Ginowan Mayor’s sit-in-protest against the Osprey deployment

Ginowan Mayor’s sit-in-protest against the Osprey deployment

In the morning of June 13, at the Ginowan City Hall, the Mayor Takeshi Asato (second from right) and others carry out a sit-in protest against the plan to deploy MV-22 Osprey.

June 13, 2011 Ryukyu Shimpo

On the morning of June 13 residents of Ginowan City watched a sit-in protest rally at the City Hall against plans to deploy the MV-22 Osprey vertical takeoff and landing transport aircraft. The protest included Takeshi Asato, mayor of Ginowan City, city council members and members of six major groups from the city. The U.S. military plans to deploy the aircraft at the Futenma Air Station in Ginowan City from late 2012.
Before the protest action, Mayor Asato said, “Fifteen years have passed since the governments of Japan and the United States agreed that the Futenma Air Station should be returned to the people of Okinawa, but there has been no progress at all in that direction. Residents of Ginowan are plagued by incessant noise, and the U.S. military does not keep to the terms of the noise control agreement that prohibits the operation of helicopters after 10:00pm. Helicopters blatantly fly over residential areas flouting limitations placed on their flight course. This is outrageous, so there is no way that we can allow the deployment of the Osprey.”

(English Translation by T&CT, Mark Ealey)

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