By Yoshida Ken-ichi
URASOE – At a plenary session of the regular meeting for December held on Dec. 1, the Urasoe municipal assembly (Chair: Higa Katsumasa) protested an incident in which a water bottle fell from an MV-22 Osprey vertical takeoff and landing transport aircraft deployed at the U.S. military’s Futenma air base. The assembly unanimously adopted a protest resolution and position paper, calling for an investigation into the cause of the incident and effective measures to prevent a recurrence.
The protest resolution and position paper criticized the U.S. military, saying, “We have to say it is not capable of managing the airfield, crises, or safety” at Futenma. They also asserted that “the early closure and return of the base is the only solution.”
The protest resolution is addressed to the U.S. President and the U.S. ambassador to Japan, and the position paper is addressed to the prime minister, the defense minister, and the chief of the Okinawa Defense Bureau. It will be sent to relevant organizations by postal mail.