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Okinawa Prefectural Assembly adopts resolution protesting unscheduled landing by U.S. military chopper

  • June 29, 2021
  • , Ryukyu Shimpo , p. 2
  • JMH Translation

During the June plenary session held on June 28, the Okinawa Prefectural Assembly (chaired by Akamine Noboru) unanimously adopted a protest resolution and a written opinion calling for the suspension of U.S. military aircraft flights and training over residential areas in protest against an unscheduled landing by a U.S. military helicopter in a field on Tsuke Island in Uruma City on June 2. The resolution is addressed to the U.S. government including the U.S. ambassador to Japan [sic], while the written opinion is addressed to the Japanese government including the prime minister.

 

The resolution and the written opinion point out that the landing site is only about 120 meters from a resident’s house, and that aircraft at the U.S. military Futenma base have repeatedly crashed and made unscheduled landings. “In order to protect the lives and property of the people of Okinawa Prefecture, we strongly protest [the unscheduled landing],” the resolution and the written opinion said. In addition, the resolution and the written opinion call for the following five things: (1) a thorough investigation into the cause of the unscheduled landing and the release of results of the investigation; (2) the suspension of U.S. military aircraft flights and training over residential areas; (3) a review of the maintenance and inspection system for U.S. military aircraft; (4) strict enforcement of restrictions on night flight training; and (5) a fundamental revision of the Japan-U.S. Status of Forces Agreement.

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