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Okinawa government lodges protest with U.S. consul general against incidental fall of suspended container

  • August 1, 2021
  • , Okinawa Times
  • JMH Translation

Sunday’s Okinawa Times wrote that an Okinawa prefectural government official in charge of base issues visited the U.S. Consulate General Naha on Friday to lodge a protest against the July 13 incident in which a suspended metal container fell from a U.S. military CH-53E helicopter in waters off Tonaki Island. According to the Okinawa official, Acting Consul General Richard Roberts told him that it is regrettable that the incident caused anxiety to local residents and that the U.S. military is taking the incident seriously. The local official requested that measures to prevent a recurrence be taken, adding that it is very regrettable that incidents involving U.S. military aircraft occurred recently, including Futenma-based aircraft’s emergency landings on Tsuken Island in Okinawa in June and in Miyazaki Prefecture on July 27.

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