Kadena Town Council adopts resolution against intense noise from congested Kadena Air Base

Kadena Town Council adopts resolution against intense noise from congested Kadena Air Base

At 10:38 a.m. on July 4, the Kadena Town Council unanimously adopts a resolution and statement of protest concerning noise pollution.


July 4, 2017 Ryukyu Shimpo online edition

On the morning of July 4, the Kadena Town Council held an extraordinary session at which they unanimously adopted a resolution and statement of protest concerning intensified noise pollution from foreign aircraft flying into Kadena Air Base. It was addressed during the session that due to many foreign aircraft, such as F-16 and F-35 fighter planes and U-2 reconnaissance planes, both deployed at the base and flying in from elsewhere, Kadena Air Base is congested to an abnormal degree. The Kadena Town Council requested: 1. adherence to the noise prevention agreement and implementation of noise abatement measures; 2. an immediate withdrawal of foreign aircraft (from Kadena Air Base); and 3. that from here on out all foreign aircraft be prohibited from flying into Kadena Air Base.

In May as well, when F-16 fighter planes from Buckley Air Force Base in Colorado came to be temporarily deployed to Kadena Air Base, the town council adopted a resolution and statement of protest to request planning toward noise abatement. The town council further protested and made appeals. Even after these efforts, F-35 fighter planes from U.S. Osan Air Base in South Korea and U-2 reconnaissance planes from U.S. Air Station Iwakuni came flying into Kadena Air Base.

Kadena Town Council members visited and appealed to the Okinawa Defense Bureau on July 4. On July 7, members will visit the Ministry of Foreign Affairs’ Okinawa Liaison Office, the Prefectural Office, and the Prefectural Assembly for the same purpose. After that, they will also deliver their resolution of protest to the U.S. Air Force’s 18th Wing.

(English translation by T&CT and Erin Jones)

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