By Sunakawa Hironori
Kitanakagusuku—Kitanakagusuku village assembly (chair: Nako Toshitsumu) unanimously adopted a written opinion and a resolution of protest concerning the incident in which a water bottle fell on private land from a Futenma-based vertical takeoff/landing transport helicopter MV-22 Osprey. The village assembly passed both documents at its regular meeting on December 3.
“We cannot help but point out that [the U.S. military] lacks the capability to ensure safety and manage crises,” said the documents, which called for a halt to flights of Ospreys and fundamental revision of the Status of Forces Agreement. “The incident reminds us again of the fact that the lives of residents are being exposed to a serious risk.”
The written opinion is addressed to the Prime Minister and the Minister of Foreign Affairs. The protest resolution is addressed to the U.S. Ambassador to Japan [sic] and the Commander of III Marine Expeditionary Force.