting burden on Kadena citizens will not increase further because the noise is reaching an unacceptable level. Okinawa Times ran a similar report, adding that the municipal government received 20 complaints from local residents on Tuesday alone, compared with only nine last week.