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Defense Minister Kishi says delay in U.S. notification of TFOA incident a serious matter

  • August 21, 2021
  • , Okinawa Times, Ryukyu Shimpo
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Saturday’s Okinawa Times and Ryukyu Shimpo reported on the remarks made by Defense Minister Kishi at a regular press briefing on Friday. He reportedly commented on the recent “things falling off aircraft” (TFOA) incident involving a U.S. military plane in Okinawa. The papers wrote that while confirming at around 9:30 p.m. on Aug.12 that parts had apparently fallen off a Futenma-based MV-22, the U.S. military did not notify the GOJ of the incident until the evening of the following day. Kishi reportedly said that the GOJ regards the U.S. military’s delayed notification as a very serious matter and will call on the U.S. side to take appropriate steps. The defense minister reportedly added that although he does not believe that the U.S. military concealed information, it is necessary to promptly provide accurate information. Concerning whether the U.S. military should suspend flights of all Ospreys at the base, Kishi reportedly said that he has no intention to make such a request because he understands that the U.S. military has conducted safety inspections on all of the Ospreys at Futenma.

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