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Sagamihara mayor will continue to seek end of low-altitude U.S. military flights

  • June 25, 2021
  • , Kanagawa Shimbun , p. 19
  • JMH Translation

At the June 24 Sagamihara City Assembly meeting, Mayor Motomura Kentaro said that he will “continue to request the U.S. military and the Japanese government to prohibit low-altitude military flights and training in the airspace above densely populated areas and to resolve the issue of noise pollution.” Motomura was responding to a question from assembly member Kaneko Tokio (Shimin Minshu Club).


Kaneko also noted that the Japanese side was not able to be fully involved in the investigation of the 2015 explosion at the U.S. Army Sagami General Depot, and suggested that “the Japan-U.S. Status of Forces Agreement (SOFA) needs to be reviewed.”


Motomura said, “We will persistently ask the government to review the SOFA and improve operations.” 

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