US military parachute drop training: Ie Mayor requests Defense Bureau to take stricter safety measure

US military parachute drop training: Ie Mayor requests Defense Bureau to take stricter safety measure

Ie Village Mayor Hideyuki Shimabukuro (far left) went to the Okinawa Defense Bureau office in Kadena to ask Deputy Director of the Okinawa Defense Bureau Maki Koyanagi (second from right) to prevent a recurrence of a potentially dangerous incident that occurred during U.S. military training on August 10.


August 10, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo

A U.S. soldier landed on a field outside a fence around the military facility on Ie Island during a parachute drop training on August 5.

Ie Village Mayor Hideyuki Shimabukuro and the Village Assembly Chairman Yoshinori Shimabukuro met with Deputy Director of the Okinawa Defense Bureau Maki Koyanagi on August 10. They urged the Defense Bureau to ensure the U.S. military takes stricter safety measures.

Koyanagi said, “The area where a soldier has landed is a place where local people are able to enter. We again want to ask the U.S. military to take further safety and preventative measures.”

The assembly chairman told reporters, “Regardless of how big or small the incident is, it is important to request improvements to safety every time. It will help prevent potential accidents.”

(English translation by T&CT)

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